A.J. Frank is new board chair for San Diego Women’s Foundation
A.J. Frank will take on the role of president of the San Diego Women’s Foundation for the upcoming year. A financial planner for more than 20 years, Frank joined the Foundation in 2004.
She has served on the local board of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors and has been involved with the SDWF Grants Committee and Finance Committee since 2004. She holds a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Duke University, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and is a graduate of the College for Financial Planning.
Founded in 2000, the San Diego Women’s Foundation has grown to an organization of more than 200 members dedicated to pooling their resources and enhancing the community through grant making. As of June 1, 2013, more than $2.5 million has been awarded to 67 nonprofit programs for their efforts to initiate or improve existing programs. Each grant, $25,000 or greater, targets one of four focus areas: health and human services, education, arts and culture, and the environment. www.sdwomensfoundation.org
What brought you to La Jolla?
A divorce from my husband of 13 years. We lived in Cincinnati, but after the divorce, it was time to move on in many ways. My parents had moved to San Diego in 1977, so I followed them here in 1987.
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
It’s a double-edged sword, but easier access to the Village of La Jolla. How about hang-glider stations at several inland locations? It might work for the brave, at least!
Who or what inspires you?
Dedication to a cause or concept that benefits the community.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
I would invite Frank Lloyd Wright to design the dining room and surroundings, Stephen Sondheim to set the evening to words and music, Claude Monet to memorialize the gathering in a painting, Stephen Hawking to make us think, Deepak Chopra to remind us to stay in the moment, Will Shortz to keep us all guessing, Terri Gross to help us ask each other good questions, and Judith Viorst to write about it afterwards.
What are you currently reading?
I recently finished the first two books in Ken Follett’s trilogy: “Fall of Giants” and “World Without End.” I am looking forward to reading the third book when it comes out in 2014. I’m also reading Daniel Kahnemann’s “Thinking Fast and Slow.”
What is it that you most dislike?
Pessimism and negativity.
What is your most-prized possession?
Memories — the happy ones and the sad ones, too.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy eReading, going to the theater, especially Broadway musicals – and knitting baby blankets for Project Linus. I also danced in a flash mob — the one with the San Diego Women’s Foundation a couple of years ago was a blast!
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
What would be your dream vacation?
A week in Maui or Kauai for me and my honey of 20-plus years. He’s an avid golfer, and I like to snorkel. We would compare notes at the end of the day while watching the sun set. Perfect! Our beaches are beautiful, but I do love the color and warmth of the water in Hawaii.
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