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Mark Klaus

Executive Director

The San Diego Regional Center is beaming with appreciation to welcome Mark Klaus as the new executive director.


As a senior-level executive with over 35 years of expertise and proven success in the human service industry, he immediately brings the working knowledge, proficiency, and gravitas to lead the largest nonprofit in San Diego and Imperial Counties. 


His formative leadership role as chief executive occurred in two organizations in Illinois.  Most recently, Mr. Klaus served as the President and CEO of Home of Guiding Hands and led the agency to impressive growth through challenging times, particularly during the pandemic. 


Mr. Klaus assumed a leadership role within the service provider community. He worked in concert with the San Diego Regional Center to ensure the safety and wellbeing of over 30,000 clients and families and the thousands of service providers during the unprecedented COVID crisis.  Mr. Klaus’s close and collaborative efforts with the San Diego Regional Center and his partnership with Carlos Flores, previous executive director, have engendered a well-earned trust and familiarity that ensured a smooth transition. 


Mr. Klaus has a solid academic foundation at respected institutions such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Executive Program for Nonprofits at Stanford University.  He has received countless prestigious awards recognizing exemplary leadership in the nonprofit sector.  He is extraordinarily well connected and highly regarded within the field of developmental disabilities.

About the San Diego Regional Center

The San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) is a service of San Diego-Imperial Counties Developmental Services, Inc.


SDRC is a focal point in the community for persons with developmental disabilities (intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or other disabling conditions similar to intellectual disabilities) living in San Diego and Imperial counties.

We are a private, non-profit 501 c (3) organization that contracts with California to provide the services outlined in the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act. The San Diego Regional Center is one of 21 regional centers throughout California.


Read about the history and progress made since the two pilot regional centers opened their doors in 1966.


Our Goals

  • Enhance the quality of individuals’ daily living experiences in the provision of day services by improving individual experiences in activities that are defined as meaningful to/by them.

  • Increase the number of clients engaged in competitive and integrated employment.

  • Increase the number of affordable housing opportunities.

  • Reduce disparity in purchase of service spending among ethnic groups.

  • Improve collaboration between and among the San Diego Regional Center with vendors, Department of Developmental Services, elected state officials, and other community partners.

We Value

  • The uniqueness of human life is valued.

  • Client and family choice is respected.

  • Services reflect, and are sensitive to, the cultural and ethnic diversity of the community.

  • We value outreach and collaboration with the community to identify the individual’s needs and develop new ideas and services.

  • High quality services engender a sense of confidence and support within the community.

  • Individuals, communities and government entities are well informed about (issues and services affecting) persons with developmental disabilities.

SDRC Locations

In order to serve you better, we have offices around San Diego County and in Imperial Valley

Kearny Mesa Headquarters


4355 Ruffin Rd, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92123
P (858) 576-2996
F (858) 576-2873


5931 Priestly Drive, Suite 100
Carlsbad CA, 92008
P (760) 736-1200
F (760) 736-1262



8760 Cuyamaca St, Suite 100
Santee, CA 92071
P (619) 596-1000
F (619) 596-1098


2727 Hoover Avenue, Suite 100
National City, CA 91950
P (619) 336-6600
F (619) 477-6248

Imperial County office


512 West Aten Road
Imperial, CA 92251
P (760) 355-8383
F (760) 355-0739


15015 Avenue of Science, Suite 250
San Diego, CA 92128
P (858) 924-8700
F (858) 924-0878

Carmel Mountain office
Eastlake office


2300 Boswell Road, Suite 200

Chula Vista, CA 91914

phone: (619) 489-3200

fax: (619) 489-3299