Who We Are

Women Give San Diego is a giving circle of San Diego Grantmakers, with 130 members across all age groups!

  • Women Give San Diego (WGSD) envisions sustainable economic self-sufficiency and security for women and girls in San Diego County.
  • WGSD funds non-profit organizations in San Diego County that offer underserved women and girls the opportunity to enhance their participation in our regional economy and become fully engaged in the prosperity of their local communities.
  • WGSD advocates for public awareness of women’s economic issues at the local level and for systems change at the state level.
  • WGSD’s model for change balances education, community collaboration, and strategic and effective grant-making.
Core Values
  • Gender Justice: equal rights and opportunities for women and girls
  • Integrity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency
  • Partnership
  • Impact focused
  • Female-centered: Honor the unique way in which women approach issues
  • Collaboration and leverage
  • Accountability

We intentionally create policies and actions that are free of partisan politics.

We are intentionally respectful of differing religious beliefs and cultures.

We create environments where members and guests are respectful of one another. We encourage and expect respectful discourse and exchange of ideas. Our events do not permit outside fundraising.

We understand that we are modeling for each other and for the next generation of women leaders and philanthropists.

Meet our Founders

Gayle Tauber and Linda Katz

Women Give San Diego was established in September, 2009 by Gayle Tauber, Linda Katz, and the late Jan Tuttleman, with the vision that a community fully thrives only when its women and girls are able to contribute to and influence its well-being and prosperity. Women Give San Diego is a donor circle of San Diego Grantmakers. Women Give San Diego’s model for change balances education, advocacy, community collaboration, and strategic, effective grant-making.

Meet our Co-Presidents

Courtney Harker Brown and Pamela Mudd

Courtney was born and raised in Houston, TX. She received her Bachelor’s in Global Studies from UCLA and her Master’s in Sociology of Crime, Control, and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has always been passionate about causes fighting gender-based violence, human trafficking, and other human rights abuses. After graduate school, she returned to Houston and worked for Tahirih Justice Center, and organization supporting women and girls fleeing violence. She moved to San Diego in 2012, joining Women Give shortly thereafter, and worked for the American Heart Association as a Community Health Director. In 2015, she transitioned into a Director of Development role at Casa Cornelia Law Center, a former Women Give grantee organization that provides humanitarian protection for immigrant victims of human and civil rights violations, including survivors of domestic violence. Courtney lives in Solana Beach with her husband, Zac, and a fiercely independent cat named Cricket. She enjoys making cocktails, cooking, dancing, and hiking in her free time.

Pamela Mudd received her Business degree from UC Berkeley, after which she worked in finance and operations. In 1997, she and her husband started Musicmatch, a digital music software company, which they sold to Yahoo! in 2004. She is the director of the Mudd Charitable Foundation, which addresses social inequities in the areas of food insecurity and women’s issues. She has worked on various boards of local non-profit organizations, most recently as the treasurer before becoming co-president of WGSD. She and her husband created and run the Smart Food Foundation, whose mission is to help end the interconnected epidemic of hunger, obesity and diabetes in low income communities by providing healthy food distributions with a focus on nutrition education. She lives in Poway with her husband, Dennis, and has three grown sons. Her free time is spent on the trails – either running or mountain biking – with Dennis and their 2 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

Meet our Treasurer

Carolyn Fritz

Carolyn Fritz earned her mechanical engineering degree from Iowa State University and her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Over the next twenty years, she built four biotechnology businesses, the most recent of which was Allylix, a venture backed company which she built from a start-up, commercializing a pipeline of products for the flavor & fragrance and insect control markets to a successful sale of company to a European biotechnology company in 2014.

Ms. Fritz has been a member of Women Give San Diego since 2016 and the Treasurer since 2017. She is a currently a member of Athena San Diego’s Board of Directors and was previously a board member of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a board director of Allylix
Inc, and a board member of Innovase, a Dow Chemical – Diversa industrial enzyme joint venture.

Meet Our Co-Chairs, Strategic Partnerships
Sheona Som and Merle Brodie

Sheona is a nonprofit professional with experience in organizational and strategic leadership in fund development, marketing and communications, advocacy and grant making. Her career has centered around issues such as senior wellness, nutrition, affordable housing and education. Currently, Sheona is Senior Director of Development for University Initiatives at San Diego State University.

Merle has been in a leader in the San Diego philanthropic community for nearly 35 years. She is recognized for bringing dynamic insights, in depth knowledge and effective leadership and experience that embraces a team empowering approach to every project she undertakes. She has extensive background in all aspects of development with significant achievements in planning and directing major gift, planned giving and capital campaigns .

Throughout her career, Merle has demonstrated a strong commitment to community service as well as to guiding, educating and mentoring young professionals. Merle is past president and a current executive committee member of Women Give San Diego; and serves on the Advisory Board and faculty of UCSD’s Fundraising Certificate Program.

Meet Our Members
Women of All Ages!

130 Members and Growing

We live and work throughout San Diego, but we come together as a dynamic accelerator for change. We combine our resources, talents and interests so that we can have a far-reaching impact in our community. In the process, we build relationships with each other – all like-minded women with common values and goals for a better community where women and girls thrive as participating community members.