The San Diego Foundation Development & Stewardship Team is here to help you by delivering world-class philanthropy and service, and expertly responding to your needs.

In this Meet our Giving Team blog series, we’re interviewing each of our team members so you can learn more about the individuals – both professionally and personally – who are helping you give confidently to make the most social impact. In today’s post, meet Amanda Jean-Pierre, Donor Services Specialist.

What is your favorite part about working at TSDF? 

I enjoy the opportunity to connect with other nonprofits in the community and work with an amazing, compassionate team of people to serve our region.

What do you enjoy most about partnering with donors and philanthropists? 

Helping donors reach their philanthropic goals is one of my favorite parts of the job. I have the opportunity to assist them with the various aspects of fund management and grant distribution. 

How did you get started working in the nonprofit sector?

After graduating college, I joined AmeriCorps and worked with two different nonprofit organizations during my two terms. I haven’t left the nonprofit space since.

How did you first learn about TSDF?

A former colleague of mine worked at The Foundation for a while and said that she loved it. As soon as a position opened up I asked her to recommend me – and here we are!

What social impact area matters to you the most?

Housing is so important. I believe that everyone deserves a safe place to rest, make a home and build generational wealth.

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

I love to read, so I pass the time with a good book. I like anything from fantasy to books about historical events. 

What’s your favorite spot in your neighborhood?

Novo Restaurant has amazing cheese empanadas, and I also enjoy their kombucha. 

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

I enjoy hiking or walking my “niece” –  AKA my roommate’s dog.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet and why?

I would meet Maya Angelou. I admire the way she lived her life; despite the many challenges she faced, she was still brave enough to share her art with the world.

What is your favorite destination outside of San Diego?

I love going to Disney World!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? 

It’s all about your mindset.