Chula Vista, CA – The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, is pleased to announce Michael Meacham as the new Board Chair and Debbie Discar-Espe as the Incoming Board Chair, and to welcome Mora Keller de Murguia and Shirley Harpenau as a new Board members.

I’m delighted that Michael Meacham is the new Chair of the Foundation,” said Christopher Redo, the CVCF’s Immediate Past Chair. “Michael’s passion and enthusiasm for Chula Vista is contagious! He’s an excellent ambassador for our community who possesses a “can do” spirit that will enable the Foundation to achieve even greater success. Michael is an excellent leader with whom I look forward to working in the years ahead.”

Michael Meacham is Chula Vista’s Director of Economic Development and has worked for the City of Chula Vista since 1994. Over the years, Meacham has represented the City as a liaison to various boards and commissions at the regional, state and federal level and including assignment as the municipal representative on the State’s Climate Change Task Force in the Davis Administration. In addition to being a founding member of the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, Meacham has been recognized for his work in the community by receiving the City’s Environmentalist of the Year award in 2004 and the Sierra Club of San Diego’s Distinguished Award in 2011.

“The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation is deeply honored to have two outstanding community leaders join our board,” said Michael Meacham. “Debbie, Mora and Shirley have an enduring commitment to our organization and the Chula Vista community in general. We look forward to their leadership, passion and vision in helping us fulfill the mission of the foundation to enhance the community in which we live.”

Founded in 2008, the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF) has more than 60 members who pool their resources on an annual basis to address needs in Chula Vista. Over the last year, the CVCF was able to more than double its membership. The purpose of CVCF is to meet Chula Vista’s emerging needs by encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy by and for the benefit of all who live, work, learn and play in Chula Vista. To date, the CVCF has granted more than $80,000 to organizations serving Chula Vista citizens and has raised more than $120,000 in a community endowment that will support Chula Vista’s needs in perpetuity.

About the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation

The mission of the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, is to improve the quality of life within Chula Vista by promoting and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy. The CVCF seeks to increase charitable giving by and for the benefit of all who live and work in Chula Vista, build a Chula Vista endowment to provide for the community in perpetuity and give Chula Vista community members a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts to benefit Chula Vista now and forever. CVCF members are active participants in deciding how and where to make an impact in their community. Half of all CVCF membership dues go immediately into grantmaking efforts, while the other half goes into a permanent endowment to sustain future efforts for the good of the Chula Vista community. For information on becoming a member, visit or contact Zaneta Salde Encarnacion, through email at or by phone, (619) 814-1328.

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 $622 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 $829 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at

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