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Susie Tompkins Buell, Founder
Susie Tompkins Buell is the co-founder of Esprit de Corp, a global lifestyle company and founder of the Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation. She is often credited with introducing Northern California lifestyle to the world through Esprit’s products and groundbreaking marketing and progressive corporate culture. As a forward-thinking entrepreneur, Susie made a conscious effort to practice corporate, social and environmental responsibility. Through innovative in-house programs and provocative advertising campaigns, Esprit helped raise awareness, activism and philanthropy among employees and consumers.
Since selling Esprit in the 90s, Susie has devoted herself to philanthropy and political fundraising and activism. She is considered one of the top Democratic political fundraisers and has been actively engaging friends and acquaintances in political and philanthropic donorship for more than twenty years. A native San Franciscan, lifelong feminist and environmental activist, Susie continues to support climate solutions programs and create opportunities for women and girls as leaders and problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally.
Belinda Muñoz, Executive Director
Belinda Muñoz is the Executive Director of the Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation, a private foundation fostering the growth of women’s leadership locally, nationally and globally, and inspiring climate activism and education. Belinda first answered the call to advocacy for women and girls when she volunteered for a shelter for domestic abuse victims in the 90s, then joined Women’s Funding Network after leaving a private sector career. She currently runs the political fundraising and engagement operation of Susie Tompkins Buell & Mark Buell which, in last 10 years, has raised millions of dollars for various Democratic committees and candidates including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris.
Belinda has served on various committees for Human Rights Watch, Mother Jones, One Billion Rising and other non-profit organizations. She serves on the board of UltraViolet, a rapidly-growing online community of activists delivering results to expand women’s rights. When not organizing or fundraising, Belinda writes pithy little blog posts that occasionally go viral such as 50+ Ways to Say No and Fifty Simple Ways to Pay It Forward. Some of her articles have been featured in The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha and other lifestyle websites. She studied philosophy, theology and psychology at the University of San Francisco and lives in San Francisco with her husband PC and son Miguel.
Joey Castañeda, Grants Associate
A passionate philanthropic enthusiast, Joey has spent most of his career working for non-profit arts organizations including the San Francisco Opera, Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento and Sacramento Opera. He is dedicated to serving his community and currently serves on the Board of Mission Graduates, a nonprofit organization that increases the number of K-12 students in San Francisco’s Mission District who are prepared for and complete a college education. He is also a coach/mentor in Mission Graduates high school College Connect program. Joey is also part of the Latino Community Foundation San Francisco Men’s Giving Circle which works to inspire philanthropy by and for Latinos by increasing the philanthropic dollars awarded to Latino-based organizations in California. A native of southern California, Joey received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Communication from U.C. Davis. He lives in San Francisco and enjoys attending arts events, running, hiking, afternoons in the park with friends and volunteering.
The Foundation files federal tax returns annually, on Form 990-PF. These tax returns include financial data, including the fair market value of all assets, an analysis of revenue and expenses and a complete listing of grants paid. Annual tax returns will be posted after filing with the IRS. The Foundation does not produce annual reports.