Founders & Leadership

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
LUCY MUDD
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Lucy Mudd grew up in Bournemouth, England, and has always excelled in math, as it was one of the few subjects that remained constant when she moved to California. Having a love for numbers at an early age, she began her accounting career at 15 when she interned for a private accountant in her hometown of Poway. When she graduated high school and headed off to CSU Chico, Lucy decided to try something new. She majored in Recreation Administration, with an emphasis in Hotel Management. Though the major didn’t require many accounting classes, she always filled her electives with math and finance-based courses. During her years at Chico State, she was a school ambassador, a Leadership Officer, and a Community Action Volunteer. 

After moving around a bit in the Hospitality world, Lucy found her way back to accounting as Head of Finance for a compliance company. She then decided to move home to San Diego, and is now an Accounting Supervisor for an online marketing company.

Lucy has always enjoyed volunteering, and has coached both Special Olympics and Challenger Basketball for the past 15 years. Prior to becoming Treasurer in Women Give San Diego, she was Co-Chair of Events. Joining this organization has allowed her to give back to the community that she loves. When she’s not working or volunteering, she can be found at a winery with her husband, Jake, hiking with her dog, Bodhi (a 9 year old Chessie), or dancing to live music! 

Meet Our 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.  Click here to learn more.

Meet Our Members
Women of All Ages!

160 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.