Who We Are

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

Vision
  • 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
ALICIA QUINN

With more than 17 years of private and nonprofit experience, Alicia Quinn is passionate about leveraging resources from both sectors to fuel social innovation. In her role at United Way of San Diego, Alicia is responsible for cultivating new business initiatives, including corporate social responsibility opportunities for local businesses, and leads marketing initiatives to elevate the impact and reach of the organization. She also teaches a graduate course in Social Enterprise at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Previously, Alicia was Director of Programs for Mission Edge, where she designed and implemented a CSR program for Qualcomm to engage employees in skills-based volunteering in the nonprofit sector. She also implemented a social enterprise accelerator for nonprofit organizations to develop, test, and launch revenue-generating lines of business. Alicia was Director of Programs and Development for the Accion U.S. Network, a microfinance lender that provides access to capital for underserved entrepreneurs, and Director of Programs for San Diego Social Venture Partners, which helps philanthropists realize greater social impact through their collaborative investments of time and treasure in local nonprofits.

Alicia holds a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a MS in Social Work / Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University. She serves on the boards of Barrio Logan College Institute and the Southern California Immigration Project, and the Executive Advisory Board for the Center of Peace and Commerce at USD. She was a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s “2018 SD Next Top Business Leaders Under 40” award and San Diego Magazine’s 2018 Celebrating Women award.

Meet Our Co-Chairs, Strategic Partnerships
Sheona Som and Sarah Dawe

Sheona Som 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.

Sarah Dawe is a licensed California attorney with a depth of knowledge and experience in the legal and political sectors. Currently, Sarah serves as a Policy Advisor to County Supervisor, Nathan Fletcher working on housing and homelessness issues in the region. Previously, Sarah was a staff member for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in her San Diego office, where she worked with constituents and focused on issues related to women’s health and healthcare.

In addition to her work with Women Give San Diego, Sarah serves on the Board of Trustees of the San Diego Museum of Man and was recently appointed by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer to sit on the city’s Balboa Park Committee, an advisory committee to the city council.

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.