2019-2020 Board of Directors

 

The Board of Directors of Spinsters of San Francisco acts as the executive leadership team, overseeing all events, activities, and interactions of the organization between our chosen non-profit partner and the San Francisco community. Please join the Board of Directors in our excitement as we celebrate Spinsters of San Francisco’s 90th year!

 

 
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PRESIDENT

Roxie Bostwick

Roxie is incredibly honored to serve as the 90th President of Spinsters of San Francisco (SOSF). This is her fourth year in SOSF, and in this role she will be overseeing both the Board of Directors and the wider organization. In the past, Roxie co-chaired Annual Ball and was an involved member of the Charity Outreach and Membership Selection Committees. 

Last year, Roxie had the privilege of being Vice President. This experience taught her invaluable lessons about not only how to run an organization of this scale and caliber, but also the power that each member holds to make a difference in our community.

Outside of Spinsters, Roxie is the Senior PR & Communications Lead at Skillz, where she has built the leading startup’s public relations department from the ground up over the past four years. A recipient of the 2019 American Business Award for Communications Professional of the Year and the 2018 PRWeek U.S. Champions of PR Award, Roxie has also helped secure Skillz acclaim including the #1 ranking on the Inc. 5000 as the fastest-growing private company in America. She is excited to contribute both her management experience and her passion for events, branding, and effective communication to SOSF as President.

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Roxie came to call San Francisco home after graduating with a B.A. in Media Studies and a minor in Spanish from UC Berkeley. Outside of Spinsters, she is also a member of San Francisco Ballet’s ENCORE! young professionals group and volunteers as the Recruitment Advisor for the UC Berkeley chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta.

Roxie is proud of the positive impact Spinsters have had on the Bay Area community over the past 90 years, and knows how each SOSF annual contribution (in terms of both volunteer hours and funds raised) makes an important difference. Spinsters has also become a home for women of all backgrounds to find everything from their voices and passions to their future jobs and roommates.

Roxie is honored to be surrounded by this group of smart, talented women and looks forward to giving back to all of them this year by executing activities that are enjoyable for the membership, impactful for the SOSF nonprofit partner (La Cocina), and beneficial for the organization’s brand recognition in the local community.

This year, a core focus for Roxie will be continuing the Spinsters legacy of collective success while also effectively using the organization’s resources to help members find what they were looking for upon joining – and stay connected to Spinsters for many years to come, whether as an active member or alumnae. 

Roxie can’t wait to lead this wonderful organization in its 90th year. She believes that together we can be far greater than the sum of our parts, but also that every individual fundamentally matters. This principle will guide her efforts all year.

The Spinsters of San Francisco are the manifestation of a vision established by other trailblazing women back in 1929. Roxie is excited to make the SOSF founders proud by setting the tone for the next decade leading up to the organization’s centennial anniversary.

 
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Vice President

Julia Thompson

Julia Thompson is proud to serve as Vice President of Spinsters during the organization’s 90th year. As Vice President, she is responsible for overseeing all Spinsters events. 

This is Julia’s fourth year as a Spinster and she previously served the organization as a co-chair for Holiday Ball and a committee member for both Holiday Ball and Annual Ball. 

Initially from Bend, Oregon, Julia attended the University of Oregon where she earned her B.A. in journalism and French. She currently manages corporate communication and reputation at Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors. She currently manages corporate communication and reputation at Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors. As a member of a small, fast-paced team, she is responsible for handling external communications for all areas of the company, including corporate, product, community, government affairs and the various lines of business. Outside of Spinsters, Julia loves to travel, hike, play tennis, golf and cycle in Marin.  

Julia loves being part of Spinsters and values the community of bright, young women who are committed to community service. She is excited to contribute to elevating the organization’s events and ensuring that Spinsters has the greatest possible impact on its members and our nonprofit partner, La Cocina, in the organization’s 90th year. 

 
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Communications Director

Claire Callahan

Claire is delighted to serve as Communications Director for the Spinsters of San Francisco (SOSF) for a second year. In this role, Claire leads SOSF’s internal and external communications. In her first year on the Board, Claire oversaw a fresh rebranding project to represent who Spinsters are today and crafted the organization’s first coordinated messaging campaign. Prior to joining the Board, she co-chaired the Professional Development Committee and served on the Signature Events Committee. This is her fourth year in Spinsters.

 Outside of SOSF, Claire is passionate about using communications to improve her Bay Area community. She is the Director of Communications of the Stupski Foundation, a local spend down foundation committed to investing all of its assets in the next 10 years to address some of the Bay Area’s and Hawai’i’s biggest challenges so one day everyone can benefit from the wealth of opportunities and resources in these places the Foundation calls home.  At the Foundation, Claire is responsible for crafting communications strategies for the organization and each of its program areas. Claire attended American University and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Law and Society and a Certificate of French Translation.

