San Francisco Bay Area Committee

In response to our first TALK event in San Francisco in 2015, a group of volunteer supporters with a strong affinity for Joyful Heart’s mission and vision gathered to launch the San Francisco Bay Area Committee. This committee plays a key role in expanding our innovative programs, coalition building and partnerships throughout California.

Current San Francisco Bay Area Committee Members:

Beth Armstrong, Co-Chair
Gerri Grossman
Elizabeth Cooper, Co-ChairIngrid Jacobson
Jessica AmbroseLisa Katz
Anthony ArmstrongAmy McNamara
Stacey BaenenAndrea McTamaney
Suzanne BroggerAmanda Peiffer
Susan DunlevyMaggie Sedar
Sean Elder Amanda Stephens 
Colleen Fatooh 


In California and the San Francisco Bay Area, over the last ten years, we have:

  • Invested $5 million in our innovative programs and partnerships throughout California;
  • Directly assisted over 5,500 survivors and the professionals who serve them through our Healing work;
  • Conducted research by independent evaluators and a team from the UCLA School of Public Health and found that our retreat programs were life-changing and transformative;
  • Collaborated with leading national agencies and Georgetown University to create a replicable, trauma-informed treatment model;
  • Produced the groundbreaking NO MORE PSA campaign, featuring celebrities, athletes, executives, advocates and public officials proclaiming our commitment to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

We invite you to read about all of Joyful Heart's recent accomplishments in California and across the country in our annual Accomplishments Report here.

"We are so excited to bring the message of Joyful Heart to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Together with the extraordinary staff of Joyful Heart and its fearless leaders, we take on with joy the work of an incredible organization built on love and faith in the human spirit. We have only just begun this journey with Mariska and Maile and look forward to every step of the way.  We are committed to making a difference here in the Bay Area."  - Elizabeth Cooper and Beth Armstrong