March 26, 2014 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Business Journal named Leslie Levinson, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of The San Diego Foundation, 2014 Chief Financial Officer of the Year in the category of small non-profits.

Levinson, who joined The Foundation in 2013, oversees many operational areas of the organization, including financial, human resources, facilities, and administrative and information technology. She also serves as the organizational ambassador and liaison to external constituencies on finance-related issues. Leslie works with the Board of Governors Finance and Audit Committees, senior staff, auditors, and professional volunteers to establish, administer and monitor internal controls, operating budgets, cash controls, information technology systems and annual audits.

“We are honored to have Leslie as a member of The San Diego Foundation team,” Bob Kelly, President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation praised. “She has become an essential member of our executive leadership team providing strategic direction, setting corporate culture through transparent and inspirational leadership, and managing valued relationships with our board members, donors and volunteers. She is extremely deserving of this recognition.”

Prior to joining The Foundation, Leslie served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Pierce Education Properties, L.P. overseeing all aspects of the company. Leslie was also CFO of the San Diego State University (SDSU) Research Foundation, the California State University system’s largest auxiliary organization.

Leslie is a member and past president of the California Ballet Association Board of Directors and serves on its Executive Committee; a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chair for Walden Family Services; and sits on the Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board for UCSD.

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $636 million in assets, almost half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $860 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at

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