ABOUT US

OUR STORY

Founded in 2012, Mission Edge strives to provide the San Diego nonprofit community with the resources and knowledge needed to streamline business processes and further social change. Whether your organization is looking to outsource business activities, gain a better understanding of best practices, or connect with expertise in the community, Mission Edge represents solutions to the challenges nonprofits are facing.

MEET THE TEAM

  • Ken Davenport
    Ken Davenport Chief Executive Officer
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Ken applies his experience in the entrepreneurship and social venture space to his work setting and implementing strategy, and developing initiatives to grow Mission Edge’s reach in the community. Ken was a partner and board member at San Diego Social Venture Partners and President and co-founder of PerformanceG2, Inc. Ken has been the founder of several technology companies and currently serves as an Executive Advisor to GuideOn, is a partner at Mindgruve Ventures and is active in the San Diego start-up scene. Passionate about helping veterans and their families, Ken serves on the Board of the Travis Manion Foundation. In his spare time, Ken enjoys being a DIY carpenter and creating re-purposed furniture, which has been used to decorate the Mission Edge office.

Ken holds a B.A. from U.C. San Diego, a M.S. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a M.S. in International Management from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at U.C. San Diego.

  • Justin Apger
    Justin Apger Chief Operating Officer
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Justin is committed to creating solutions for clients which allow them to leverage internal and external assets of the organization, and mitigate risk, while being able to focus on their impactful work in the community. Prior to joining Mission Edge, Justin was the Director of Operations at the AjA Project and a small business operations consultant. In his spare time, Justin enjoys listening to Spanish books on tape during his travels to the desert.

Justin holds a B.A. in International Business from Baldwin Wallace University and a M.A. in Intercultural Consulting from Lesley University.

  • James Masias
    James Masias Director of Financial Services & Strategy / Client CFO
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James Masias, Mission Edge Client CFO, has a 20-year business career as a consultant, chief financial officer, director of finance and board member volunteer. He previously managed Blackpointe Tech, a boutique financial management and strategy consulting services agency focusing on financial planning, technology system implementation and business planning services.

Prior to that experience he was part of the executive management team with Santa Clara County’s Information Services Department serving as the Finance and Administrative Services Manager. While there he was solely responsible for the $55 million department budget that included all budgeting and accounting functions.

Before joining Santa Clara County, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada. As the CFO he directed the Business & Finance Office, including Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Payroll, Cash Management, Procurement/Purchasing, Financial Systems and Retirement Plans. He directed the $700 million financial plan, including all revenues, expenses and capital funding sources; including the direct oversight of thirty-eight funds, i.e. general, enterprise service, bond and special education.

Masias also served as the Chief Financial Officer at the San Diego Unified School District, where he managed the $2 billion financial plan, including $1.2 billion in revenues and expenses, and $800 million of capital. He directed the system-wide financial planning, financial analysis, forecasting, accounting review/audits, capital and expense budget development.

While the CFO at San Diego Unified, Mr. Masias was instrumental in securing financing for the district’s special financing of $38.84 million general obligation QSCB election of Series 2008B tax-credit bonds.

The District was awarded the 2009 “Far West Deal of the Year” award by Bond Buyer Magazine.

Mr. Masias is a member of the Broad Residency 2006 – 2008 Cohort Group, successfully completing a two-year intensive public education leadership program designed to prepare and place people with business, finance and consulting background into high level managerial positions in public school districts, CMO’s, and federal/state departments of education. As part of this program he was the Director of Finance for Denver Public Schools and the Deputy Chief Administrative Services Officer for San Diego Unified.

Early in his career he was the Director of Finance for Qwest Information Technologies (now Century Link) managing the $1 billion financial plan, month-end close, corporate and project budgeting, the Sarbanes-Oxley process and FP&A functions.

As a volunteer here in San Diego he is the Treasurer for the local chapter of US Lacrosse, the national governing body for lacrosse. He’s also served as the past President for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs San Diego Chapter.

James received his MBA and B.S. in Business Administration from Regis University. He also has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.

