Our Team & Vision

Hi, there!

We're the team at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the local folks behind GivingEdge (this website) and Big Day of Giving (the annual giving day it powers). Both are programs of our initiative to strengthen the greater Sacramento area by strengthening our local nonprofit sector — and the community ties that connect us all.

This work is at the heart of our mission. We love the Sacramento region and all of its dynamic, diverse communities. That's why we work in partnership with our donors and community partners to make it more equitable and vibrant for all — through leadership efforts like Big Day of Giving and GivingEdge, yes — as well as the philanthropic services we provide to make giving easy and effective for individuals, families, and businesses who care.

Our Work: Strategic Initiatives

Together, tackling the root causes of inequity to build a more vibrant region for all.

With our donors' support, and in partnership with cross-sector leaders throughout El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties, we put philanthropic resources to work and tackle pressing community challenges to make the capital area a more vibrant, more equitable home for all. Since we launched our Strategic Initiatives in 2015, we have led efforts to:

  • Expand Philanthropy and the Social EconomyGrow local giving and build the capacity of the nonprofit sector through a suite of programs, including Big Day of Giving, GivingEdge, The Lab Capacity Building Program, Grants Advisory Board for Youth, and more.
  • Prepare Students to Succeed in the New EconomyIncrease college completion rates among students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education by pairing public financial aid with private scholarships and wraparound services.
  • Connect the Regional Food EconomyStrengthen the food system that feeds our region through research, collaboration, and large-scale investments that improve the greater Sacramento region's entire food system. 
  • Transform the Creative EconomyFoster a vibrant creative ecosystem to ensure the region’s cultural landscape is marked by equity, celebrates diversity, and is sustained into the future.

To learn more about each of these initiatives, please click the links above and register for our monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest in our work.

Our Work: Philanthropic Services

Making it easy to maximize your impact, help others, and leave a legacy of good.

We help generous people support causes they care about easily and effectively, immediately or through their wills. And we make it easy: Donors establish charitable funds at the Foundation (or our partner, Yolo Community Foundation) and then make grants from their personalized funds to support the causes they love or offer scholarships to students pursuing higher education.

The process is simple:

  • Give: Donors make a gift to open their customized charitable fund at the Foundation.
  • Grow: Their fund grows through sound investments, enabling them to make a greater immediate and long-term impact.
  • Grant: They direct grants from their funds to the causes that matter to them and their loved ones.

Plus, when donors open charitable funds at the Foundation, they become partners in our community leadership initiatives—including GivingEdge and Big Day of Giving! We could go on about our fundholders and the benefits of charitable funds, but we'll save it for the Foundation website. If you'd like to learn more about how we can help facilitate your philanthropic giving, please visit our website, where you can see our menu of charitable funds and review our charitable giving resources.

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Our Team

We aren't shy about it: There's a great group of people behind this effort, including the Board of Directors and staff of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. 




  • Kathy McKim, Hawksbill Group, Chair
  • Garry Maisel, Western Health Advantage, Vice-Chair
  • Jonathan Lederer, U.S. Bank, Treasurer
  • Cassandra Walker Pye, Lucas Public Affairs, Secretary
  • Elaine Abelaye-Mateo, Everyday Impact Consulting
  • Karen Baker, Community Leader
  • Angela DePaoli, Bargas Environmental Consulting
  • Bret Hewitt, Yolo Community Foundation
  • Matthew Jacobs, CalPERS
  • William Niemi, Niemi Development Partners, LLC
  • Vince Sales, Everyday Impact Consulting
  • Renee Nunes Taylor, Community Leader
  • Kate Stille, Nugget Markets, Inc., Chair
  • Scott Syphax, Syphax Strategic Solutions
  • Steven Weiss, The Weiss Group
  • Kate Willcox, Boutin Jones, Inc.


  • Kerry Wood, Chief Executive Officer
  • Niva Flor, Chief Impact & Strategy Officer
  • Edward Harris, Chief Financial Officer
  • Kelly Siefkin, Chief Philanthropy Officer
  • Tina Bryce, Director of Grants & Scholarships 
  • Vasey Coman, Director of Communications
  • Chelsea Fahr, Senior Director of Philanthropy
  • Sharon Feng, Senior Accountant
  • Monica Haulman, Senior Program Manager
  • Maria Patrick, Finance Associate
  • Jasmine Ripoyla, Communications Coordinator
  • Anthony Taula-Lieras, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships
  • Regina Vanzant, Office Coordinator 
  • Cathy Vue, Grants & Scholarships Specialist
  • Rachel Wood, Philanthropy Coordinator



Contact Us

Connect with our team.

Have questions about GivingEdge, Big Day of Giving, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, opening a charitable fund to support your philanthropic giving, or another piece of our work? Please connect with our team, who are always happy to assist.