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William (Bill) Smith - President and CEO
wsmith@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7001

Bill Smith, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, feels like he’s finally come home. Enchanted with Santa Fe since his first visit over two decades ago, Bill knew then that his personal and professional path would lead him here. Prior to joining SFCF, Bill served as the Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) in Washington, D.C., a post he had held since 2010. Previously, Bill was the Vice President for Public Policy at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), where he spearheaded national efforts to end abstinence-only-until-marriage programming and was involved in the creation of new federal programs to support evidence—based interventions aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and STDs, including HIV. Bill has worked in nearly every state in the country in some capacity, as well as having been engaged in significant sexual health promotion efforts abroad.

Bill is currently completing his doctoral degree in Political Philosophy with a focus on American Federalism from the Catholic University of America, where he received his Master’s Degree. He is also Senior Faculty Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.

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Christa Coggins - Vice President for Community Philanthropy
ccoggins@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7002

Christa Coggins, Vice President for Community Philanthropy at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, is the principal liaison for fundholders and the Giving Together program. Christa oversees the Foundation’s competitive grants program, grants committees, grants cycles; Foundation programming at the Hub; and is the primary contact for relationships with the nonprofit community. Prior to working at SFCF, Christa spent the previous decade working as a contractor on evaluation and outcomes measurement with health nonprofits in northern New Mexico.

Before coming to New Mexico Christa worked in international AIDS research out of New York City, and International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region. Fluent in Spanish, French and Hassaniya, Christa and her husband raised their children in Santa Fe, she has a graduate degree is in Public Health from University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree from Yale University. Christa is a backyard beekeeper, a yak rancher, a wannabe knitter, and spends her free time with her dogs hiking and skiing. Christa has worked for Santa Fe Community Foundation since 2009.

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Sarah A. Sawtell, CPA - Vice President for Finance and Operations
ssawtell@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7003

Sarah Sawtell, CPA, Vice President for Finance and Operations at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, is in charge of the financial information recording and reporting, the monitoring of investment performance, and the building, personnel, and technology operations at the Foundation. Prior to working at the Foundation, Sarah was in a public accounting firm, Daymon & Associates, where she was the audit manager specializing in non-profit audits and the respective tax preparation.

Sarah graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska. Living in New Mexico since 1973, she was involved with many non-profit organizations prior to obtaining her CPA license. She has been with the Foundation since 2001.

Sarah and her husband raised their children in Santa Fe. In her spare time, she is a backyard farmer, a semi-horticulturist, and an amateur quilter.

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Kevin Sokol-White - Chief Financial Officer
ksokolwhite@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7021

Kevin Sokol-White, Chief Financial Officer, works with the Vice President for Finance and Operations to oversee the recording and reporting of financial information, the monitoring of investment performance, and the building, personnel, and technology operations at the Foundation. In 2017, Kevin retired from a 30-year career in energy and finance and public accounting. His work took him to South America, the Middle East, Africa and the former Soviet republics. After spending his career in the for-profit sector, Kevin feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to join the Foundation early in January of 2019.

Kevin has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Accounting from the University of Mississippi and has been a CPA since 1990. After being a part of the Santa Fe community on a part-time basis for over a decade, Kevin and his husband, Chris, a personal trainer made Santa Fe their permanent home in July 2017. They love their dogs, all kinds of adventure, and international travel and like to spend their spare time staying active in the gym and with spinning, skiing, and hiking.

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Joohee Rand - Vice President for Community Investment and Strategy
jrand@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7023

Joohee manages strategic initiatives for the Foundation focused on community leadership. Her current portfolio of initiatives includes Impact Investing, Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration (SF B2C), LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) and MoGro (Mobile Grocery). Contact Joohee if you have questions or suggestions regarding these strategic initiatives or are interested in exploring collaboration.

Joohee joined SFCF in April of 2013. In her previous career, Joohee was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co advising cross-sector clients ranging from global corporations to national foundations in various areas including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, organization, and performance management. She was a member of the Corporate Finance & Strategy Practice and the Nonprofit Practice at McKinsey. She also worked as an independent consultant for philanthropic and educational organizations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, was an Executive Director at Glow Foundation (a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on college access and financial literacy education for low-income youth), and worked at Echoing Green Foundation in New York during her business school years. Joohee holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, a MPP focused on International Economic Policy from KDI School of Public Policy and Management in Korea, and a BA in General Management from Assumption University in Thailand.

