Make-A-Wish® San Diego Appoints New Chief Financial & Operating Officer


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Danielle Lopez joins Make-A-Wish San Diego as the new Chief Financial & Operating Officer. Danielle brings over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance to the organization, including 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.  Most recently, Danielle was the Chief Financial Officer for the San Diego LGBT Community Center, where she oversaw all aspects of accounting and finance, and helped the organization nearly double in size.  Danielle has a long history of volunteer work, serving on various planning and advisory committees, and earned the M. Corinne Mackey Volunteer of the Year award in 2007.  Currently, Danielle serves as Treasurer of the Board at The Child’s Primary School and continues her commitment to volunteer work as a way to give back to the community. Danielle earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Financial Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy.

“We are committed to reaching every eligible child in our region with the transformational power of a wish, and are on pace to grant more wishes this year than ever before in our chapter’s history,” shares Chris Sichel, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish San Diego. “Danielle brings a tremendous amount of experience to our organization and we are thrilled to have her join our team at such a pivotal time of growth.”

About Make-A-Wish® San Diego
Make-A-Wish San Diego creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Since its inception in 1983, the San Diego chapter has granted more than 4,500 wishes to children in our community.  At Make-A-Wish, the goal is simple: provide children and their families with a life-affirming experience in the midst of a very challenging time. We serve children from all areas of both San Diego and Imperial Counties and our demographics span every socio-economic and ethnic demographic. No eligible child is ever turned away, and a family’s financial status, race, or religion has no bearing on whether or not a child will receive a wish. For more information about Make-A-Wish San Diego, visit us online at or call us at (858) 707-9474.

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Esteban Villanueva