Who is Your Favorite San Diego Leading Lady in a Nonprofit?

Vote Here for Your Favorite San Diego Leading Lady in a Nonprofit

Written By: Elizabeth Morris

Carla Vallone, President and Chair of Marketing Committee of Girls Inc.

Carla Vallone serves as President of the Board of Trustees and Acting Executive Director for Girls Inc. of San Diego County, a nonprofit organization that empowers hundreds of girls to overcome financial, social and academic challenges to achieve their goals and succeed in life. The organization provides programming to help at-risk girls in the county overcome barriers so they may see college as attainable, resist peer pressure and explore the professional fields that are typically considered nontraditional for women. In addition to her active volunteer positions with Girls Inc. of San Diego County, Carla is the Founder and President of Portavoce PR, a public relations agency in North County San Diego that provides business-to-business and business-to-consumer communications to clients in a variety of sectors.


Courtney Harker Brown and Pamela Mudd, Co-Presidents of Women Give San Diego

Women Give San Diego is a nonprofit dedicated to helping other nonprofits. The duo behind this powerhouse organization is Courtney Harker Brown and Pamela Mudd. Both women have an impressive background in global outreach and finance. Women Give’s aid extends from addressing women’s social inequality to education to food insecurity, and upholds the mission of raising awareness for women’s economic issues.

Lady in a Nonprofit

Deborah Lindholm, Founder/CEO Foundation for Women

As the founder and CEO of Foundation for Women (FFW), Deborah has dedicated her life to reducing poverty by starting and funding microfinance programs. Her outreach extends beyond San Diego to the world. Wherever there are women in need, FFW provides financial support to help women start their own business, educate themselves and better their lives.


Venus Molina, President of MANA de San Diego: A National Latina Organization

At MANA, they take the phrase “girl power” to a new level. MANA, which is short for the Spanish word hermana, works to expand Latina involvement in education, leadership, politics and economics. As the president of MANA,Venus Molina acts as a voice of empowerment for Latinas throughout San Diego.


Cindy and Donna St. Clair, Operations Mother/Daughter Duo of  My Girlfriend’s Closet

Founded and organized by San Diego mothers and their teenage daughters, My Girlfriend’s Closet works to provide disadvantaged teens young women with clothing. They reach out to social service agencies to aid homeless teens and those in foster care. Their belief is that every girl, no matter her financial situation, deserves the opportunity to shop.

Lady in a Nonprofit

Winifred Cox, Co-President and a Co-Founder of Women’s Empowerment International (WE)

Winifred Cox co-founded Women’s Empowerment International (WE) in San Diego in 2003, with friend Leigh Fenly. Since then, WE has funded over a million dollars’ worth of poverty-alleviation projects in eight countries and enabled San Diego’s poor women to launch almost 300 local businesses. With a proven record of impact and a determined volunteer base, WE’s is part of a remarkable global effort to eliminate, in the next 13 years, the extreme poverty of the 1.5 billion people who live on less than $2 a day. At Women’s Empowerment, we believe that giving hard-working women the tools they need to earn a living is the key to healthier families, stronger communities and a better world. Learn how you can help at: www.womenempowerment.org

Co-president and co-founder Winifred Cox applies her finance and public relations background to organize Women’s Empowerment International (WE). The goal of WE is nothing short of inspirational and ambitious. WE strives to create a world without poverty in which women are treated as social equals. They work tirelessly to supply women with the tools they need to overcome poverty and transform their lives. They maintain a vision of excellence, integrity and justice to impart a positive change in the world.


Silvia Mah, CEO of Hera Labs

With books, classes and workshops, Hera Labs is an organization that helps women rapidly achieve a future as an entrepreneur. Hera Labs follows the goal of transforming a woman’s idea into an attainable reality. At Hera Labs, CEO Silvia Mah supports women-owned businesses and works to augment the number of female entrepreneurs for generations to come.


Alice Jacobson, President of Coastal Community Foundation

As a president and volunteer at Coastal Community Foundation (CCF), Alice Jacobson applies her leadership and charitable values to support nonprofit organizations. Through generous donations from business and families, CCF is able to make grants to nonprofits in communities such  as San Diego. A few areas to which CCF provide funding include the environment, education and health and wellness.


Phylicia Cicalo-Aiken, President of Mission Beach Women’s Club

Phylicia’s passion around giving back to community is evidenced in her many philanthropic activities.  Besides being President of MBWC she has the honor of being chosen to chair the Rady Children’s 2018 Charity Ball.  She is also active with The Thursday Club, another philanthropic organization.  She is an executive Human Resources leader and currently works with the County of San Diego.


Lisa Hunter, President of Women in Defense San Diego

Lisa Hunter has an international outlook and a colorful history of working with charitable organizations. She combines her experience with her desire to promote women’s recognition in national security. Women in Defense also works to foster future generations through scholarships, STEM events and mentorship programs.


Valerie Jacobs, President and Founder of The San Diego Women’s Foundation

The San Diego Women’s Foundation is comprised of a group of women who support other women’s engagement in humanitarian activities. The organization inspires women to participate in philanthropy by assisting the underserved communities of San Diego with health services and education. Their president, Valerie Jacobs, applies her experience as a marriage and family therapist and her expertise on wealth and philanthropic issues to The San Diego Women’s Foundation.

[polldaddy poll=9804514]

Vote Here for Your Favorite San Diego Leading Lady in a Nonprofit

Website | + posts


12 Waterfront Restaurants in Orange County With Unforgettable Views
Make a Splash at the 16 Coolest Pools in Greater Palm Springs
Bare It All: Here Are 8 of the Best Nude Resorts in California
Poolside or Ocean Views? 8 Sunny Spots to Sip Cocktails This Summer



Related Content

Skip to content