“Wes is a dedicated member of the Ramona community and he will be an excellent leader for our organization,” said John Degenfelder, the immediate past chair of the foundation. “I look forward to working with him to grow the Ramona Community Foundation.”
Wes has significant nonprofit management and performing arts production experience with a career that has taken him across the country. Among other accomplishments, Wes founded Stage South in South Carolina, oversaw the building of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, was Vice President of The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and served as the President and CEO of the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. Locally, Wes has managed the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and directed the performing arts, film, lecture, film production and new media programs at the San Diego Museum of Art. In addition to the Ramona Community Foundation Board, Wes has served on the Boards of the Hult Endowment Fund, American Symphony Orchestra League, El Cajon Performing Arts Center, Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and the California Ballet. Wes and his wife Karla returned to the San Diego area and retired in Ramona in 2010.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead and grow the Ramona Community Foundation,” said Wes. “Our community is a vibrant and diverse place to live and I’m excited to see how we can work together to make it even better.”
Founded in 2009, the Ramona Community Foundation (RCF) is made up of local members who pool their resources on an annual basis to address needs in Ramona. The purpose of RCF is to meet Ramona’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 Ramona. To date, the RCF has granted more than $30,000 to organizations serving Ramona citizens and has raised more than $20,000 in a community endowment that will support Ramona’s needs in perpetuity.
About The San Diego Foundation’s Community Foundations
The Community Foundations, proud affiliates of The San Diego Foundation, help identify and meet the emerging needs of communities throughout San Diego County by encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy by and for the benefit of all who live, work and play in the region. The Community Foundations provide their communities with a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts. The foundations are located in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, San Ysidro and 4SRanch-Del Sur. For additional information, please visit sdfoundation.org/CommunityFoundations.
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 sdfoundation.org.