CEO Transition

After an extensive nationwide search, San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) is thrilled to announce the appointment of its new President & CEO Debbie McKeon. Debbie joins SDG after previously serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Council of Michigan Foundations and will take up her new role on April 8th.

“We are excited to have Debbie join our team after a thoughtful and inclusive transition and search process. Debbie’s skills, expertise and energy for innovative, systems-level change was key as we sought a leader that could help us achieve our goal of an equitable, collaborative, and impactful social change ecosystem that improves the lives of all residents in our region,” said SDG Board Chair, Steve Eldred.  

“I am honored to join San Diego Grantmakers to build upon the successes of its nationally recognized initiatives such as the Social Equity Collaborative Fund and Military Transition Support Project, which ultimately became zero8hundred, and other sector leading innovations, especially in impact investing, education and addressing homelessness,” McKeon said. “I am keen to serve this dynamic membership as it leads work to grow impact, championing equity and opportunity for all,” she noted.

>> Read the official announcement regarding Debbie's appointment here.

The announcement of Debbie McKeon as the new President & CEO of San Diego Grantmakers concludes the search for a seasoned leader with a track record of achievement, dedicated to the philanthropic community to join a collaborative network of people and organizations. Debbie will officially take up her new role on Monday 8 April, however you can connect with her now at [email protected]


On May 10, 2018, San Diego Grantmakers President and CEO Nancy Jamison announced her retirement after 13 years leading SDG. 

>> Read the letter from the Board Chair announcing Nancy's retirement.

>> Watch Nancy's farewell message.

>> See photos from the CEO Farewell event held in November @ Brick, Liberty Station.

Fuel our next chapter

Many members have already asked about ways to kickstart Debbie's vision for SDG and build on the new key work areas recently announced as part of the organizations renewed mission, vision and values. The Board - as future stewards of the organization - have asked that any initial investments be made through SDG’s Equity and Innovation Fund.

If we are to continue the legacy of equity, innovation and growth set forth by Nancy and support Debbie's deep commitment to the values, mission and unbridled potential of SDG, as she positions this organization as an authentic and catalytic partner of the San Diego community, we need your help in ensuring that we can effectively navigate this transition period through your support, commitment and generosity.

>> Learn more about the Equity and Innovation Fund.

Gifts to the fund can be made online via the button below or if you have any questions regarding or require more information on the Equity and Innovation Fund please contact Ryan Ginard on 858-875-3333 or [email protected].