SAN DIEGO (July 8, 2024) – San Diego Foundation (SDF) announced today that it has added four new members to its Board of Governors: Rafael Castellanos, Elizabeth Crisafi, Amina Sheik Mohamed and Allen Young.

“Rafael, Elizabeth, Amina and Allen bring diverse professional experiences, community leadership and important expertise 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, SDF.

About Rafael Castellanos

A resident of Otay Mesa, Rafael Castellanos is Partner at Solomon Minton Cardinal Doyle & Smith LLP. He is a former member and chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners of the Unified Port of San Diego, as well as a former member of the Board of Directors of MANA de San Diego and the Board of Directors of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. Castellanos is also a member of the California State Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association and the Mexican American Business and Professional Association.

About Elizabeth Crisafi

Elizabeth “Liza” Crisafi, of Point Loma, is the former Chief Investment Officer of the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System. She was responsible for investment oversight, setting investment policy, asset allocation and implementation and grew the fund from $5 billion to over $10 billion during her tenure. Crisafi serves on the Philanthropy Committee and the Juliette Gordon Low Society Committee for Girl Scouts San Diego, the Board of Governors Investment Committee for SDF, and the Advisory Board for the Brandes Center at the University of California at San Diego. She is also a member and treasurer of the Board of the San Diego City Retired Employees Association. Crisafi received the Thanks Badge, the highest award given in girl scouting, from Girl Scouts San Diego in 2021.

About Amina Sheik Mohamed

Amina Sheik Mohamed, resident of Lemon Grove, is Founding Director of the UC San Diego Refugee Health Unit. She is a dedicated public health leader who has gained national, state and local recognition for advancing health equity in San Diego County. Sheik Mohamed is a mission-driven professional who works collaboratively with communities of color to elevate health, uplift community agency and ensure equitable access to all that San Diego has to offer. Mohamed is the recipient of many awards, including the 2024 The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards, 2024 Prebys Foundation’s inaugural Leaders in Belonging, 2022 San Diego Women of Distinction and the UC San Diego Changemaker Award (2019).

About Allen Young

Allen Young, of Downtown San Diego, is Manager of Government Affairs for Cox Communications. He represents Cox locally in San Diego County and is responsible for advocacy and fostering positive relationships and partnerships with local governments and stakeholders. Before joining Cox, Young worked for several elected officials and has extensive experience in local and state government. He serves as a board member for several other San Diego nonprofits, including the Asian Business Association of San Diego and San Diego Pride. Young was named one of the San Diego Business Journals’ Top 50 LGBTQ+ Leaders of Influence in 2022 and one of the Top 50 Asian Pacific Islander Leaders in 2023. Young is proud of his intersectional queer and Asian American Pacific Islander identities and believes strongly in creating a world where queer youth are free to be who they are.

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. The new member terms began July 1, 2024.

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 49 years, SDF and its donors have granted $1.8 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at


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