23 Jan
  • By Diana Valdes-Contreras

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County Celebrates a Milestone with an All-Female Leadership Team during National Mentoring Month

SAN DIEGO, CA — In a groundbreaking development, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County is proud to announce a historic moment in its 63-year legacy. For the first time ever, the organization is led entirely by a team of dynamic women, heralding a new era of leadership and vision.

The esteemed Board Chair, Dawn Andrews, alongside the talented Board Co-Chair, Marisa Miller, are at the forefront of this exciting change. Complementing their efforts is Tina Rose, serving as the Chief Executive Officer. This remarkable group of female leaders reflects the organization’s strong emphasis on advancing women into leadership roles.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County has been a pillar in the community, fostering one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers, known as “Bigs,” and youth, affectionately referred to as “Littles.” This unique model has been instrumental in guiding and inspiring the youth of San Diego, helping them realize their full potential.

The appointment of an all-female Board Leadership team is not just a milestone for the organization but a significant step forward in promoting gender diversity and inclusion in leadership roles. This change reflects the organization’s dedication to being a role model for the youth it serves, demonstrating the unlimited possibilities that await them.

Ryan Waterman, outgoing Board Chair, shared, “I am confident that incoming Board Chair Dawn Andrews and Vice Chair Marissa Miller will continue the outstanding example of visionary and passionate female leadership demonstrated by CEO Tina Rose and former Board Chair Dana Alligood. Talented women like Dawn and Marissa will inspire our Littles, especially young girls, to reach for the stars and understand that no position is out of reach.”

This strategic shift in leadership not only signifies a commitment to excellence but also underscores the organization’s dedication to providing mentorship opportunities that transcend traditional boundaries. With January being National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County invites the community to join in this transformative journey, either by becoming a mentor or supporting various initiatives. As the organization steps into this new chapter, it remains steadfast in its mission of creating meaningful and lasting impacts on the lives of young people through mentoring.


About Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County

Founded in 1904 nationally and in 1961 locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters is the largest and most experienced youth mentoring organization in the United States. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence-based approach is designed to create positive youth outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and improved relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters has 230+ local agencies serving more than 5,000 communities across all 50 states. For more information, visit: www.SDBigs.org.

Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, volunteer, or donate today at www.SDBigs.org, or

call (858) 536-4900.

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