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Karon Wright

President & Founder

Karon Wright is the President and Executive Director of The Greater Contribution. She is a passionate advocate for the poor and is a frequent speaker about the fight against poverty. She feels a deep compassion for all the poor around the world and knows that poverty can be eradicated in our lifetime if we all work together. She recently received the Vibrant Giver Award for women who are changing the world in the ways they give back. In addition, she is an Executive Coach and Organizational Effectiveness consultant. Her corporate work focuses on helping individuals create more effective working relationships and she is recognized for her expertise in Emotional Intelligence. She lives in California with her husband and their three cats.

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Pellie Anderson

Board Member

Pellie Anderson has been a Board Member since 2009.  She leads  Digital Communications and Social Media for The Greater Contribution.   The Greater Contribution has afforded her the opportunity to raise awareness about the extent of world poverty, its effects on women and children, and the positive impact micro loans can have upon women and their families in developing countries. In 2013, she traveled to Uganda and observed first-hand the power of micro loans to positively impact the lives of impoverished women and their families.  She is a former prosecutor and pastry chef.  She has always been interested in using her skills to ensure that women were able to fulfill their highest potential.  She lives in Oak Park with her husband and two children.

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Page Patten

Board Member

Page Patten is delighted to serve on the board of directors for TGC.  She first met Executive Director Karon Wright when they lobbied congress together on Capital Hill.  Her shared passion for advocating for women, especially those who often have an under-represented voice, led her to join The Greater Contribution in 2011.  She has since expanded the organization by creating The Beach Cities Chapter, branching out to various networks along the Westside, from Brentwood/Santa Monica down to Hermosa Beach.  With over a decade of experience in Market Research and Consulting, Page’s passion for learning about what makes people tick has provided a rich backdrop for her view toward life.  She majored in Psychology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, with an emphasis in Human Relations.  Page is so thankful for this opportunity to connect with women across the world in a meaningful way.

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Aileen Osborne

Board Member

Aileen Osborn is excited to join the TGC board and brings a passion for empowering women to grow beyond their circumstances so they can build better lives for themselves and their families. Aileen has an MBA with an emphasis in finance and is the Director of Finance Operations for Deckers Outdoor Corporation. An avid rower, Aileen lives in Ventura, California, with her husband David. They both enjoy the outdoors, especially the nearby beaches and lakes.

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Elaine Himelfarb

Board Member

Over the past 20 years, Elaine has held local and international public health and education positions in resource development, grantwriting and programmatic management for positions of increasing leadership and responsibility to enhance quality-of-life and well being among vulnerable populations. As a member of The Greater Contribution Board of Directors, Elaine primarily focuses on grantwriting.  She is also a senior program officer/grantmaker for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a national nonprofit organization focused on combating hunger.  Previously, Elaine worked for Joseph Hospital of Orange and raised over two million dollars annually to support health education, health access and community development programs in Orange County. As the executive director for Project Concern International in Romania, Elaine was responsible for resource development activities, and all financial, programmatic and administrative activities. Elaine’s past experiences facilitating several community coalitions have enhanced her ability to lead people from diverse backgrounds in creating innovative community solutions to complex social service and health problems. Elaine holds a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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Stuti Dhandhania

Board Member

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