Meet our Co-Presidents
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.