Claire is fluent in French and enjoys yoga, ballet, politics and volunteering with La Cocina to work with inspiring female food entrepreneurs as they build their food businesses in the Bay Area. 

Claire is proud to be a member of the empowering and impactful Spinsters sisterhood. For our 90th year, Claire looks forward to sharing more about Spinsters’ history and continue to highlight the work of our remarkable nonprofit partner, La Cocina.

 
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Treasurer

Caroline Cook

Caroline is excited to join Spinsters of San Francisco’s (SOSF) board of directors for the organization’s 90th year! As Treasurer, Caroline sets budgets for SOSF’s tentpole events and manages the organization’s finances. Previously, Caroline served on the Holiday Ball Committee and most recently co-chaired last year’s Kickball Committee. She looks forward to maximizing the reach of Spinsters’ fundraising efforts through strategic spending and exciting internal programming.

Caroline grew up in Orinda, CA where she played basketball, lacrosse, and swam competitively. Her love of philanthropy and volunteering began when she was a member of the National Charity League (NCL) where she volunteered with multiple nonprofits in the Bay Area. Caroline attended University of Puget Sound where she studied Political Science, played NCAA Division III Lacrosse for four years, and was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Because she loved giving back to the organizations that gave her so much, she served as Captain of the Lacrosse Team for two years, Secretary on her sorority’s Executive Council and served on the university’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Caroline was a two-year NCAA All-Northwest Conference 1st Team Pick, NCAA All-Northwest Conference Sportsmanship Team Pick and received the University of Puget Sound’s John Heinrick Award for ‘Most Inspirational Athlete’.

Today Caroline works in sports sponsorship, consulting SAP on activating their brand through partnerships with the NBA, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Sharks, and the Golden State Warriors. Throughout her career, she has executed 20 brand activations on behalf of Top 10 brands. In her spare time, Caroline loves running, basketball, country music, and exploring the best food and drinks the Bay Area has to offer.

 
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Membership Recruitment Director

Sarah Gilson

Sarah is thrilled to be the Membership Recruiting Director for Spinsters of San Francisco’s 90th year. This is her fourth year in Spinsters. Before joining the board, Sarah served on the Professional Development and Annual Ball committees, and most recently co-chaired the Kicks for a Cause committee to raise funds for La Cocina.

By day, Sarah is the Legal Coordinator at Pac-12, where she uses her passion for sports to support the legal department. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a double major in Communication Studies and Spanish and plans to go to law school in the near future.

Outside of Spinsters, Sarah is an avid sports fan and can often be found cheering on her Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum.

Sarah is looking forward to welcoming new women to Spinsters and allowing them to experience all of the great things the organization has to offer. She has met forever friends through Spinsters and is excited for potential new members to do the same!

 
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Philanthropy Director

Lauren Clark

Lauren is delighted to serve as Philanthropy Director for the Spinsters of San Francisco’s (SOSF) 90th year. In this role she is a liaison between SOSF and philanthropic organizations throughout the Bay Area, including SOSF’s non-profit partner, La Cocina. She previously served as volunteer outreach co-chair. 

When she is not volunteering with Spinsters, Lauren is Product Manager for Google Search where she leads a team working on content ecosystems. She attended MIT where she earned a B.S in Computer Science and Management Science.  

In her free time, Lauren is an alum of YCore’s social impact fellowship and enjoys volunteering in our community, as well as ballet and hula dancing, cooking, and spending time by the ocean. 

Lauren is excited to continue to grow SOSF’s philanthropic partnerships and mobilize the organization to have a positive impact on the Bay Area community!

 
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Membership Experience Director

Christina Dodson

Christina is thrilled to serve as Spinsters of San Francisco’s (SOSF) Membership Experience Director for the 2019-2020 year and celebrate the organization’s 90th year! In this role, Christina oversees all aspects of the membership experience and ensures all members feel connected to and engaged with the organization. Prior to becoming Membership Experience Director, Christina served as a Community Events and Happy Hour co-chair and worked on the Legacy Benefit committee. This is her fourth year in Spinsters.

 Outside of Spinsters, Christina works as a Senior Administrative Coordinator at Airbnb supporting the Head of Product and Head of Engineering for Airbnb Plus. Prior to Airbnb, Christina worked at the Boston Consulting Group on the Business Services Team. She attended Loyola Marymount University where she studied Psychology. She was also a member of the Xi Omicron chapter of the Delta Zeta Sorority. 

 Christina is a Bay Area native and was born and raised in the Lafayette Hills. She is an avid traveler and also enjoys scuba diving, camping, and backpacking. 

Christina is excited to bring her energy and positivity to the organization and aims to ensure everyone that is part of Spinsters has the best experience possible.

 

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