About GGRA Staff

GGRA Staff

Gwyneth Borden, Executive Director

A lifelong lover of food being the granddaughter of farmers, Gwyneth joined the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) as the Executive Director in February 2014. Prior to the GGRA, Gwyneth spent 10 years at IBM as the Manager of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs for several states in the Western US, managing IBM's corporate citizenship, government relations and philanthropic activities focused on education, sustainability, workforce and economic development. Gwyneth is also a Director of the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency and Commissioner, San Francisco Parking Authority, after having served six years as a Planning Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco.

Prior to IBM, Gwyneth was the director of government relations for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, leading advocacy, economic development and public policy efforts at the local, state and federal levels. Before joining the Chamber, Gwyneth was a legislative aide to Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, when he was on the Board of Supervisors. Other positions she has held include project manager, GCA Strategies, Inc., project assistant, Rockefeller Brothers Fund's Project on World Security and staff assistant, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's office.

Gwyneth is involved in a number of civic and philanthropic organizations and has received numerous awards for her leadership, including being named as an Industry Leader by Professional Business Women of California in 2013, and making the San Francisco Business Times’ Forever Influential Woman in Bay Area Business since 2010, after having been named to the annual list two years before. While on the Board of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, she was named Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Francisco Bay Area (2006), for co-founding the Young Urbanists, an auxiliary engaging those 40 and under. She has also been recognized by the YMCA of San Francisco as the Volunteer of the Year for her service to the Bayview Hunter’s Point YMCA (2003 – 2004), a board she once chaired and served on for seven years. Gwyneth serves on the board of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, where she has co-chaired their annual gala for the last four years.

Gwyneth can be found dining around town or reached in the office at (415) 781-2459 or gwyneth@ggra.org.

Donnalyn Murphy, Associate Director

Donnalyn's career at the GGRA began in October, 2001. Her focus is foremost to serve the members and she has built and maintains many great and lasting relationships over the years within the industry and in the community. She works directly with the Executive Director and GGRA Board to fulfill the mission of the association. Her work at GGRA encompasses both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from representing GGRA on the Business Tax Advisory Group or Late Night Transportation Taskforce to overseeing internal operations. She partner’s with the ED and works collaboratively with staff to develop a strategic response to GGRA priorities and the needs of our members.

She directly oversees GGRA’s efforts to educate members which includes keeping members apprised of changes to local and state laws, overseeing the GGRA’s Food Safety Certification Program in partnership with the SF Dept of Public Health certifying over 300 restaurant workers a year in food safety, and working with GGRA Vendor Members to arrange presentations and trainings focusing on an area of specialty to the vendor that address a specific need in the industry. The GGRA Scholarship Foundation provides annual scholarships to students working their way up in the industry and Donnalyn takes the time to get to know the recipients each year and follow their progress.

Donnalyn has a passion for supporting students in culinary training programs and the work being done in the community to support worker training and extended learning. She sits on advisory boards for City College Culinary and Hospitality program, San Francisco State University Hospitality Management and SFUSD Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, to assist students with job shadow or internship opportunities. In the greater community she supports Old Skool Café by providing CA Food Handler Card exams to their student-workers, and she works cooperatively with Self Help for the Elderly to direct industry workers looking for additional training to the Worker Training Classes at CCSF’s new Chinatown North Beach Annex Campus.

She would never miss a Long Table Dinner hosted by the students in the Heat of the Kitchen class at Ida B. Wells High School or an opportunity to visit the Vista Room at SFSU. When she’s not working, she’s on her bike, shopping at farmers’ markets and planning what’s for dinner.

She can be reached at (415) 781-5350 or at donnalyn@ggra.org.

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