Growing Your Mission:
Financial Options Beyond Grants



Shreya Shah Sasaki

Chief Operating Officer
Mission Driven Finance

Shreya is the Chief Operating Officer at Mission Driven Finance where she oversees day-to-day operations, talent management, business processes, and borrower services. Shreya was drawn to Mission Driven Finance because of her interest in building an inclusive economy through impact investing.  She has spent her career focused on the impact social conditions have on health, and has a unique combination of skills in grant-funded program implementation coupled with finance and operations




Diane Moss

Managing Director
Project New Village

Diane Moss is a waymaker and womanist with more than 30 years of experience managing small community-rooted nonprofit organizations in southeastern San Diego. As a board member and the Managing Director for Project New Village, she is responsible for oversight and management of programs, projects, organizational infrastructure. She is currently leading a collective effort focused on transforming the political and economic environment using neighborhood-based agricultural cooperatives as strategies of resistance to food insecurity.




Bethany Chaffin

Executive Director
Friends of Willow Tree


Bethany Chaffin has been working in the field of education for more than 19 years. She sees the need for parents to understand the importance of play and imagination in their child’s development. In 2006, she led an initiative to create a developmentally appropriate non-profit early childhood program called Rock Rose in North San Diego County. In 2015, she opened a program called Willow Tree that uses Waldorf and developmentally appropriate methods. She has been the director of this program since it inception and is excited to continue to watch the program grow.

Bethany completed her BA in Developmental Psychology and went on to earn a California Teaching Credential, a Masters in Educational Administration, and her Administrative Credential.



Ahmed Sahid

President & CEO
Somali Family Service of San Diego

Ahmed Sahid is the founder and President/CEO of Somali Family Service of San Diego (SFS). SFS is a community-based social service non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of refugees and immigrant families in San Diego County. Ahmed has cultivated and continues to strengthen partnerships and collaborations with local and national organizations such as ACCESS and NNAAC to serve and actively advocate for refugees and immigrants in the areas of health/wellness, refugee integration, economic development, youth leadership, and civic engagement. Ahmed also has received numerous awards including: the LEAD San Diego’s Community Spotlight Award, 10 News Leadership Award, Molina Healthcare Community Champions Award, the KPBS Local Hero of the Year Award, San Diego Business Journal Most Admired CEO Finalist, and Neighborhood First - Making it Happen Merit Award for youth empowerment and gang prevention. The White House has also recognized Ahmed for his dedication to the refugee community and for implementing best practices for community engagement.