Who We Are: Staff


William (Bill) Smith - President and CEO

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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.


Christa Coggins - Vice President for Community Philanthropy

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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.


Kevin Sokol-White, CPA - Vice President for Finance and Operations

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Kevin Sokol-White, VIce President for Finance & Operations, oversees 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.


Joohee Rand - Vice President for Community Investment and Strategy

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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.


Rebecca Baran-Rees - Project Director, MoGro


Rebecca currently serves as the Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability Program Officer at the Foundation, supporting work in the “Sustainable Agriculture & Stewardship of Resources” Area of Impact. She is also the Project Director for MoGro, a mobile grocery initiative that partners with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, Roadrunner Food Bank, and other communities to support sustainable local food systems, and eliminate barriers to affordable healthy food. As part of her work for the Foundation, Rebecca serves on the Santa Fe Food Policy Council, a joint council of the Santa Fe City and County, working to create and maintain a regional food system that provides safe and nutritious food to all residents, particularly those in need. She is represents the Foundation as a steering committee member for the Intermountain West Funder Network, one of the working groups of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Before moving to Santa Fe, she worked in prison reform, monitoring mental and medical health care in California State Prisons, and as a legal advocate for low-income families experiencing homelessness and the loss of their public benefits in New York State. She received a BA from UC Berkeley, and a Graduate Degree from Cornell University in city and regional planning with an emphasis on community development and participatory planning. Born and raised in San Francisco, Rebecca moved to Santa Fe with her husband in 2012. They now have a son and a daughter, and enjoy all the beauty New Mexico has to offer.


Chad Gasper – Finance and Philanthropy Associate

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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 the Foundation, 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.


David Gaussoin - NMHEP Communications and Marketing Associate



Gabriela Gomez - Director of Development

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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.


Diane Hamamoto - Grants Officer

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Bio pending...


Ona Johnson - Director, Dollars4Schools



Jessica Espinoza Jensen - NMHEP Grants & Capacity Building Strategist


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.


Rachel Kutcher - Program Director, Santa Fe Baby Fund,
Expanding Opportunity for Young Families

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Rachel Kutcher is Project Director for Santa Fe Baby Fund, for which she coordinates grantmaking and advocacy for early childhood issues. She is also Project Director for Expanding Opportunity for Young Families, for which she coordinates a collaborative of partners working to engage young parents, organizations, and agencies to better align programs, systems, and policies to support young parents in their pursuit of educational and career development goals, as well as their goals and priorities for their children and families.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Rachel worked in community health and equity in both the nonprofit and governmental sectors in New Mexico. She has an extensive background in nonprofit resource development and grant writing, as well as coordinating multi-sector community collaboratives. She also brings a strong interest in and experience with multigenerational family support models and using human centered design to engage community and frontline staff in human services innovation and policy change. Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Cornell University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at University of Minnesota. In her free time, Rachel enjoys swimming, hiking, cooking, and learning to throw and handbuild pottery.


Annmarie McLaughlin - Senior Director of Community Leadership and Impact

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Annmarie McLaughlin works closely with SFCF’s leadership and a deeply engaged programmatic team to steward the organization’s community leadership work in our priority areas of interest: cultural vibrancy, economic security and opportunity, educational success and career pathways, health and wellbeing, and sustainable agriculture and stewardship of resources. High on her radar is keeping this work aligned with the Foundation’s broad strategic goals and assessing the impact of this activity. Annmarie holds a BFA from New York University. Her lifelong professional development pursuits include mediation, work with the Alternatives to Violence Project, narrative healing, anti-racism, and community leadership. She currently serves as the Board Chair for the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers. Annmarie loves living on Santa Fe's dynamic southside and spends her free time with her adult sons, cooking (and eating!), listening to audio books, and floating on New Mexico’s rivers. She has been with the Santa Fe Community Foundation since 2005.


Estefany Carrasco-González - Program Officer for Education and Opportunity Santa Fe 

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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 time outdoors with her husband, dog, and family.


Charles Rountree - Controller



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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.


Ellen Stevens - Finance & Accounting Manager

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Ellen Stevens, Finance and Accounting Manager, works with the Controller and CFO and is responsible for much of the day to day bookkeeping of the Foundation. Prior to working at SFCF, Ellen spent over a decade as the Director of Finance and Operations for Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist retreat center in Santa Fe. She’s thrilled to be able to put her many years of nonprofit experience to work at the Foundation.

Ellen has graduate degrees in Accounting from UNM’s Anderson School of Business and Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a BA in English Literature from SUNY Geneseo. Ellen and her husband, Rian, a wildlands firefighter live in Eldorado with their daughter, Pippi. Some of Ellen’s favorite pastimes include hiking, yoga and travelling with her family.


Gregg Weiss - Marketing & Communications Officer

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Gregg Weiss has 30 years of expertise collaborating with arts and culture-based nonprofits and small to medium-sized businesses. Gregg's incisive approach to brand storytelling—accompanies an award-winning career 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.


Jane Yates - Front Office and HUB Associate 


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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.