Our Mission

The Protect Our Communities Foundation defends communities and nature in San Diego County, Imperial County, and Northern Baja California from harmful energy projects and advances better energy solutions through advocacy and law.

Support POC

The Protect Our Communities Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.


The Protect Our Communities Foundation Board of Directors currently has three members from across San Diego County communities:

Denis Trafecanty
Co-Founder and President
Santa Ysabel, CA

Denis Trafecanty co-founded The Protect Our Communities Foundation in December, 2006. He currently serves as President of POC. Mr. Trafecanty has worked for Accountants Direct as a Principal since July 2008. Prior to Accountants Direct, he was the Managing Partner for the San Diego practice of Tatum, LLC for eight years.

Mr. Trafecanty has over thirty years of business and financial experience including over twenty three years as the Chief Financial Officer for a broad range of companies, both public and private, with annual revenues ranging from $2 million to $460 million. He was previously licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for the State of California. He graduated from Loyola/Marymount University (formerly Loyola University) in Los Angeles, California with a BA degree in Accounting.

Mr. Trafecanty has been a marathoner for the last 25 years and an ultra marathoner for the last 18 years. He has successfully completed over twelve 100 mile runs and over 125 organized runs of 26.2 miles or longer.

Michael Pinto
Co-Founder and Treasurer
Warner Springs, CA

Michael Pinto
Michael Pinto, Ph.D., has extensive experience in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. He retired from his successful business in the early eighties and has since served on numerous nonprofit boards. He currently serves on the California State Parks Foundation, chairs the Volcan Mountain Foundation, and is past chair and current board member of the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research at the University of San Diego. He was a founding member of The Protect Our Communities Foundation and is its current treasurer and member of its board.

Dr. Pinto earned his Ph.D. in the field of nonprofit organization theory and practice and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of San Diego as well as writing various articles on that subject.

He also writes extensively on economics and government and has an abiding interest in public policy matters having previously served on The Orange County Great Park Corporation board, a Brown Act board tasked with designing and constructing an over one billion dollar public-benefit project.

Bill Powers
San Diego, CA

Bill Powers, P.E., is an energy expert with extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of energy and environmental engineering, air emissions control, and regional energy planning. He works with clients throughout the United States and Latin America, providing expert testimony and analysis, strategic planning, and equipment testing for public sector and private industry clients.

Mr. Powers has authored technical studies on a variety of energy-related topics, including: distributed generation-based strategic energy plan for the San Diego region, gas turbine air emission controls, power plant cooling systems, integrated strategic energy and environmental planning in the California – Baja California border region, and use of integrated gasification combined cycle power generation to facilitate carbon dioxide capture and sequestration in Midwestern coal-burning states. Mr. Powers is a voting member of San Diego Association of Governments Energy Working Group. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and Masters of Public Health in Environmental Sciences from the University of North Carolina. Mr. Powers has been a registered professional engineer in California since 1986.