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. To become a co-chair, the member should have spent at least a year participating on the committee.

Advocacy and Education Team
Co-Chair Ashley Rodriguez

Contact: advocacy@womengivesd.org

The purpose of the Advocacy Education team is to capture essential information about how legislation affects women in achieving self-sufficiency. The team educates WGSD members by sharing this information through general meetings or breakout sessions. They work with 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 Team

Contact: Contact: communications@womengivesd.org

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, upload pictures to Instagram, 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 Judy Horton & Amelia Hartley

Contact: communityengagement@womengivesd.org

Photo of Amelia Hartley

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.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team
Co-Chairs Samantha Jenkins & Julia Dorfman
Fellowship Program Recruitment Lead: Alyce Pipken-Allen

Contact: dei@womengivesd.org

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team focuses on upholding Women Give San Diego’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. The Team engages in targeted new member recruitment, facilitates workshops and events for members, and partners across the organization to help ensure all WGSD programs and initiatives reflect our commitment to building a stronger, more vibrant society that uplifts and works for women from all walks of life.

Portrait of Alyce Pipken-AllenPortrait of Samantha Jenkins

Grants Team
Co-Chairs  Krista Van Tassel & Shaina Gross

Contact: grants@womengivesd.org

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  Morgan Justice-Black and Annie Sawyer (not pictured)

Contact: membership@womengivesd.org

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 Jenn Gunsaullus & Nicole Marquel

Contact: mentorship@womengivesd.org

The Mentorship Team focuses on cultivating informal mentoring opportunities by planning small group gatherings based around a topic where a Women Give San Diego member shares her area of expertise with other members.  These events are an amazing benefit for all members of WGSD and typically have 15-20 attendees connecting over a common interest.  The intimate settings are wonderful avenues for inter-generational shared learning experiences that often lead to deeper friendships.  The team honors Jan Tuttleman, WGSD co-founder, who loved mentoring women and is the inspiration of this team.