Melissa Morazan, Senior Program Officer and Team Lead
415.561.6540 ext. 244
Melissa joined PFS in 2017 as a Program Officer for the Bella Vista, Bothin, Gamble, and Morris Stulsaft Foundations. Prior to her work at PFS, Melissa was Director of Learning and Impact at Humanity United, a philanthropic foundation working in peacebuilding and anti-trafficking initiatives internationally. During her time at Humanity United, she implemented organizational learning practices to improve grantmaking strategy and impact, oversaw evaluation efforts and supported the programs team in strategy development and execution.
In addition to her foundation work, Melissa has worked extensively with nonprofits in the Bay Area and abroad. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras where she worked in municipal and community development. Locally, she worked with the Homeless Prenatal Program in launching a pilot program to bring services and benefits to low-income families. Melissa also served as Director of Operations of Brown Girl Surf, an Oakland based nonprofit, leading their fundraising and strategic efforts. Melissa currently serves on the board of the Petaluma Community Foundation and on the advisory board of Brown Girl Surf.
Melissa has a BA in International Relations and a minor in Economics from Boston University and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Sonoma County and enjoys surfing, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.
Shawna Hamilton, Senior Program Officer
415.561.6540 ext. 231
Shawna previously worked at Silicon Valley Community Foundation as a Development Associate and Corporate Giving Counselor at Cisco Systems, Inc. While at Cisco, Shawna advised world-wide employees and grant seekers on opportunities for charitable engagement within Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, and managed the global Habitat for Humanity grant program. Prior to joining the community foundation, Shawna worked in financial services and led strategy and operations for Seeds of Africa Foundation. It was the combination of simultaneously working at a hedge fund and co-starting Seeds of Africa that ignited her interest in the alignment of corporate, public, and family funding to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
Shawna received her masters in Nonprofit Management from Milano – The New School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy in New York City. Shawna enjoys traveling to less traveled parts of the world, dancing, tennis and virtually all dog related YouTube videos.
Julia Damon, Grants Manager
415.561.6540 ext. 250
Julia came to PFS in April 2018. She is motivated by the meaningful work of nonprofit grantees and strives to create a smooth grants process for her foundation clients and grantees alike. With a goal of always communicating clearly with empathy and understanding.
Prior to her work at PFS, Julia worked in development for an education non-profit, Playworks, where she supported fundraising, marketing, grant writing and event planning efforts. She has also worked in marketing communications for a growing technology startup in Washington DC.
Julia graduated from Indiana University with a BA in non-profit management. Originally from the Midwest, she enjoys finding new hiking and running spots across Northern California, spoiling her dog, Frank, and attempting to bake macarons.
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