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Soroptimist International of

San Francisco

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A global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment

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About Us

Our Board

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Gail Dekreon is the current President of S.I. of San Francisco. She joined Soroptimist in 2003 after attending an award luncheon for a recipient of the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award (now called Live Your Dream Education & Training Award).  Impressed with the Soroptimist Mission to empower women and girls through access to education, she devotes her time to mentoring and supporting women’s issues and needs

Gail is a Sierra Pacific Region (SPR) past Governor, serving from 2018-2020. Before becoming Governor, she served two terms as her Club’s President, and has served on the Region’s Board for 8 years as District Director, Secretary, and Governor-Elect. Gail has also chaired almost every Region Committee and is now the Region’s Membership Pillar Chair for the 2022-2024 biennium.  She was recently elected to the Soroptimist International of the Americas Board of Directors, commencing a two-year term in September 2024.

Gail is a Superior Court Judge for the State of California, County of San Francisco. Recently retired in Jan 2023, she still works as a judge several days a month. Gail earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and a Juris Doctor degree in Law.

An advocate of women’s issues since she was a teenager, Gail’s charity of choice is Soroptimist.

Gail Dekreon


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Dr. Linh Nguyen, a dedicated member of Soroptimist International of San Francisco since September 10,
2014, is a highly experienced professional in the field of pharmaceutical research and development. Her
commitment to Soroptimist International of San Francisco is rooted in their mission to educate and
empower women to achieve their fullest potential through support and mentorship. She currently
serves in the role of Vice-President of the Soroptimist International San Francisco Club.

Linh Nguyen

Vice President

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Gloria Bailey-Ray, is a versatile and accomplished individual, celebrated as an author, talk show host, and producer, most notably recognized for her acclaimed program, The Gloria Bailey-Ray Show. Gloria is a Certified Professional Life Coach.

 Gloria boasts an impressive history of speaking engagements, catering to diverse groups, from civic and church organizations to business professionals. 

She is deeply involved in her community, having served on several boards for the City of Oakland, CA. These roles underscore her unwavering commitment to effecting positive change in her surroundings.

Gloria holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco (USF). 

I became a member of Soroptimist International of San Francisco Club because of the vibrant, dedicated women who share a passion for promoting women's success through education and empowerment. I take great pride in being a part of an organization that truly understands the importance of this mission.

Gloria Bailey-Ray


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Carla DeGraff is the Club Treasurer, and is a Past President of the club having held all of the positions on the club’s board since she
became a Soroptimist in 2007.
She has served on various Sierra Pacific Region (SPR) committees including budget and nominating, and is the SPR public
awareness chair. Carla is also a member of the Laurel Society. Soroptimist is her charity of choice.
In her professional life Carla retired from the Presidio Trust after serving seven years as its Chief Financial Officer, in the latter part of
her thirty-three year federal finance career.
After retiring she took a job with the City of Novato and is now serving as its Finance Director.
Carla holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Public Administration.
Her passions are parks and people. Especially other women and girls. There is a lot of work remaining to be done to help all women
reach equality. She loves Soroptimist because Soroptimist is part of making that change in the world.

Carla Carvalho-DeGraff






Mailing Address

317 West Portal Ave

Suite #27654

San Francisco CA 94127-0654

501(C)3 - #94-6080050

Contact us


Elaine Butler

Elaine Butler, a devoted member of Soroptimist International of San Francisco since November 7, 2014,
was drawn to the organization by its mission to empower and educate women to achieve their fullest
potential through support and mentorship.


Sandy Dixon

Sandy Dixon has been a dedicated member of Soroptimist International of San Francisco since August 3,
2021. She joined this organization because of their mission to educate and empower women to reach
their full potential, providing them with support and mentoring.


Oranee Daniels

I am a Physician Scientist and successful Pharma Executive. I am a supporter and long time advocate for women and girls. Have been a Soroptimist for more than 20 years and a member of the San Francisco club for 10+. I am a public speaker on innovation and women's issues as well as a mentor. 


Judi Sanderlin

Judi Sanderlin, a dedicated member of Soroptimist International of San Francisco since October 11,2016, is an accomplished professional with a diverse background in quality improvement and financial
analysis. Her involvement with Soroptimist International of San Francisco is rooted in her commitment to their mission of empowering and educating women to reach their fullest potential through support
and mentoring.

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