Program Manager, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
As program manager, Pearl leverages relationships with the San Diego nonprofit sector to increase the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy’s (SIP) reach and build capacity of the nonprofit development workforce. She develops partnerships with nonprofit associations and experts to create free or low-cost workshops for San Diego philanthropy professionals. Pearl oversees the Fundraising Academy and builds relationships with local and national thought leaders to produce free monthly webinars. Lastly, Pearl works in partnership with SIP’s nationwide affiliate partners to ensure a strong national strategy and provide SIP’s invaluable resources to nonprofit professionals around the country.
Pearl was introduced to the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy when she participated in the program’s inaugural Fundraising Academy in 2015 while in her role as stewardship manager with The San Diego Foundation. Through her participation in the certificate program, Pearl developed numerous skills to increase her own development objectives. She was ultimately offered the role of charitable giving manager, where she would work with individuals, families, private foundations, and corporations to personalize their philanthropic impact through donor advised funds. Pearl served in these roles at The San Diego Foundation for five years.
Prior to joining The San Diego Foundation, Pearl served as Grants Associate at the Bainum Family Foundation in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, a private foundation that operates educational programs and projects assisting underserved youth from early childhood through post-secondary education. In this capacity, Pearl stewarded the founder’s charitable goals through academic grants and family-directed giving programs.
Pearl serves on the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) – San Diego Chapter Steering Committee.
Pearl earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in anthropology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is a certified TELF instructor and taught intensive English in Spain and Business English in Germany.
Pearl hails from the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In her free time, she renovates her home in Clairemont, goes on hikes with her dogs, husband, and daughter, and plays ultimate frisbee. She enjoys learning about new cultures and has traveled extensively to other countries and continents. She is enjoying raising a spirited toddler and introducing her to new perspectives, food, and cultures.