Santa Monica Announces the Inaugural Members of the New We Are Santa Monica Fund Advisory Board

June 24, 2021 5:37 PM

Today, the City of Santa Monica announced the appointments for the newly formed We Are Santa Monica Fund Board. The seven-member advisory board focused on the We Are Santa Monica Fund, a donor advised fund (DAF) managed by California Community Foundation (CCF). The City Manager appointed members include:

Jessica Aronoff, Chief Operating Officer, Cayton Children’s Museum, Santa Monica resident 

Stacey Capoot, Major Gifts Fundraiser, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Santa Monica resident

Nancy Coleman, Social Services Commissioner, retired foundation and nonprofit program manager, Santa Monica resident

Ken Grouf, Entrepreneur, CEO of Swoop, Santa Monica resident and business owner 

Jason Lin, Entertainment and Finance, Story Arch Pictures, Santa Monica resident and business owner 

Ben Preston, Environmental Scientist and Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation

Rhoda Weiss, PhD., National Health Care Leader and Consultant, Rhoda Weiss, Inc., Santa Monica resident 

“Santa Monica is a fortunate City to have so many devoted and highly experienced residents that care deeply about our community and want to be involved. Even as the state reopens, full recovery from the impacts of the pandemic linger and there are real needs in our community that require funding support to survive,” said Interim City Manager Lane Dilg.  “We are eager to work with the advisory board to lay strong foundation for the fund. Santa Monica’s future is bright, and Public Private Partnerships is one of the paths towards recovery and ensuring our community can expand support to non-profits that deliver essential services to our community.”

The We Are Santa Monica Fund was established at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a pathway for the community to donate emergency goods, services, and monetary funds to aid recovery efforts. Consistent with City Council direction, CCF awards donations to eligible non-profits and emergency City services support in four areas, including: 

Between November 1 and December 31, 2020, community members contributed $1,153,145 to the We Are Santa Monica Fund. This impressive coming together of our community to support neighbors in need demonstrates the viability of the We Are Santa Monica Fund as a long-term tool to support the desire of community members to give back locally.  

The seven-member We Are Santa Monica Fund Advisory Board will advise the City Manager and conduct the following duties:

For more information or to donate to the We Are Santa Monica Fund, visit  


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