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 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.

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