SDWF Committees

As a member-driven organization, our grants-focus, outreach efforts and programming begin at the committee level. If you are interested in joining one of our committees to help drive these efforts, please contact Stephanie at

The Collaboration Committee seeks to increase our impact by partnering with other philanthropic funders. Separate from the annual grants process, investment opportunities are identified by a committee of contributing SDWF members, who pay $500 in additional dues towards the collaborative grants pool.

Meetings: First Tuesday from September – June, 3:30PM – 4:30PM

Dale Spector, Chair and Danica Zupic, Vice-Chair

The Development Committee supports the mission of SDWF through fundraising efforts, working closely with staff leadership to develop and implement plans for sustainability and growth. Development efforts include individual and corporate giving, as well as grant funding.

Meetings: Monthly First Monday from 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Michelle Candland, Chair

The Discovery-Inquiry-Guidelines (DIG) team conducts research to select our grants focus area and works with staff to produce the grant guidelines each year.

Meetings: Monthly Third Wednesday from 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Rosette Garcia, Chair and Jennifer Grodberg, Vice-Chair

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is responsible for overseeing SDWF efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and broader community. The Committee will utilize a DEI lens to recommend changes to SDWF operations and procedures.

Meetings: Monthly Third Tuesday from 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Cindi Hill, Chair and Bridget Strickland, Vice-Chair

The Fellowship Program provides two-year membership scholarships to outstanding women from Community Partner organizations through funding from the Doring Fund. The Fellowship Committee is responsible for overseeing the Fellowship Program and application process, as well as providing opportunities for mutual learning exchanges and strengthens the relationship between SDWF and Community Partner organizations.

Meetings: Quarterly

Kim Heinle, Chair and Rochelle Hershfield, Vice-Chair

The Finance Committee oversees the financial health and management activities of the organization and ensures that appropriate financial information is made available to the Board. The Finance Committee also makes recommendations to the Board regarding financial policies and planning.

Meetings: Quarterly, usually Thursdays or Fridays

Bridget Strickland, Chair and Helena Xu, Vice-Chair

The Governance Committee advises the Board with respect to the governance of the San Diego Women’s Foundation. This committee maintains the accuracy and effectiveness of bylaws, assesses the strength and performance of the board, and implements the annual nominating process for new board members.

Meetings: First Fridays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (November- April Only)

Tina Williams, Chair and Hema Lall, Vice-Chair

The Membership Committee is responsible for outreach to local women and enhancing the current member experience. The committee provides and promotes engagement opportunities for members and works to build passion and inspiration through their involvement.

Meetings: Monthly First Wednesday from 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Julie McKay, Chair and Tiffany Ayres, Vice-Chair

The Programs Committee works to educate, inform and inspire our members and guests through customized programs. This committee works with the Membership Committee to enhance the SDWF experience.

Meetings: Monthly First Monday from 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Signe von Verdo, Chair and Leigh Hartman, Vice-Chair