September 6, 2017 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation announced Dr. Constance Carroll, Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, will serve as Chair, Board of Governors of The San Diego Foundation.

“Constance has served on the Board for 7 years, and brings significant community knowledge to The San Diego Foundation,” shared Kathlyn Mead, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The Foundation is led by a Board of local leaders like Constance who are passionate about the region we serve. They believe in making a positive impact in all our communities. We are very fortunate to have someone with such extensive leadership experience to help guide our organization as we continue to advance a vibrant quality of life through effective philanthropy.

“Serving as Chair and supporting The San Diego Foundation as we work to maximize the impact of charitable giving in the region is a tremendous honor,” noted Constance. “I look forward to working with other members of the Board to strengthen all of our communities through philanthropic leadership, strategic grantmaking and thoughtful stewardship of donor gifts.”

The Foundation also added Cindy Bertrand, P. Kay Coleman, Leigh Kole Johnson and Ginny Merrifield to the Board of Governors this year.

The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors is composed of 20 volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds who are involved in many community and charitable activities. The Board oversees The Foundation by establishing policy and strategy, setting priorities, and approving grants.

Constance Carroll, Ph.D.
Board of Governors Chair Dr. Constance Carroll has served as Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District since 2004. Prior to the role, Constance served in presidential roles at Mesa College of the San Diego Community College District, Saddleback College of the South Orange County Community College District, and Indian Valley College.

Constance was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities. She also serves on the boards of the University of San Diego and League for Innovation and the Community College Humanities Association, and is co-chair of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s Workforce and Economic Advisory Committee. Among many honors, Constance was inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame as recipient of the Trailblazer Award; received the “Remarkable Leader in Education” award from the University of San Diego; was given the “Moving San Diego Forward” award by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; and received the National Association of Community College Trustees’ CEO Award.

Cindy Bertrand
Cindy serves as Controller for YMCA of San Diego, one of the largest charitable organizations in the region. Her experience extends to auditing in accordance with OMBA-133 for nonprofit organizations, as well as commercial companies that received Federal funding that required program specific audits under government auditing standards. Previously, Cindy was an audit partner with the 5th largest global accounting firm, BDO USA. Cindy was also a managing director with the audit group at CBIZ/MHM where she focused primarily on her nonprofit clients. Cindy has served on several nonprofit boards, audit committees and finance committees in San Diego. She currently sits on the board and finance committee at San Diego 2-1-1, and has previously served on the boards of Orchestra Nova, Nonprofit Management Solutions and Komen for the Cure.

Kay Coleman
Kay Coleman is a partner at consulting firm FCB Partners, where she helps executives and teams understand what it takes to align their strategies, processes, systems and culture to achieve sustainable improvements in business results. Having worked with Jim Champy and Michael Hammer in the early days of reengineering, Kay pioneered the use of innovative tools and approaches for implementing big change fast Kay is Chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society’s California Division, and she is Honorary Chair Emeritus of ACS’ San Diego Corporate Partnership Council. Kay also serves on the Board of Directors for the Westin Desert Willow Resort in Palm Desert, CA, and she is a member of The President’s Circle at the University of Tennessee where she endowed a scholarship.

Leigh Kole Johnson
Former Microsoft executive and human development specialist, Leigh brings a broad set of coaching and training expertise to The Foundation Board. Leigh’s work applies powerful, scientifically tested principles from the cutting edge fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics and positive psychology. Before becoming a coach, Leigh worked for more than a decade as an executive for Microsoft and other technology companies, developing market and business strategies and managing multimillion dollar businesses including Excel and Flight Simulator.

Ginny Merrifield
Ginny Merrifield has served as an executive at many of San Diego’s leading organizations. She most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at CONNECT, the largest nonprofit business accelerator in San Diego focused on the growth of life science and technology companies. Prior to her role at CONNECT, Ginny was the Executive Director of the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the second largest private foundation in San Diego County. In 2002, Ginny co-founded the Pacific Ridge School, an independent middle and high school in North County San Diego, focused on academic excellence, ethical responsibility, and global engagement. California State Senator, Mark Wyland, selected Ginny as California Woman of the Year, representing the 38th Senate District in recognition of her achievements and commitment to quality education in San Diego.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.


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