Leichtag Foundation hires Sharyn Goodson as Director of Philanthropic Strategy



Encinitas, CA – April 14, 2016 – Leichtag Foundation is pleased to welcome seasoned philanthropy professional Sharyn Goodson as its Director of Philanthropic Strategy.
“Sharyn’s incredible ability to connect community members with opportunities to give back in the most customized and meaningful ways will significantly animate the region and beyond,” said Charlene Seidle, Leichtag Foundation Executive Vice President. “She will lead our efforts to help add to and inspire a culture of philanthropy and co-investment in North County San Diego and beyond.”
In April 2010, Sharyn was hired as the Leichtag Foundation’s first Program Officer. Beginning in 2012, Sharyn also began to manage the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego’s philanthropy programs and served as the lead contact for major family funds and foundations, helping them to achieve their charitable goals and engage the younger generation. Her most recent role at the Jewish Community Foundation was as its Vice President of Philanthropy. Sharyn also serves on the board of San Diego Grantmakers.
Previously, Sharyn was Director of Grants of Jewish Family Service of San Diego and Program Director of the Aspen Community Foundation in Aspen, CO. Sharyn also held professional positions at Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Pittsburgh. While in Pittsburgh, Sharyn received a top award for professional leadership and a demonstrated commitment to Jewish communal service. Sharyn earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Mills College and her master’s degree in career development from John F. Kennedy University.
In her role as Director of Philanthropic Strategy for Leichtag Foundation, Sharyn will be leading funder partnerships, developing giving opportunities for community members, overseeing a new giving circle initiative, managing a portfolio of grants, producing special educational programs and initiatives and looking at ways that Leichtag Foundation can increase its impact and leverage across funding areas.


The Leichtag Foundation honors the legacy of Lee and Toni Leichtag through igniting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life, advancing self-sufficiency and stimulating social entrepreneurship in coastal North San Diego County and Jerusalem.