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
Sarah Dawe and Jen Nation

Sarah Dawe and Jen Nation

Sarah Dawe is a seasoned policy professional and a licensed attorney with a background in community advocacy. Currently, Sarah works as a Senior Policy Advisor for Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, the Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Her policy areas of focus include homelessness, housing, and public safety.  In this role, she drafts policies, engages with the public on issues, and advises the Supervisor. Previously, Sarah represented U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in her San Diego office and was a Policy Consultant for the San Diego Housing Federation. 

Sarah joined Women Give San Diego in 2011 and has served in leadership roles for the Grants and Advocacy teams. In addition to her work with Women Give San Diego she serves on the City of San Diego’s Balboa Park Committee, the group that advises the Mayor and City Council on issues related to Balboa Park. She previously served as a board member of the San Diego Museum of Us (formerly the San Diego Museum of Man).

In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time in Balboa Park, exploring the hiking trails of San Diego county, enjoying the beach, and spending time with her family. She lives in South Park with her husband Ryan and their cat Steve (Cat Stevens).

Jen Nation is the executive director of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City, CA. Located on eight-acres, the nonprofit provides an outdoor classroom with opportunities for organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education, all designed to inspire youth and adults to be healthy and active. Prior to joining Olivewood, Jen worked for over 20 years at three different Girl Scout councils.

Jen is a visionary leader with over 25 years of experience developing strategic relationships; connecting people to causes they care about; and advocating for health equity, environmental justice, and rights for women and girls. She earned a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and management from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from the University of Northern Iowa. 

Jen joined Women Give in 2014 and previously served on the mentorship committee. Jen previously served as board president for the Community Campership Council. 

In her free time, Jen enjoys any and all outdoor activities, gardening, and visiting farmer’s markets. Originally from Iowa, Jen enjoys traveling home to visit family and to complete RAGBRAI,  the annual bike ride across Iowa. She currently lives in Normal Heights with her partner Ady and dog Botero.

Meet our Treasurer
Photo of Lucy Mudd

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.