A native of San Diego, I served in several leadership roles on various community governing boards.  In 1996, California Assemblymember Susan Davis recognized me for my problem solving efforts, as 76th District Woman of the Year.  I created and developed a successful program which lead sixty devoted volunteers to educate their neighbors on code enforcement violations.  As the county-wide coordinator for a Foster Care Tutoring program, I trained tutors and parents in ways to help children be successful in school.  In the early 2000’s, I worked with San Diego’s Starlight Musical Theatre encouraging them to promote and extend their fund raising efforts. 

Shortly after, I began forming charitable non-profits for groups who were truly charitable in nature.   I established seven California charitable non-profits of various interests including: a private K-12 school, a community economic development corporation, a film foundation, an international program for United States citizen children on foreign soil, a wildlife refuge, a dip with the otters for physically and emotionally disadvantaged youth, and a youth theater company. 

Writing and securing grants for various nonprofits and guiding them through the process to extend their donor base provides fulfillment.  I serve as the executive producer of the San Diego Shakespeare Society’s Student Shakespeare Festival, bringing smiles to everyone’s face. 

Sandi Buehner