Board of Trustees, Advisory Council, Family Advisory Council & Staff

The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona collaborates to achieve social, political and economic change that empowers women and girls. The only philanthropic foundation in Southern Arizona dedicated exclusively to empowering women and girls, our vision is: Women thrive. Our community prospers.


Since the Foundation’s inception, we have invested over $9 million to support hundreds of programs, serving thousands of women and girls in Southern Arizona. A comprehensive process of research and evaluation ensures that donations from the community are thoughtfully directed to programs that can demonstrate long-lasting impact.

The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s success is driven by the tireless efforts of many people including volunteers, donors, grant recipients, and the community at large. These efforts are guided through the work and dedication of our Board of Trustees and our staff. Trustees serve three-year terms with the option of serving two consecutive terms.

WFSA is currently recruiting new board members! If you are an advocate for women’s equity with an interest in sharing your time and talents, please consider submitting an application today!

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Amalia Luxardo

Chief Executive Officer

Emma Fryer

Chief Strategy Officer

Rebecca Wicker

Chief Financial Officer

Katharine Len Yee Mitchell

Vice President of Community Impact

Jill Bishop

Vice President of Philanthropy

Desirée Maultsby, MTP

Director of Program Engagement

Ashley James

Director of Communications

Katia Jones

Director of Donor Experience

Gauri Gladish

Director of Advocacy

Laci Lester

Women and Girls of Color Fund Grant Manager

Emily Wilson

Pathways Program Manager

Katy Shaw

Executive and Board Coordinator

Lori Hunt

Development Coordinator