Our Dedicated Valley Giving Team

“One of the beauties of a community foundation is that people can give and direct where they want their funds to go. Donors also benefit from services the foundation offers them.”

S. Brigette Loden, CFRE
Executive Director
 

 

“You have the power to facilitate positive change in some of our Valleys’ toughest challenges through your charitable giving. The Community Foundation can support your goals to make this kind of difference.”

Marianne Haver Hill
Chair, Board of Directors

About Us

Community Foundation of the Valleys was incorporated in 2003 as “The San Fernando Valley Community Foundation.” Formed by a group of prominent community leaders, it was envisioned as an organization that would solicit funding to be invested and then given back through grants to San Fernando Valley nonprofits. Unfortunately, when the great recession hit, the foundation went dormant. Under new executive leadership in 2017, Community Foundation of the Valleys’ mission is to inspire, encourage, and facilitate charitable giving for lasting impact on those who live in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley communities.

A 2016 report showed that charitable giving has not recovered after the recession. In fact, charitable giving declined by more than $1 billion dollars in Los Angeles County. Previous research shows that out of eight program areas in Los Angeles County, the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys have the highest net worth, greatest upcoming transfer of wealth, largest population (2.2+ million) and most poverty—yet, these Valleys give the least. More importantly, these Valleys don’t give local. If our communities gave just 0.5% more than we currently give, our community nonprofits would see at least an extra $300 million in revenue each year. Imagine what we might do together to facilitate beneficial social change in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys!

Community Foundation of the Valleys is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that provides philanthropic leadership, grantmaking, and Best-in-Class donor services to fund preferred Give Local causes solely in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Promoting “Give Back, Give Local” is the best recipe for a better community.

S. Brigette Loden, CFRE, Executive Director

With over 20 years’ experience building philanthropic support through strategic planning, donor-centered identification, cultivation, and stewardship, Brigette Loden was named Executive Director of Community Foundation of the Valleys. By continuously identifying innovative solutions and personally developing unique, philanthropic growth strategies, Brigette has raised in excess of $50 million.

As Vice President of Development for Providence Health & Services, Southern California Region, Brigette restructured the planned giving program and led the regional fundraising resource and consulting team. Her many successes include securing the second largest estate gift of $7.25 million at the time.

A lifelong volunteer, she is currently volunteers in her new home town of Prescott, Arizona for Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott Unified School District and Prescott Center for the Arts, as well as sits on the advisory boards of Building Healthcare for Humanity, KHTS 1220 AM Radio, and Valley Nonprofit Resources.

Brigette is on the list of the “Valley Top 200” published by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, has received the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” award for not-for-profit leadership, as well as the Southern California Association of Healthcare Development’s “Outstanding Leader of the Year” award in 2016.

Marianne Haver Hill, Chair

“The Foundation seeks to promote a spirit of generosity among Valley leaders and donors that will facilitate greater financial resources for our region’s nonprofits. These agencies in turn will have the needed resources to enhance the quality of life for all of our residents.”

In addition to her role as Board Chair for the CFV, she chairs the Livable and Sustainable Communities Committee as part of her board work with The Valley Economic Alliance, co-chairs the BizFed Anti-Poverty Committee, leads the volunteer workforce for an interfaith food distribution program called Mano a Mano in Pasadena, and co-chairs the capital campaign for her church. Earlier in her career, she served as the Executive Director of Propel LA for almost three years, where she oversaw the implementation of the Countywide Strategic Plan for Economic Development under the umbrella of the LA County Economic Development Corp (LAEDC).

From 1987–2016, Marianne was President and CEO of MEND – Meet Each Need with Dignity, a multi-service SFV poverty relief agency. During the time of her leadership, the organization served an average of 37,000 clients each month utilizing a volunteer workforce of 5000+, as well as a paid staff of 34. In 2012, MEND was recognized by the Governor’s Office as the California Non-Profit of the Year.

Marianne holds a B.A. in music from Seattle Pacific University and an M.S in public administration from Troy University.

Tamara Gurney, Past Chair

“As many local nonprofits struggle to fund their services, CFV is more determined than ever to serve as a vital conduit between donors and community needs by encouraging their generosity and support.”

Tamara Gurney founded Mission Valley Bank in July, 2001. Subsequently, Mission Valley Bancorp was formed in 2005.

Tamara’s banking career began in 1974 at Bank of America in the North America division. In 1980, she joined American Pacific State Bank located in Sun Valley and eventually became the bank’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. During her tenure at American Pacific, the bank grew from $80 million and one branch to a $450 million financial institution with eight branches.

Active in numerous community-based organizations, Tamara serves on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, College of the Canyons Foundation, Economic Development Corporation of the Santa Clarita Valley, and The Valley Economic Alliance.

Tamara holds a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Heath Goldman, Vice Chair & Secretary

“We have a trust relationship with our donors. They rely on us to offer options, vet charities and manage funds.”

Heath Goldman is a financial specialist with more than 24 years’ experience managing complex financial strategies for his clients. He helps business owners, executive professionals, and real estate entrepreneurs develop ways to maximize their assets and income through the use of competitive analysis and the coordination of estate, business, investment, tax-exempt, charitable, and legacy planning techniques.

Prior to joining Pacific Advisors, Heath was President and CEO of ICON Wealth & Legacy Partners. Prior to forming ICON, he was a member of Sagemark Consulting’s Financial Planning team and worked for PaineWebber in its private client group.

Heath attended the University of Arizona where he was a Rhodes Scholar nominee and member of the University track team.

William Wolf, MBA, CPA, Treasurer

“I grew up here, I raised my family here, I built my business here. This is how I’m giving back.”

