Past Presidents

Linda L. Katz

Founding President (July 2000 - June 2004)

Community Leader

Founding member and founding SDWF President, Linda led SDWF through our first four grant cycles. Over the course of those cycles we granted out $608k to twenty organizations working on health and human services, civil society, economic and employment development, and the environment.

Julie Dubick

(July 2004 - June 2005)

Director of Policy for San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders

A founding member and bpard member of SDWF, Julie served on the board from 2003 – 2006. As President, Julie oversaw the 2005 grants process where we awarded $239k to seven organizations with arts & culture programs that contribute to the creative expression, vitality and quality of life of the San Diego Region.

Alicia Foster

(July 2005 - June 2007)

Community Leader

Alicia is a founding member of SDWF and served on the board from 2003 – 2007. As president, she oversaw the 2006 grants cycle where $231k was awarded to six organizations providing educational programming as well as the 2007 cycle where we granted $239k to seven organizations working to improve access to nutritious foods for people of all ages in low-income households experiencing hunger, food insecurity, or food insufficiency.

Carol Littlejohn Chang

(July 2007 - June 2009)

Community Leader

A founding member of SDWF, Carol served on the board from 2004 – 2009. As president, she oversaw the 2009 and 2008 grants processes where $223k was granted to five organizations working to build resiliency in vulnerable youth by supporting efforts to help middle-school-age youth develop positive skills and behaviors and $201k was granted out to four organizations with projects to retain and expand work opportunities that providing sustainable wages and upward mobility to underserved San Diegans.

Cynthia Olmstead

(July 2009 - June 2011)

President, Olmstead Consulting

A founding member of SDWF, Cindy served on the board from 2004 – 2012. As president she oversaw two grants cycles that granted over $181k to five organizations providing accessible artistic and cultural experiences to engage and educate underserved K-12 youth, and over $152k to four organizations working to connect people to local nature and promote informed awareness of the natural environment of the San Diego region.

Teresa Jacques

Interim President (July 2011 - June 2012)

Human Resources Professional

Teresa has been a member of SDWF since 2005. She served on the board from 2008 – 2014 and oversaw the 2012 grants process where over $197k was granted out to five organizations with educational programs that develop basic skills and knowledge for improved performance in school and life.

Rita Solberg

(July 2012 - June 2013)

Community Leader

Rita has been a member of SDWF since 2004 and served on the board from 2007 – 2014. As SDWF President, she oversaw the 2013 grants cycle where $166k was awarded to four organizations with programs that promote self-sufficiency in individuals and families living above the Federal Poverty Level, but not meeting the Self-Sufficiency Standard for San Diego County.

A.J. Frank

(July 2013 - June 2014)

Financial Planner

A.J. has been a member of SDWF since 2004 and served on the board from 2008 – 2015. Under her leadership SDWF granted out $166k to four organizations working to improve water conservation and address water quality challenges in San Diego County.

Leigh Hartman

(July 2014 - June 2015)

Community Leader

Leigh has been a member of SDWF since 2006 and served on the Board of Directors from 2008 until 2015. As President, she oversaw our 2015 grants cycle focused on community leadership development, where we granted $172k to four organizations.

Suzanne LaTour

(July 2015 - June 2016)

Certified Financial Planner

Suzanne has been a member since 2003 and served on the board from 2008 – 2017. Under her leadership, SDWF granted over $186k to four organizations working to combat joblessness through employment readiness programs.

Valerie Jacobs

(July 2016 - June 2018)

Philanthropy and Wealth Consultant

Valerie is a founding member of SDWF and served on the Board of Directors from 2002 – 2006 and has been serving a second term on the board since 2009. As president she launched the SDWF President’s Circle initiative, and led SDWF through two grants cycles where we provided over $390k in funds to five organizations providing services to unaccompanied homeless youth and six organizations providing enrichment programs with behavioral health outcomes.

Sara Bennett

(July 2017 - June 2019)

Insurance Professional

Sara has been an active member since 2009 and she helped spearhead the launch of SDWF’s Young Philanthropist initiative. Under her leadership, SDWF granted over $243k to five organizations working to combat human trafficking in San Diego County.