Our recent membership survey revealed that 54% of the membership would like an education component to be a part of the experience of Women Give.
The objective of the committee is to share the findings our of research study, and other relevant publications, to ensure members:
· Understand the issues and barriers facing women in our region
· Make informed decisions about how resources should be allocated based on this information
· Be prepared to share concise and accurate information with anyone that is interested in Women’s issues in San Diego
· Continually be reminded and reaffirmed of the need in the region based on the reiteration of the information we all found so compelling when we joined the group
To do this, the Education Committee will present information to members in a way that can be easily understood, remembered and repeated. We have broken the work down by focusing information on specific populations and will present relevant information about each population when we have the opportunity to share with the group.
Erin E. Spiewak, Chair,is the Executive Director of the Gary and Mary West Foundation, where she manages all day-to day operations of the Foundation. Ms. Spiewak is chair of the San Diego Workforce Funders Collaborative and a founding board member and Treasurer of Downtown Charter High, a new public high school. Prior to joining the Gary and Mary West Foundation in 2008, Ms. Spiewak was with the WebMD Health Foundation and the Rose Foundation. She was compelled to join Women Give after learning the information comprised in the research report commissioned the group. The Education Committee is an avenue to share this compelling information with current and prospective members.
Lenise Andrade is a Southern Californian native who has always been concerned about issues affecting women and girls. She has over 9 years experience fundraising for nonprofit organizations, specializing in conservation organizations and recently joined the team at WiLDCOAST, as their Director of Development. She worked for Heal the Bay in Los Angeles and moved to San Diego in 2007 to join the fundraising team at the San Diego Zoo, where she was part of their Major Gifts team for over 3 years. Lenise has a degree in English from the University of Southern California and spent several years as a teacher before entering the nonprofit sector. She is a former board member of and very active in the local chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and is also part of the Education committee at Women Give San Diego. She is excited that she can use her educational and professional experience to benefit women and girls throughout San Diego County.
Sasha Clines is the Director of the Annual Giving at Francis Parker School. She received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications from San Diego State University. Sasha spends her time outside of the office performing with her mother as a vocal/piano duo and as a mentor for young women at the Jenna Druck Center, a member of Women Give San Diego as well as a facilitator, public speaker and fundraiser for Jeans 4 Justice. She joined WGSD because she wanted to continue to give time, effort and financial support to many organizations including Women Give. It was clear to her from the first WGSD meeting, that not only were the members a group of sophisticated, caring and dedicated women that she would immediately bond with, but that these were women gathering around a common interest to join forces and be a more powerful stance for positive change in others lives. She joined the education committee because she believes that change can only occur when people are well-educated on matters and then motivated from that information to make a difference.
Amy Gunderson is the program assistant at the Gary and Mary West Foundation. Prior to the Gary and Mary West Foundation Amy spent two years at Casa Familiar, a community development organization located on the U.S. Mexico border. Amy has recently begun her MBA at the UCSD Rady School of Management, and is involved with the New Leader’s Council. She joined Women Give to further develop her understanding of Philanthropy and specifically the Education Committee as she feels passionate about SDWG members understanding the specific vulnerable populations in San Diego.
Shana Hazan supervises Jewish Family Service’s teen leadership programs, including Girls Give Back, the nationally-recognized Hand Up Teen Leadership Program, and a network of Hand Up Clubs at 10 area high schools. She holds a master’s degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to her involvement in Women Give, Shana serves on the Executive Committee of Run Women Run, and the board of Stanley E. Foster Construction Tech Academy. In 2009 she founded Emerging Leaders at JFS and currently serves on their Community Service Committee. Shana was named to San Diego News Network’s 35 Under 35 Community Leaders List in 2010.
Linda L. Katz has served as a community leader and volunteer in the San Diego region for over 30 years. She is the Founding President of The San Diego Women’s Foundation. She is a past Board Chair of LEAD San Diego, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, Senior Community Centers and Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. Other Boards Linda has served on include: Junior League of San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, The San Diego Foundation, Francis Parker School, and the San Diego Symphony. Linda is Co-Founder of Women Give San Diego, a Donor Circle of the Women’s Foundation of California. Linda and her husband Mel have been married for 33 years and live in Del Mar. They have three grown children, Lindsey, Ashley and Jeffrey and three grand children, Nicole, Noah and Donovan.
Debi Spindelman comes to Women Give from the nonprofit sector, where her work has focused on education and youth empowerment programming. Recent projects have involved teenage girls at Kenya’s Daraja Academy, media literacy education with Outside The Lens, and youth with autism at Community Coaching Center. Through her membership in Women Give, she has served on the Outcomes Committee for WGSD granting partner, Just In Time for Foster Youth. Debi has temporarily left San Diego to pursue her Masters in Development Practice at Columbia University’s School of International and Policy Affairs, studying sustainable development methods, monitoring, and evaluation in educational settings in sub-Saharan Africa. She plans to return to San Diego after graduation to apply her education to high-impact philanthropy serving vulnerable women and children both locally and abroad.
Kelly Weaver works with Cavignac & Associates, a risk management focused insurance brokerage. Kelly joined WGSD after coming to a membership recruitment event and being moved by the energy and passion among the group. She joined the Education and Membership committee because she believes the more aware people are of the issue, the more they will want to help. When Kelly isn’t working she enjoys a number of outdoor activities including triathlons, surfing, and waterskiing. Kelly also sits on the board for the YMCA Overnight Camps and is involved with Next Level Missions, a nonprofit her family co-founded dedicated to improving the lives of the Hill Tribes in Northern Thailand.