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: Monthly | Second Wednesday from 3:30PM – 4:30PM

Danica Zupic, Chair
Cindi Hill, 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: Quarterly

Chair TBD

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 | Second Tuesday from 1:00PM – 2:15PM

Kathleen Lennard, Chair
Jenny Kropko, 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 Monday from 4:00PM – 5:00PM

Annie Rodriguez, Chair
TBD, 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

Kelly Wilkinson, Chair
Kelsey Wadman, 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

Helena Xu, Chair

Carolyn Taylor, 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: November – April | First Fridays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Shari Miller, Chair
Nadia Farjood, 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 Thursday from 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Tiffany Ayres, Chair
Shannon Pavell, 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

Carol Tellez, Co-Chair
Kathy Jones, Co-Chair
Megan Adcock, Vice-Chair