  • Alicia Quinn
    Alicia Quinn Director of Programs
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With 15 years of private and nonprofit experience, Alicia is passionate about leveraging the resources from both sectors to fuel social innovation. Prior to joining Mission Edge, Alicia was director of programs and development for Accion, a microfinance lender that provides access to capital for underserved entrepreneurs, and director of programs for San Diego Social Venture Partners, which helps philanthropists realize greater social impact through their collaborative investments of time and treasure in local nonprofits. At Mission Edge, Alicia has designed and implemented “Mission Match”, a corporate social responsibility program for Qualcomm that engages employees in skills-based volunteering in the nonprofit sector. Alicia holds a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a MS in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University. She serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Center of Peace and Commerce at USD and is the President of the Georgetown Club of San Diego.

  • Allison Anderson
    Allison Anderson Human Resources Business Partner
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Allison is our Human Resources Business Partner and brings with her over 15 years of Human Resources experience.  Most recently Allison was with Arena Pharmaceuticals as the Associate Director of HR.  She was intimately involved in workforce growth and her extensive experience in all facets of HR is a huge asset to Mission Edge and all of our clients.  Additionally, Allison holds a Masters degree in Health Law & Policy from a joint program between UCSD and California Western School of Law.  In her spare time she enjoys, cooking, traveling and just this season, has added lobster fishing to that list.

  • Corrie McCoy
    Corrie McCoy Director of Finance and Administration
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Corrie has more than 15 years of specialized experience managing, coordinating, and preparing financial reports.  She brings ten years of non-profit experience and proven experience in a management role, carrying out a wide variety of professional accounting tasks and monitoring day-to-day activities of staff.  She is also highly skilled in monitoring and resolving complex issues with systems, procedures, policies, and various issues in highly responsible circumstances.  Corrie is a strong strategic and critical thinker with 14 years in the Naval Reserves in various accounting roles and a high propensity for structure and training in the workplace. “Everyday I seek to learn, therefore, everyday I must seek to teach.”

  • Chloe Seipel
    Chloe Seipel Marketing and Communications Specialist
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Chloe Seipel is a Richmond, Virginia native with a background in Public Relations, Marketing and Communications. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication from James Madison University and a master’s degree in communication from North Carolina State University, which fueled her passion for many different aspects of the industry. After working in a public relations agency as well as in-house for a large corporation, she realized her passion for the non-profit sector. This led her to Mission Edge, where she is dedicated to spreading the word and reach of organizations with positive influential missions. Outside of the workplace, Chloe enjoys exploring San Diego, traveling, meeting new people and cooking.

  • Josh Burgner
    Josh Burgner Client Operations Manager
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Through various experiences volunteering in Nairobi, Kenya, Josh has long had a passion to work in the nonprofit industry while maintaining an entrepreneurial mindset. After working in the mortgage industry for a small stent of time in Orange County, the opportunity to move back to San Diego and contribute to the Operations team at Mission Edge seemed to be the perfect fit. Josh is passionate about collaborating alongside of others to find new solutions and reinvent old processes all while building deep relationships and caring for the individual. When not at work, Josh enjoys cooking, listening to music, traveling, and trying new restaurants/food.

Josh holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from Point Loma Nazarene University

  • Megan Jennings
    Megan Jennings Accounting Associate
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Megan was born and raised in sunny San Diego. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from San Diego State University, Megan served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with a local nonprofit organization that assists refugee youth. Her experience catalyzed her zeal for supporting the nonprofit sector. Besides numbers, Megan appreciates puns, second dessert, soccer, and a proper cuppa tea.

  • Marta Becerra
    Marta Becerra Client HR Specialist
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Marty comes to Mission Edge with an extensive background in independent consulting with clients on human capital, benefits administration, strategic planning, contract administration, financial management, ES&H and collective bargaining. Marty is passionate about solving organizational challenges, and she uses that passion to help our clients establish best practices and maintain legal compliance. She also serves as a member of the San Diego Chapter of ISPE and the San Diego SHRM Workforce Readiness Committee.

