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Mark Klaus

Executive Director

Mark Klaus is the Executive Director of the San Diego Regional Center (SDRC).  He was appointed to this position by the San Diego-Imperial Counties Developmental Services, Inc. Board of Directors on November 1, 2021. 

Before joining SDRC, Mark was President and Chief Executive Officer of Home of Guiding Hands (HGH). This community-based provider supports over 4,000 individuals in both San Diego and Imperial counties.  In the decade that Mark led HGH, he doubled the number of employees and the annual operations budget and significantly enhanced the geographic area for consumer services. Additionally, Mark served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Charleston Transitional Facility in Champaign, Illinois.  

Mark has almost 40 years of senior-level executive experience operating and developing person-centered service options for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  He is active in numerous local, statewide, and national organizations, including the California Department of Developmental Services Statewide (DDS) Task Force, DDS Fiscal & System Reform Workgroup, the Department of Healthcare Services Long Term Care Carve-In Workgroup, the Autism Provider Exchange, and many others.  

Mark is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and attended the prestigious Stanford Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.  He lives in San Diego with Angie, his wife of 35 years.

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.

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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


New Location!


3095 Imperial Avenue

El Centro, CA 92243
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

SDRC Office Locations
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