August 30, 2016 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced the hire of two new leadership positions: Susan Bantz, Chief Operating Officer, and Cami Mattson, Director of Charitable Giving.

Bantz will manage day-to-day operations, including community impact programs and key functions such as team development, human resources, and contracts administration. Bantz is uniquely qualified to drive organizational alignment, accountability and operational excellence. She previously served as Vice President of Hospital Operations for Ethos Veterinary Health where she oversaw the operational needs of three specialty hospitals with $45 million in annual revenue. As former Chief Executive Officer for the Children’s Physicians Medical Group, Bantz brings a breadth of executive leadership and management experience to The Foundation. She also worked as Vice President of Operations at Sharp Health Plan, served as Chair for the Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) and is a Sage Executive Leadership facilitator where she provides business leaders with guidance and collaboration to tackle key challenges. Bantz earned a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from San Jose State University.

Mattson will lead a team responsible for building enduring assets to increase effective philanthropy across the region by helping donors make an impact in the San Diego community. She will help personalize charitable giving by establishing donor advised funds and legacy gifts, opening non-profit endowment funds, or contributing to existing funds at The San Diego Foundation. Mattson most recently served as Director of Community Relations for Cox Communications where she was responsible for strategy, including employee volunteerism, the Cox Cares Foundation and its corporate giving in Southern California. During her career, Mattson has built strong relationships with local corporations and individuals to increase collaboration and partnerships. She also worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego North Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mattson earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communications from Brigham Young University, and has received numerous community awards, including the Jack Raymond Community Leadership Award.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of charitable giving to enact positive social change in our region. We mobilize resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement though effective, responsible and innovative philanthropy. We are your community foundation committed to arts & culture, civil society, education, environment, health and human services, and youth development to build equity and opportunity for all San Diegans. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $995 million to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Visit our website and join us by opening a fund or contributing to an existing one, like the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego now and forever.


Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,