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

Stephanie Korszen and Sara Vaz

Stephanie Korszen grew up in Southwest Florida, and moved to Durham, NC for college. She majored in Biomedical Engineering and Art History at Duke University, then drove cross country to San Diego in 2010 to start her career in neuroscience. She worked at a neurotechnology startup in Carlsbad for six years, starting in a research position and moving on to engineering, product management, and commercial roles. She received her Master’s from UCSD in Medical Device Engineering, and currently works for Philips – one of the world’s largest electronics companies. Stephanie manages research accounts in the Western US and Canada for the Philips Neuro business unit.

Stephanie was taught about the importance of charitable giving at a young age, and learned about donor circles through her parents who have served as past presidents of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) in Southwest Florida. Along with her three siblings and parents, the Korszens have a family fund through GCCF which focuses primarily on women’s reproductive health, early childhood education, and broadening access to higher education. Stephanie lives in Pacific Beach with her fiancé Jeff – and is planning an October wedding in La Jolla! When she’s not on the road for work or fun, she loves coastal runs, takeout, and cocktails.

Sara Vaz is Community Relations Manager for the Nordson Corporation. Nordson engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials and other materials; for fluid management; for test and inspection; and for UV curing and plasma surface treatment. Operating in over 30 countries, Nordson is the leader in precision dispensing, fluid management, and related technologies. In her role as Community Relations Manager, Sara manages all the Corporate Social Responsibility Activities for Nordson in the Western Region.

Previously, Sara was the Program Manager for the Gary and Mary West Foundation focusing her efforts on their Youth Employment and Service Animal portfolios. Sara has an MA in International Relations from Alliant International University and has spent many years serving the refugee community in San Diego. She has served as Vice-Chair of the San Diego Refugee Forum and Board Chair of Somali Family Services.

Sara serves on the Board of Directors of the Any Body Can Youth Foundation an organization in Southeast San Diego, an after-school program which is a boxing gym built within the confines of a learning center/library. Sara serves as Vice President of the North County Philanthropy Council; whose mission is to strengthen Philanthropy in North San Diego County. Sara also serves on the Board of Directors of San Diego Grantmakers, whose mission is to connect, educate, develop, and inspire organized philanthropy to be more effective individually and collectively. Sara is a long-time member of Women Give San Diego, a donor circle that funds non-profit organizations in San Diego County that offer underserved women and girls the opportunity to enhance their participation in the regional economy and become fully engaged in the prosperity of their local communities.

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.