Rancho Santa Fe Foundation welcomes new directors


The board of directors of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation recently announced the election of four new directors.

Paula Powers received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan. Following law school she lived in New York City, practicing law with Debevoise and Plimpton, specializing in trusts and estates and taxation (including work for private foundations and non-profits). For several years she was an associate professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law where she taught trusts and estates and estate planning.

While living in San Francisco she was a member of the board of directors of ODC (a San Francisco-based modern dance company and community arts organization). Powers was a director of Save the Children Fund NSW in Australia and was co-chair of Save the Children Fund Hong Kong and president of the Keswick Foundation, also in Hong Kong.

She is currently a member of the Old Globe Theater Board, the Advisory Board of ODC and a member of the Client Advisory Council of Bank of America’s US Trust Division. Locally, she is active in the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund, now serving her third year on the Grants Committee.

Powers and her husband Brian have one adult son.

Donna Walker attended the University of South Carolina where she received a B.S. degree in pharmacy. After graduation she went to Washington, D.C. to work with the American Pharmaceutical Association, the national professional society for pharmacists. After a few years, she returned to the University of South Carolina to earn her MBA concentrating in marketing. Upon graduation, she joined 3M Pharmaceuticals as a sales representative in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later in her career, she assumed the position of North American Marketing Director for the telecommunications division of 3M.

In 1997, Walker and her husband moved to San Francisco and decided to create a family foundation. Since then, her interest and activities have focused on their family foundation and philanthropy.

Most recently, Walker chaired The Bishop’s School Auction. In addition, Walker is chair of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund. Walker has also served as chair of the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center Board. In 2007, she was an honoree of the North County Philanthropy Council because of her work with the Community Center. Currently she is a member of the San Diego Grantmakers, and serves on the President’s Initiative Council at the University of South Carolina.

Walker and her husband Mark Pulido have one son.

Mark Holmlund graduated Magna Cum Laude from Willamette University with a BA. in economics. He earned his MBA in finance from the University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.

He is recently retired from Pacific Life Insurance Company where he was executive vice president and chief investment officer, Investment Management Division (9/05 – 12/10)and president, Pacific Select Fund and Pacific Life Funds (11/09 – 12/10) for a total of 17 years. His responsibilities included managing a $25 billion fixed income portfolio and $1 billion private equity portfolio for the Company’s General Account, with $4 billion to $6 billion in annual investable cash flow.

Holmlund and his wife Candise have two sons.

Glenn Oratz attended Lehigh University, College of Business and Economics, receiving a B.S. in finance, Cum Laude. He too received his MBA, finance/strategic planning from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Oratz has been with Merrill Lynch, Los Angeles/Rancho Santa Fe for the last 11 years, serving as managing director, Private Banking and Investment Group. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he spent seven years with Goldman Sachs in Los Angeles as vice president, Private Client Services.

Oratz serves as vice-chairman of the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation Board of Trustees, as a member of the Investments Committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego and is a member of the Lehigh Leadership Council. He is a past member of the boards of directors of the March of Dimes, Los Angeles Division, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank and the City of Hope.

Oratz and his wife Gabrielle are the parents of twin sons who attend R. Roger Rowe School.