Joohee and her husband moved to Santa Fe from San Francisco in 2009 and have two young boys. Joohee enjoys traveling and, in her spare time, attempts to be an amateur artist, cook more, start an edible garden, and get fit so that she can catch up to her very active husband and two boys.

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Rebecca Baran-Rees - Project Director, MoGro
mogro@santafecf.org

505.670.8741

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Katie Dry - Director, Santa Fe Baby Fund
kdry@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7016

 

Katie is the Director of the Santa Fe Baby Fund, the Foundation’s early childhood initiative. The Baby Fund seeks to raise awareness about the critical importance of the prenatal through age four period of life through advocacy, public awareness campaigns, public forums, investment in the nonprofit sector and promotion of philanthropy. Additionally, Katie manages root2fruit Santa Fe – a three-year capacity building grant for local nonprofits. A project of the Santa Fe Community Foundation in partnership with the Mammel Foundation, root2fruit provides funding, mentoring and peer learning opportunities for up to three grantee organizations each year. Contact Katie if you would like to learn more about the Baby Fund or root2fruit. Katie’s graduate work was in international economics and food policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts. She has worked as a management consultant, communications director and, briefly, as a cheesemonger. Katie and her husband moved to Santa Fe in 2008 from the East Coast. Both of their two young sons were born here.

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Chad Gasper – Finance and HUB Operations Associate
cgasper@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7020

Chad assists the Director for Development and Commmunications by processing all gifts to the various funds of the Foundation as well as working with various fund-holding organizations on their special events.

Contact Chad if you have questions about contributions made to the Santa Fe community Foundation.

Chad is an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo of New Mexico. Prior to joining SFCF, Chad worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in the Institutional Advancement Department maintaining the school’s donor database. He is passionate about movies, music and travel. Chad has worked at SFCF since 2011.

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David Gaussoin - NMHEP Communications and Marketing Associate
dgaussoin@nmhep.org

505-660-3087 

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Gabriela Gomez - Director of Development
ggomez@santafecf.org

505-988-9715

Gabriela Gomez joined the Santa Fe Community Foundation in February of 2019 as Director of Development and manages the day-to-day financial resource development & donor strategies of the Foundation. In addition to developing and managing philanthropic relationships, Gabriela works in close collaboration with colleagues on achieving the Foundation’s mission.

She is a first generation New Mexican, Mexican-American with Albuquerque roots and has worked in both the private and nonprofit sector. Prior to joining SFCF, Gabriela worked at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

Gabriela takes great pride in New Mexico and is excited to now call Santa Fe, home. When not at the office, she likes to spend her free time either exercising, cooking, reading, eating (foodie!) or visiting with loved ones.

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Diane Hamamoto - Grants Officer
dhamamoto@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7008

Bio pending...

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Jessica Espinoza Jensen - NMHEP Grants & Capacity Building Strategist
jjensen@nmhep.org

505-490-1202

Jessi wants to live in a world where families hold active roles in developing solutions and informing decisions that affect their communities. Raised in New Mexico, Jessi sees the strengths, creativity, and beauty in her community and easily identifies opportunities and connections to move towards a healthier world.

Jessi has been with HEP since its inception in 2012. As the Grants & Capacity Building Strategist, she has coached groups to utilize health impact assessment; engaged new members in the network and created critical linkages across organizations; and been instrumental in planning community-focused gatherings. Through all of this, Jessi has remained committed to authentic community engagement and leadership. Her past endeavors studying sociology, exploring feminist works, teaching English abroad, providing assistance to non-profits, and working in research prepared her for this role.

When Jessi’s not at HEP, you can find her running in the surrounding beautiful mountains. For Jessi, her work at HEP and trail running are interrelated. She experiences trail running as an exercise in learning, understanding and connection. Trail running feeds Jessi’s soul as it has taught her to persevere, recognize her power and strength, and believe in things she didn’t think possible.

Jessi’s other passions include yoga, skiing, and hanging out with her husband, Brian, extended family, and rambunctious beagles, Bogus Basin and BurčáK Bilo.

