New member joins Del Mar Foundation board

By Jayne Haines

The Del Mar Foundation recently elected new board member Donna Shaw. Shaw has lived in Del Mar for almost 16 years, after being born and raised in Chicago, and living in Summit, New Jersey for two years.

Shaw brings with her an extensive background in life sciences, and has worked in the licensing and technology transfer department at UCSD for the past 10 years. Shaw not only holds a MS and Ph.D in microbiology/immunology, she earned a paralegal degree and is also a Certified Licensing Professional.

Outside of work, Shaw makes beaded jewelry, teaches Pilates and is also a Spinning and R.I.P.P.E.D. instructor. Shaw also has one son, David, who attended La Jolla Country Day School and now, at age 24, lives in Carpinteria, Calif.

A love for Del Mar is the primary reason why Shaw has stepped up to the plate as a DMF board member. As she says with a smile, “The unique small town atmosphere drew me to live in Del Mar. I found it to be a city that was alive with interesting people who were welcoming and outgoing; a city with just the right amount of foot, bicycle and car traffic, filled with residents willing to organize events and beautify Del Mar for the benefit of the entire community.

“And, of course,” says Shaw who loves to get lost in mystery novels at the beach, “I love the proximity to the ocean!” Shaw said she feels that the Del Mar Foundation is such a worthwhile organization because it supports a wide variety of programs and areas, which benefit the entire Del, Mar community, from children’s programs, senior programs, cultural arts programs, open spaces and beaches. Plus, the DMF promotes opportunities for residents to submit applications for grants to support new and useful community programs.

In addition to her involvement with the DMF, Shaw is an active member of the Del Mar CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and has completed the requirements for the California Disaster Corps. She has been a member of the Del Mar Foundation Cultural Arts Committee (CAC) as its secretary, and recently became chair of the CAC.

As the newest member of the DMF board, Shaw hopes to bring her enthusiasm and love of Del Mar to the ongoing and upcoming programs supported by the DMF.

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