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The San Diego Foundation names local residents to Board of Governors

The San Diego Foundation recently announced that Del Mar resident Mel Katz and Rancho Santa Fe resident Cliff Schireson have joined the Board of Governors, both starting two-year terms that began Dec. 13, 2017. Katz is co-founder and executive officer for Manpower Staffing Services of San Diego with more than 40 years of business management and community engagement experience. Schireson is a retired financial professional with 40 years of combined investment banking and investment management experience.

Mel Katz
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“We are honored to have these two industry leaders join The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors,” shared Kathlyn Mead, president & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “Mel Katz and Cliff Schireson bring a wealth of expertise and guidance to The San Diego Foundation and will help us grow our positive impact in the community through increased charitable giving.”

Katz also serves as a board member of the UC San Diego Foundation, the San Diego Rotary Foundation, e3 Civic High and inewsource. He previously served as board chair of the San Diego Public Library Foundation, San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Convention Center, American Cancer Society and the San Diego Library Commission.

Cliff Schireson
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Schireson has served as board chair for the La Jolla Music Society and has been a member of the board of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. He also works as an alumni relations and fundraising volunteer for Stanford University, where he has earned multiple recognitions for his service, including the Governor’s Award.

The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors is composed of 24 volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds who are involved in many community and charitable activities. The board oversees the Foundation by establishing policy and strategy, setting priorities, and making final decisions to approve grants.


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