William is currently Partner Emeritus of Baker Tilly. He was previously the Managing Partner at Squar Milner where he was responsible for the delivery of tax and accounting services to businesses and high net worth individuals. He also serves as a litigation consultant in tax and accounting matters and performs due diligence and fraud investigations.

Prior to joining Squar Milner, William was a senior partner with White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna, Wolf & Hunt, LLP. During his 14 years at the firm, he was the partner in charge of the tax and accounting divisions. He is a published author on the use of tax returns to understand a business, tax planning in business acquisitions, and other tax matters.

William holds a B.S. degree in business and an MBA, both from the University of Southern California.

Cassie R. Carter, Ph.D.

“Nonprofits fill a critical function in our community, one that represents our values and priorities, and isn’t met by business and government—the Community Foundation helps nonprofits thrive because our community is enriched by them.”

Cassie is Vice President at Campbell & Company, bringing 30 years of passion and experience in the nonprofit, arts, and culture sectors to her work. She focuses on strategic and fundraising planning that builds a shared understanding of mission and vision leveraging opportunities and strengths of their organizations to achieve long-term organizational and fundraising success.

Prior to joining Campbell & Company, Cassie was Associate Vice President for Development and Director of Campaigns at Hawaii Pacific University, Associate Vice President for Development Operations and Director of Advancement for the College of Science and Mathematics at Cal Poly, and Executive Director of the Montana Outdoor Science School. She also taught life science at Santa Monica College for many years.

She served as the Director of Programs for Heal the Bay in Santa Monica and volunteers as a board member of several other nonprofits throughout Hawaii, Montana and California. Currently she also serves on the board of directors for the Pierce College Foundation and formerly served on the boards for the Bozeman Children’s Museum, Montana Nonprofit Association, Montana Environmental Education Association and co-founded the Bozeman-based Nonprofit Cafe.

Cassie’s family owns the Red Barn Feed & Pet Barn and she holds a doctoral degree in teaching and learning with an emphasis on science education and public administration from the University of Southern California.

Michael Koch

“We commit to the highest levels of ethics and professionalism. We are accountable to each other, to donors, and to our community.”

Michael is Executive Director at Southern California Counseling Center where he is responsible for the day-to-day activities, board relations, fundraising, communications, establishing short and long-term financial objectives, new business development, strategic planning and cultivating collaborative relationships.

His previous experience includes Program Director at Community Partners, President of the UniHealth Foundation, Executive Director at CaliforniaKids Healthcare Foundation, and Strategic Planner at Blue Cross California.

Michael holds a MBA degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in radio, television, and film from San Diego State University.

Bill Allen, CEO, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

Founding Member, Community Foundation of the Valleys

 

David Fleming, Esq., Senior Advisory to Senator Robert Hertzberg

 

Guillermo de la Viña, Founder and CEO, Sigue Corporation

Thomas E. Backer, Ph.D., Executive Director, Valley Nonprofit Resources

Sonya Kay Blake, President and CEO, The Valley Economic Alliance

Kafi D. Blumenfeld, CEO, Alisyo LLC and Founding Executive Director, Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Caryn Bosson, Facilitator, Organizational Development Specialist

Matt Kamin, MBA, Founder and CEO, Envision Consulting

Alfred J. Landegger, Esq., Principal Managing Partner, Landegger Verano & Davis Law Group

Pegi Matsuda, MA, CFRE, Owner, Pegi Matsuda Consulting LLC

Muhannad Malki, President, Insurance Office of America

Jeri Seratti-Goldman, Owner, KHTS Radio FM 98.1 & AM 1220

Marianne Haver Hill, Board Chair, Chair

David Boyns, Director, CSUN Institute for Community Health and Well-being

Rev. Zedar Broadous

Valerie Evans, Faith Community Representative

Fred Gaines, JD, Board Chair, The Valley Economic Alliance and Partner, Gaines and Stacey LLP, Member, Calabasas City Council

Al Grazioli, Director of Real Estate / Facilities Asset Development

Corinne Ho, Community Relations, LA Homeless Services Authority

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Jaeger, Pastor, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and Executive Director, NoHo Home Alliance

Matt Kamin, MBA, Founder and CEO, Envision Consulting

Bernice Saavedra, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Hope of the Valley

Holly Schroeder, President & CEO, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation

Liz Selby, Director Housing Innovation, LA Mayor’s Office of City Homelessness Initiatives

Rachael Simon, Housing and Homelessness Deputy, LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s Office

Katie Tell, CDO, LA Family Housing

Marianne Haver Hill, Communications Chair, Board Chair, and Chair Homelessness & Housing Conference

Tamara Gurney, Past Chair, President & CEO, Mission Valley Bank

Susan Groveman, Co-Chair Communications, Senior Marketing Communications Executive, and

Executive Director, Marketing and Community Relations at Taft College

Pegi Matsuda, MA, CFRE, Owner, Pegi Matsuda Consulting LLC

Jeri Seratti-Goldman, Owner, KHTS Radio FM 98.1 & AM 1220

Lois Bauccio, Principal, LMB Development Services

Nancy Hammerman, Vice President, Sutton Capital Partners

Gail Lara, Executive Director, Women’s Collaborative Mentoring Program, The Valley Economic Alliance

Teri Mazurek, Global Creative Director and Entertainment Consultant

Jenny Mikesell, Owner, Mikesell Design

Tania Mulry, Founder & CEO, DDx Media Inc./Steamwork Center

Andrea Salazar, Senior Marketing Communications Executive

Tena Yatroussis, Development and Video Marketing Consultant

Braun Family

Wolf Family Foundation

Mission Valley Bank

Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Squar Milner, LLP

Bill Allen

Marianne and Randall Hill

Community Foundation of the Valleys “Give Back, Give Local” Supporters

Stay tuned for year-end updates.