  • Terrance Skall
    Terrance Skall Client Controller
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Terry’s finance background spans from the east coast, where he originally served as the Director of Finance and Accounting at Park Community Church in Chicago, IL., managing all accounting functions of the multi-campus church. Before that, he worked as a Regional Financial Analyst at Whole Foods Market where he held multiple roles including preparing automated period end reports for a new accounting system. Terry is passionate about helping people achieve their vision, and he enjoys using his accounting skills to do that. When he is off the clock, Terry enjoys being an active member of his church and learning about nutrition.

Terry holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

  • Bob Plaisted
    Bob Plaisted CPA, Client Controller
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Bob is a CPA with over 30 years of accounting and finance experience with both large publicly traded companies and small single owner entities.  He enjoys working with management and providing the information necessary to strengthen the team’s decision-making and strategic focus. When not working, he enjoys being outside riding his mountain bike or hiking.

  • Christina McCaffrey
    Christina McCaffrey Clients Services Associate
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Originally from New England, Christina moved to San Diego in 2013. After working for 5 years in healthcare administration, she decided to switch careers and pursue accounting. She’s happy to have found a home at Mission Edge. While she’s not busy counting beans, Christina is a regular yogi, amateur chef, and frequent traveler.

Christina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University and is completing her Accounting Certificate through UCSD Extension.

  • Gandhali Sahasrabudhe
    Gandhali Sahasrabudhe Client Accountant
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Gandhali, our staff accountant, brings great experience to our team and is busy pursuing her MBA from Southern States University and helping our clients with their financials. Before joining Mission Edge, Gandhali worked for other nonprofits, so she is no stranger to our sector! Gandhali joined the Mission Edge team to help achieve our goal of supporting the nonprofit community in San Diego.
When she is not working, Gandhali likes to go hiking and explore the beautiful city of San Diego.
  • Vilda Espinoza
    Vilda Espinoza Client Accountant
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Before she joined our team, Vilda was an active member of San Diego State University’s Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, and she was also a store manager for Cold Stone Creamery. Vilda has a passion for giving back to the community and she uses that passion to ensure that our clients receive the support they need in managing their finances. When she’s not crunching numbers, Vilda  loves spending time in the water and she regularly volunteers as an animal caretaker and coast keeper.

Vilda holds a B.S. in Accounting from San Diego State University.

  • James Parthemer
    James Parthemer Client Accountant
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A post 9/11 United States Army veteran, James joined Mission Edge as a fellow of the Transition Edge program and stayed on full-time. As a former combat engineer, James uses his passion for numbers and attention to detail to ensure that our clients receive the support they need in managing their finances. When he’s not solving equations, James loves to play baseball with his friends and discover San Diego’s best restaurants.

James holds a B.S. in Accounting from San Diego State University.

  • Leah Johnson
    Leah Johnson 
Bookkeeper
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Leah Johnson, our staff accountant, has over 20 years of experience helping clients analyze and organize their finances and bookkeeping. Always a team player, Leah is willing to roll up her sleeves and do what needs to be done.

THE BOARD

Cami Mattson, Chairman – Director of Charitable Giving, The San Diego Foundation

 

Steve Hermes, CPA (Retired), Secretary – Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (Retired)

 

Nancy O’Leary, Treasurer – CFO, JK&B Capital

 

Molly Cartmill, Director – Corporate Responsibility, Sempra Energy

 

David Lynn, Director – The Price Group

 

Duane Trombly, Director – COO/Founder, Confidential Recovery

Our Generous Donors

Our ability to support the work of our clients and the social causes they represent would not be possible without the generous support we receive from our donors.

World Changers
Lynn Family Fund
Giles H. Bateman

Mobilizers
Robin Ritch

Vision Casters
Cami Mattson
Steve Hermes

CAREERS AT MISSION EDGE

Interested in positively impacting our community by working with the nonprofit community? We’d love to hear from you! Check out our current job listings.

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