Our Mission

The Protect Our Communities Foundation defends communities and nature in San Diego County, Imperial County, and northern Baja California. We advance better energy and environmental solutions through advocacy and law.

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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 five members from across California’s 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.
Craig Rose
San Diego, CA
A longtime journalist and more recently a consultant, Craig Rose has covered the energy industry for nearly two decades. As a staff writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune, he wrote about the rollout of California’s landmark solar initiative and the state’s disastrous electricity deregulation initiative.More recently, Mr. Rose has worked as an energy adviser to the San Diego City Attorney, as an editor for an international chain of photovoltaic magazines and as a consultant to environmental groups.

Mr. Rose enjoys San Diego’s diverse natural open spaces and is committed to preserving this environment for generations to come. He believes that San Diego County is well positioned for a responsible transition to renewable energy. This can preserve the region’s natural beauty, rapidly and dramatically reduce carbon emissions, provide abundant work opportunities with good pay and generally boost the region’s economy.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Rose holds a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.