by LINDA FRABL | photo by PortrArt Creations

A Volunteering Powerhouse

volunteer_sullivan2The 92131 neighborhood is lucky to have Katie Sullivan, a truly dedicated volunteer, in its realm. A resident of the community since 1985, Katie maintained, “I enjoy providing opportunities for people to become their best selves. The people in Scripps Ranch inspire me because of their perseverance for excellence, which makes it the best place to live!”

Katie was instrumental in the formation and appearance of the Scripps Ranch Library. She explained, “Working with fellow residents, we were able to influence the design of the library, including many architectural artifacts from the Nackey Scripps Meanley home, which previously occupied the location. Our library had the very first computer lab open to the public, the first grand piano in a San Diego library, the first large community room, and was the first to have public art, such as glass art by renowned artist Richard Spaulding.”


Name: Katie Sullivan
Profession: Community volunteer
Community: Scripps Ranch
Family: Husband – Dan; daughters – Lindsay, Megan, and Sarah, who all grew up in Scripps Ranch; and 4+ grandchildren!
Hobbies & Interests: Reading, golf, playing bridge and Scrabble, entertaining, and traveling
Favorite Places to Visit in 92131: The Scripps Ranch Library, Miramar Lake, and Yanni’s


volunteer_sullivan3Katie’s experience with the Scripps Ranch Library enabled her to become part of a team that raised $75 million for the construction and operation of the new downtown Central Library. Katie even worked directly with its architect, Rob Quigley, on the library’s design. In addition, Katie was Vice Chair of the San Diego Public Library Foundation and, by mayoral appointment, served as Library Commissioner and Chair for a decade.

Never one to rest, Katie has been a board member for Girl Scouts San Diego’s Juliette Gordon Low Society committee and the Center for Community Solutions (the parent organization of Scripps Ranch’s Hidden Valley House Auxiliary, of which Katie was a founding member). After a trip to Rwanda, Katie was even inspired to help conserve endangered mountain gorillas through the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

Katie has also been involved with Voices for Children for the past 15 years, first as a supporter and advocate, and now serving on the Board of Directors since 2013. The organization provides trained volunteers to advocate for the needs of foster children in San Diego County. With her fundraising acumen, Katie has twice co-chaired the organization’s Starry Starry Night Gala and the Fostering Hope Golf Classic for three years.

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As co-chair for this year’s Starry Starry Night event, which takes place on Sept. 28 at the Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, Katie revealed, “Guests can look forward to a beautiful evening dining and dancing under the stars. We will also be raising much-needed funds to continue this important work!”