New Board Members Join The Community Foundation Jan 2019

For Immediate Release January 16, 2019

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County Announces New Leadership

Kathy Tompkins and Suzanne Fritz Bring Knowledge and Expertise to The Community Foundation

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County recently welcomed Kathy Thompkins and Suzanne Fritz to serve on the Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of leaders from a variety of backgrounds as well as geographic locations across San Luis Obispo County. Beginning this month, the two new board members joined the group of insightful members to assist in guiding ongoing efforts.

Kathy Tompkins has extensive experience in working with nonprofits. She has served on several boards in our community, including the Community Counseling Center, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and Stand Strong. Kathy and her husband Nick originally owned a produce packing company in Santa Maria and now focus on real estate development with their company, NKT Enterprises. The Tompkins have four children, live in Arroyo Grande and are very active in their community.

Suzanne Fritz has been a member of The Foundation family for many years, most notably as the Chair of the Growing Together Initiative (GTI) Fund Advisory Committee from 2006 until 2017. She is also a Legacy Leader with the Women’s Legacy Fund (as is Kathy Tompkins). She has always been a strong advocate for diversity issues. Suzanne is a retired Associate Director of Residential Life and Education through University Housing at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and lives in Atascadero.

“We feel so fortunate to grow our Community Foundation family with these two wonderful women,” said Heidi McPherson, CEO of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. “With Kathy and Suzanne’s voices on our board, we look forward to better serving the wide breadth of needs in SLO County and beyond.”

For more information about The Community Foundation, please visit or call 805- 543-2323.

### About The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County: The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County is a grantmaking and education foundation supporting charitable work across our county. Since 1998, The Community Foundation has supported our county with grants and scholarships totaling almost $35 million. The Foundation’s charitable assets under management have grown to nearly $60 million and provide support to all aspects of our community in perpetuity. For more information or to donate to any fund or establish a new fund, visit or call 805-543-2323.