San Diego Grantmakers Expands Team with Three New Hires

Thursday, April 27, 2017

San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) is pleased to announce three key appointments to help support the local philanthropic community. Amy Denhart, Ryan Ginard, and Annie Guo have extensive experience in government, advocacy, civic engagement and philanthropy and will fill essential roles as SDG expands its role in contributing to issues of critical importance to the region.


“We are excited to have Amy, Ryan and Annie joining our team,” said SDG President and CEO Nancy Jamison. “They will undoubtedly enhance our efforts to adapt to a changing philanthropic landscape and meet the need for greater connectivity among funders, and other sectors in San Diego.”

Amy Denhart (top left) has been appointed to the position of Director, Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego (FTEHSD). Amy will work closely with Sr. Director of Collaborative Philanthropy Megan Thomas and the rest of the SDG staff to support FTEHSD’s strategic grantmaking and advocacy in systems change and youth/family homelessness. For the past 22 years, Amy held positions in fundraising, public policy, and community engagement. During more than a decade as Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood, she worked with donors and the Board of Directors to advance public policy in support of reproductive health care. Prior to that, she was Area Director for US Senator Barbara Boxer, serving as the Senator’s liaison to the San Diego community, connecting constituents to the Senate and other government bodies. Most recently, Amy worked closely with the City of San Diego and County governments as the lead finance and contract management staff for a local communications and marketing firm. 

Ryan Ginard (top middle) will assume the newly created role of Director of Strategic Advancement.  Ryan will lead expansion of SDG’s efforts in membership growth, resource development, strategic marketing, external affairs and communications. He has over 10 years of highly relevant experience in government, nonprofits, and philanthropy, making him a strong fit for this multi-faceted role. He served most recently as the Development Director for Access Youth Academy where he oversaw planning, communications and execution of their operational, marketing and development strategies. Previously he worked at The San Diego Foundation as the Manager of Charitable Giving/Civic Leadership Fund and Manager of the Center for Civic Engagement. He is an active writer and thinker about new directions in philanthropy as evidenced by thought pieces in numerous local and national publications as well as involvement in Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Leadership Council for the Clinton Foundation 20/30 Program.

Annie Guo (top right) will support SDG’s internal and external communications on a part-time basis. She is a new San Diegan, coming from Colorado where she was the Community Engagement Specialist in the Office of Health Equity for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In this role, she provided training and consultation to staff and community partners about health equity and community engagement. Active in the Asian American Pacific Islander community, she also founded Asian Avenue Magazine and Asian Health Alliance of Colorado. Her accomplishments led to recently receiving the Denver Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award and the Rosa Parks Diversity Award.


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