About GGRA Staff

GGRA Staff

Gwyneth Borden, Executive Director

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.

She can be reached at (415) 781-2459 or gwyneth@ggra.org.


Donnalyn Murphy, Associate Director

Donnalyn's career at the GGRA began in October, 2001. Her leadership skills and decision making allow the staff to coordinate multiple projects on a daily and annual basis. She focuses on service to members and has established many relationships within the industry and community.

Her direct responsibilities include managing all aspects of educational programs, the Education Committee, and the Scholarship Foundation. She creates and manages educational seminars and the Food Safety Certification program and directs the scholarship application process, recently adding on-line application to increase the number of qualified students applying for awards. Donnalyn manages association efforts in events such as the SFChefsFoodWine and Annual Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament. She works directly with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to execute association goals and activities and is responsible for coordinating and supervising staff efforts in all association projects, managing daily operations, event budgets, and maintaining association and scholarship foundation financial records.

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


Lynn Van Winkle, Membership Manager

Lynn joined the GGRA staff in January of 2012. Her most recent position was Senior Program Manager for Pendergast Consulting Group, serving as the Outreach and Strategic Communication Director of the Doyle Drive Replacement Project.

Prior to PCG, Lynn was the Director of Events for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce where she developed content, planned production and contributed to fundraising for annual Chamber events: CityBeat Luncheon, CityTrip, CitySummit and the high-profile Excellence in Business Awards (The Ebbies). She established strong relationships with the board of directors; collaborations included annual financial commitments, event sponsorships and committee participation. As the Director of Business Development for proVISION Resources, Inc., Lynn identified new marketing opportunities, created proposals and facilitated capabilities presentations. She developed the sales/marketing strategy for revised company services, marketing collateral and website. In addition, she created guest speaker and industry-related publication opportunities for company owner. Account management included ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers), an annual four-day event with 9,000 attendees and 300 volunteers.

As Corporate Events Manager for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Lynn elevated SFMOMA's position to the Number 1 corporate events revenue-generating museum in the United States. She managed an average of 170 events a year for clients including Merrill Lynch, Pixar, Sun Microsystems and Janssen Pharmaceutica. She established partnerships within museum departments to create corporate sponsorship opportunities and ensured compliance with contractual requirements by negotiating and creating museum event policies.

She can be reached at (415) 781-5349 or at lynn@ggra.org.


Heather Hudgeon, Web Developer

Heather was welcomed in by the GGRA in March of 2005. She has an extensive computer background to match her experience as an employee in several restaurants. Coining herself the “office geek”, she takes the lead role in maintaining and designing the Association’s website, SF Chefs: Food | Wine | Spirits website, managing the GGRA’s databases, and ensures that the office computers remain civil. She is the go-to person for our member email blast benefit and also creates the GGRA newsletters and SF Chefs email announcements. She aides in managing the office and can be found doing odd jobs at every GGRA event. She continues to be the point person for all web related business and can always be found behind a computer monitor some where in the office.

She can be reached at (415) 781-3925 or at heather@ggra.org.

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