NORTH COUNTY — Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) Executive Director Sharon Omahen will retire at the end of March after 13 years leadership at the Foundation. The board has selected Lane Macy Kiefaber as the new executive director.
Omahen joined the Foundation in a part-time role when annual grantmaking was approximately $100,000. During her tenure, the Foundation received National Standards certification, increased charitable funds, grew assets and significantly expanded grantmaking. Since 2011, the foundation has granted more than $6.6 million to nonprofit organizations. In 2020 CCF joined with two other foundations to pool resources and support urgent community needs as a result of the pandemic.
Today, the Foundation grants over more than $1.1 million annually to a wide variety of nonprofits in the community. “Over the years, I have been delighted to work with residents who want to make a difference in the community. Their philanthropy allowed the Foundation to expand its reach and support so many worthwhile programs, particularly in North County,” said Sharon. “It has been an honor to work with CCF’s great board and staff to serve the community.” In her retirement she plans to take many road trips with her husband Jim.
Lane grew up in North County San Diego and is a current resident with her husband and two children in Encinitas. With more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, her experience is in working with others to leverage resources, organizations, businesses and people to strategically plan and implement funding and programs to solve problems and improve the lives of others and the community in which we live. She will work closely with Sharon and the Foundation leadership team over the next two months.
The president of the Board at Coastal Community Foundation, Pete Iverson said, “We say farewell to Sharon with gratitude for the exemplary work she did helping to grow the foundation’s ability to serve the surrounding communities. And we welcome Lane to the Coastal Community Foundation team as our new executive director. She brings a wealth of philanthropic experience that will help the Foundation achieve higher levels of charitable outreach.”
The mission of Coastal Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in North San Diego County by directing philanthropic resources toward community needs. coastalfoundation.org