Who We Are: Staff

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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.


Sarah A. Sawtell, CPA - Vice President for Finance and Operations

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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.


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.

Katherine O. Courtney - Director of Collective Impact Initiatives

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Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney is the Director of Collective Impact Initiatives at the Santa Fe Community foundation, providing backbone support for Opportunity Santa Fe: Birth to Career. Katherine has over a decade of experience in the fields of Child Welfare, and Juvenile Justice. An advocate for data-informed decision-making, she helped to lead the effort to develop Continuous Quality Improvement throughout New Mexico Child Protective Services. Katherine is the co-author of the book “Anna Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment”, and is passionate about collaboration and systematic change to improve the lives of children and their families.

Katherine grew up in northern New Mexico, and completed her undergraduate studies at UNM. She graduated with a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University (TCU) where she studied at the Institute of Behavioral Research. Her doctoral dissertation focused on organizational change in substance abuse treatment. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, yoga, hunting down the best restaurants in every city, and spending time with her husband and daughter.


Katie Dry - Director, Santa Fe Baby Fund

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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.


Chad Gasper – Finance and HUB Operations 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 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.


David Gaussoin - NMHEP Communications and Marketing Associate


David Gaussoin provides communications, web site, newsletter, and social media support for the NM Health Equity Partnership. In addition, he serves as support for network engagement and external communications, as well as, the HIP funded SF Chainbreaker HIA. He has a back ground in applied fine arts and arts education.

David holds a BBA in Business Marketing from the Anderson School of Business, at the University of New Mexico. David’s previous experience includes teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Santa Fe Community College, as well as, producing and selling his own jewelry and fashion internationally. David is a Native of Santa Fe, as well as, a proud member of the Navajo Nation and Picuris Pueblo. David is a strong advocate for the arts. He has worked with the Pueblo Opera Program, Avant Guard, the New Mexico Museum Foundation, and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. He enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, and sharing with others his own cultural background.

David also believes in equity and advocacy for grass roots community action- "I believe community members hold the knowledge and answers. Sometimes, they just need to be asked. I do this work because we all have a responsibility to honor our past, present, and future generations, because this is our home."


Vaughan Glidden - NMHEP Creative Logistics & Operations Associate


Vaughan provides operational and logistics support for NM Health Equity Partnership’s events and gatherings. In addition she serves as a HIA point person, supporting organizations as they go through the rigorous HIA assessment process.

Vaughan joined HEP after spending 10 years in New York, where she worked in non-profits and the arts. Vaughan’s work in non-profits has always focused on a holistic approach to health for children and the communities they live in. This goal has taken many forms, from working in with corporate and foundation partners to raise funds to carry out UNICEF’s work internationally to focusing locally, serving as a case-manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also has a background in commercial and fine art photography. Vaughan holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of New Mexico and a M.A. in Human Right and Advocacy from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies.

In her free time Vaughan enjoys spending time in the mountains, hiking, skiing, camping, and catching sunsets.


Diane Hamamoto - Program Officer

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Bio pending...


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.


Ona Johnson - Dollars4Schools Project Director


As a native Santa Fean and graduate of Santa Fe Public Schools, Ona brings a personal and local perspective to Dollars4Schools, a program that is genuinely dear to her heart. Her background in public relations and the arts, and her prior experience as the Statewide Director of New Mexico’s Centennial, has provided Ona with unique opportunities to work closely on many projects with New Mexico educators and students. As a parent of two children who attend Santa Fe schools, she is especially aware of the obstacles teachers and students encounter. Ona looks forward to continuing her work with the dedicated teachers right here in Santa Fe and providing a funding resource to our educators.


Courtney Lopez - Director of Development

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Courtney joined the Santa Fe Community Foundation in July 2017 as Director of Development. Prior to her work at SFCF she served as Assistant Director of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM). While at CFSNM, Courtney focused her time and efforts on donor relations and stewardship, communications and marketing, and grants and scholarships. Courtney began her career working in development at New Mexico State University (NMSU), serving as both Community and Alumni Relations Coordinator for the College of Health and Social Services and Assistant Development Officer for the College of Business.

Courtney obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, minoring in Journalism and Marketing, and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from NMSU. She enjoys yoga, traveling, blogging and spending time with family and friends.


Annmarie McLaughlin - Director of Community Programs

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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.


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.


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.