July 13, 2023 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Foundation announced today that Gloria Corral, President & CEO of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), and Leena Gupta, co-founder of the fundraising app Coin Up, have joined the San Diego Foundation Board of Governors.

“Gloria and Leena bring a wealth of professional experience and community advocacy to our board so San Diego Foundation can continue to inspire enduring philanthropy and enable community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region,” said Mark Stuart, President & CEO, San Diego Foundation.

In addition to Corral and Gupta joining the SDF Board of Governors, Pamela Luster, President Emerita of San Diego Mesa College, was appointed as Chair of the SDF Board of Governors. Her two-year term began July 1.

The Board of Governors also recently approved $60,000 in grants to four local nonprofit organizations, including:

  • CLUB FBS Mentorship Program, a book club and character-building program for Black males in grades 7 – 12 that is dedicated to improving the grade-level reading rates of middle and high school Black males and elevating social–emotional well-being through character-building and positive masculinity models. Funding will be used to launch programs at four schools in fall 2023, including Mission Bay High, Morse High, Lincoln High, and Mann Middle schools.
  • San Diego City College for exploration and development of mental health and social services careers through outreach to middle and high school students, partnerships with four-year and two-year colleges and universities with existing programs, and recommendations on credentialing and transfer degree programs.
  • Binational Resilience Initiative to fund additional binational coastal resilience projects in the Cali-Baja region spanning from Oceanside to Ensenada. Grants from this program will be announced in late July. The Binational Resilience Initiative is a partnership between SDF and the International Community Foundation.
  • Community Scholars Initiative to fund additional scholarships through the SDF program that helps San Diegans prepare for, pay for and persist through college by providing financial support and critical wraparound services that bolster academic achievement. Since 2017, the SDF Community Scholars Initiative and its six community-based partners have supported more than 360 low-income, first-generation college students throughout San Diego County.

The grants are made at the discretion of the SDF Board of Governors and demonstrate members’ dedication to community-based organizations that exemplify the SDF vision for just, equitable and resilient communities.

The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors is composed of volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds, who participate in many community and charitable activities throughout San Diego.

About Gloria Corral

As President and CEO of PIQE, Corral has a passion for K-12 and higher education that spans more than 25 years. Her expertise in education policy is based on developing policy and implementing programs that have been informed by years of working with state departments of education, local and state nonprofits, advocacy organizations and large school districts. Corral previously served as the Assistant Executive Director at First 5 San Diego, where she led San Diego County’s Quality Early Learning efforts along with other key initiatives for children 0 – 5 and their families. Corral holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California San Diego and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

About Leena Gupta

Gupta’s extensive entrepreneurial and consulting background has led to a unique blend of strategic, innovative and financial expertise. She has leveraged her experience to co-found and lead several successful enterprises. In her recent role as Managing Director of CFO Services at Ascent/US Bank’s multi-family office (MFO), she oversaw net worth reporting and provided strategic financial consulting.  On the entrepreneur front, Gupta co-founded “Coin Up,” a mobile donation app to connect donors and nonprofits through everyday transactions. Coin Up has won numerous awards and is a multi-grant recipient of The Gates Foundation for innovation in democratized giving. Gupta also serves as a board member/advisor to various nonprofits, small businesses and women-owned businesses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public accounting from Loyola University of Chicago and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

About San Diego Foundation

San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region. Our strategic priorities include advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, building resilient communities, and delivering world-class philanthropy to realize our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities. For more than 48 years, SDF and its donors have granted more than $1.4 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at SDFoundation.org.


Lorena Nava Ruggero, lruggero@sdfoundation.org, 619-814-1365