Current WGSD Leadership Teams

Members are encouraged to participate on leadership teams that best fit individual interests and talents. A member may join as many teams as desired and may contribute as many or as few hours as preferred.


Advocacy TeamAdvocacy Virginia and Jessica
Co-Chairs Jessica Peter & Virginia Chambers  


The purpose of the Advocacy team is to capture essential information about how legislation affects women in achieving self-sufficiency. The Advocacy team shares this information with WGSD members and legislative officials to develop creative solutions and build support for initiatives that positively impact the lives of low-income women and their families.  The team monitors legislative activities, meets regularly with legislators and their staff, and plans presentations that feature local legislators or community representatives.  The team also encourages members to learn about the Women’s Policy Institute, a vital project of the Women’s Foundation of California.

Communications/Social Media Team                                                            Co-Chairs Cassie Edmonds and Pamela Mudd (not pictured)

The purpose of the Communications Team is to efficiently and consistently communicate information within our membership and to the wider San Diego community.
Our team uses many methods to communicate and educate! We post events and information to Facebook, tweet about women’s topics on Twitter, engage our membership and others through our website, write blogs about the impact of our work on our grantees, take photos and videos of members and events, and write a monthly newsletter.



Community Engagement Team

 Co-Chairs Courtney Brown & Susanne Marczak                                             Contact:

The purpose of the Community Engagement Team is to create opportunities for membership to engage with organizations in the community that are aligned with WGSD’s mission.  The team identifies and connects WGSD members with volunteer opportunities that allow them to interact with grantees and partner agencies in a meaningful way. The Community Engagement Team hosts events that bring together WGSD members and grant partners in a space of learning and collaboration.  Events may include workshops, mixers and team building activities.


Education Team

Co-Chairs Andrea Rose & Lenise Andrade                                                         Contact: education@womengivesd.orgeducation team Andrea and Lenise

The purpose of the Education Team is to educate the members of WGSD and the local community on the issues affecting women at risk in San Diego, as well as provide research to the Grants Team to ensure funding is going to the areas of greatest need and impact.

The Education team produces multiple marketing pieces, such as brochures and flyers, to support the numerous programs and events of WGSD.  Bi-annually, the team creates a research booklet that outlines the most at-risk female populations in San Diego.  In the upcoming year, the team will produce a report of the results of WGSD grants over the past two years, allowing members and non-members to see the tangible effects of their giving.


Grants Team

Co-Chairs Marcia Hazan, Amy Bernal & Krista Stellmacher                       Contact:


The purpose of the Grants Team is to design and implement a thorough and effective granting process that includes: identifying granting priority action areas, recruiting potential grantees and evaluating proposals through a thoughtful, democratic, and efficient process.  Members of the Grants Team examine potential grantees’ capacity to further WGSD’s mission to improve the economic self-sufficiency and security of women and girls in San Diego County.


Membership Team

Co-Chairs Brittany Russell & Ramsey Helson                                                                    Contact:  communications@womengivesd.orgIMG_4508

The purpose of the Membership Team is to assure that WGSD maintains a strong and diverse membership. We welcome new members with phone calls and a welcome packet, conduct orientation sessions, monitor membership trends/data, contact guests who attend our events to encourage their future membership with WGSD, and we stay engaged with current members to encourage their attendance at our events year round.


Mentorship Team

Co-Chairs Merle Brodie & Jennifer Nation (not pictured)                                           Contact:  mentorship@womengivesd.orgtest

The purpose of the Mentorship Team is to provide mentoring to WGSD members of all ages, recognizing the importance of learning across generations.  The team provides programs that focus on support, leadership, risk-taking, and advice for women young or mature. The team honors Jan Tuttleman, WGSD co-founder, who loved mentoring women.  The team sponsors special events including dinners, panel discussions, guest speakers, and interactive programs that focus on mentorship.

Events Team

Co-Chairs Stephanie Korszen & Nikki Kolupailo (not pictured)                                Contact:  events@womengivesd.orgSONY DSC

The purpose of the Events Team is to plan, coordinate and implement the logistics related to all WGSD events and meetings, working closely with the Co-Presidents and the other Team Co-Chairs. The Events Team meets regularly to plan empowering, meaningful, and fun events for WGSD.