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Ona Johnson - Dollars4Schools Project Director
ojohnson@santafecf.org

505-690-3572

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Annmarie McLaughlin - Director of Community Programs
amclaughlin@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7005

Annmarie McLaughlin designs and develops all community programming for the Foundation’s Philanthropy HUB. The HUB supports nonprofit capacity building through an annual series of technical assistance workshops, cohort-based leadership workshops, community convenings, and technical resources. In 2017, the HUB produced 61 programs for over 1,100 participants with content addressing nonprofit leadership, equity, fundraising, finance, board management, and community engagement.

Annmarie serves on the boards of the Santa Fe Estate Planning Council (Chair, Education Committee) and the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers (Vice-Chair).

Annmarie holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked in the Santa Fe nonprofit sector since 2001 and with SFCF since 2005.

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Charles Rountree - Controller
crountree@santafecf.org

 

 

505-988-9715 ext 7011

Charles Rountree, Controller, serves as the assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Operations. His responsibilities include investment reconciliations, payroll, vendor payments and reporting. Charles also provides financial reporting support for MoGro and Impact Investing.

After graduating from Georgia State University with a degree in Accounting, he began his career in Atlanta working with the Peasant Restaurants. Charles returned to his hometown of Birmingham to assist his family in opening and operating a restaurant. He then worked for several years with Cobbs Allen Insurance.

Charles and his husband moved to Santa Fe in 2014. Charles is active in the community as a volunteer, primarily with the Santa Fe Opera and the Church of the Holy Faith. He is an enthusiastic bicyclist, an avid reader and a lousy gardener.

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Gregg Weiss - Communications and Marketing Officer
gweiss@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7004

Gregg Weiss has 30 years of expertise collaborating with arts and culture-based nonprofits. Gregg has a holistic, strategic approach to brand storytelling—and brings with him an award-winning history of work with The Center for Contemporary Arts, The Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Institute of American Indian Arts, The Santa Fe University of Art & Design, among others.

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Jane Yates - Front Office and HUB Associate
jyates@santafecf.org 

 

505-988-9715 ext 7017

Jane Yates joined SFCF in March 2017. Jane provides support to the three Vice Presidents of SFCF, manages the organization’s general administrative activities, and provides support for HUB programs, including oversight of planning and scheduling for community meeting space services. Jane grew up in Georgia where she also received a Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University in Accounting and an Associate’s Degree in Library Science. After college she moved to Los Angeles where she spent 12 years developing her career and raising her daughter. She moved to Santa Fe 20 years ago. She has worked with various accounting and investment firms throughout the community and in Albuquerque. Jane volunteers with Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe and enjoys hiking and spending time at home. She is a dedicated employee who strives to maintain organization throughout the Foundation.

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Estefany González Mendoza - Program Officer, Opportunity Santa Fe
egonzalez@santafecf.org 

 

505-988-9715 ext 7024

Estefany is the Program Officer of the Opportunity Santa Fe: Birth to Career Collective Impact Initiative and the Foundation’s Educational Success & Career Pathways Area of Impact. She is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico and has lived in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico for most of her life.

She holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from the University of New Mexico and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration. In her previous career in social movement building, Estefany implemented outreach efforts to mobilize and engage communities of color, managed campaigns, and developed curriculum around equitable access to education, environmental justice, immigrant rights, racial and social justice. As the Program Coordinator with Juntos: Our Air, Our Water, a program of CVNM Education Fund in partnership with the LCV’s Chispa, Estefany developed and implemented the project through an equity lens alongside communities of color, developed grant narratives/reports, and supported staff in meeting their program goals with communities from the South Valley and International District of Albuquerque.

Estefany has experience in coalition building, leading campaigns alongside community, and utilizing community-driven participatory research to inform equitable policies. She has served as a New Mexico Health Equity Partnership Health Impact Assessments technical assistance provider for the for the past two years providing coaching and training to teams. Estefany is one of the authors of the Global505 Coalition HIA titled “Language Access as a Bare Minimum to Support Health of Immigrant and Refugee Families,” which focused on language access in education, transportation and employment.

During her spare time, Estefany enjoys baking, crocheting, and spending outdoors with her husband, dog, and family.