Our Staff

Katie Sawyer, Executive Director

Katie Sawyer believes strongly that a network of determined, committed women can reach nearly any goal. Katie’s background includes extensive experience in nonprofit management, development and strategic planning. Prior to becoming Executive Director of SDWF, Katie was Director of Philanthropy at United Way of San Diego County, where she engaged philanthropists and community leaders in UWSD’s region-wide work. Before moving to San Diego, she served as Executive Director of Girls on the Run of New Orleans and worked in direct service in Cincinnati.

Katie holds a BA in Spanish and Business from The Ohio State University and an MA in Spanish and Portuguese from Tulane University. She is a graduate of LEAD San Diego’s Impact program, a member of San Diego Symphony Notables, and volunteers as a coach with Girls on the Run at Monarch School.



Kirsten Wisneski, Program Specialist

Kirsten bolsters SDWF’s efforts to educate and inspire women to engage in strategic philanthropy by providing operational and administrative support. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 10 years, including with Voices for Children as the Executive Assistant to the President/CEO (San Diego and Riverside Counties), the Nonprofit Association of Oregon as the Training Program Coordinator (Portland), and the Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence as the Volunteer & Community Training Specialist (Corvallis, OR). Kirsten holds a BA in American Studies from Wellesley College as well as an MA in Communication and Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies, both from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.