Women's March San Diego

Monica Boyle, Ph.D.

Board, President

Monica Boyle is a consensus builder and servant leader who brings an analytical eye to her role. Monica was appointed to be the WMSD President in July, 2018. She oversees the strategic mission and identifies organizational goals, while spearheading Community Partnerships for the 2019 march. Monica also serves as the liaison to the Women’s March California Board (voting member), ensuring alignment and the sharing of resources and ideas with sister chapters across the state.

Passionate about diversity and firm in the belief that it is what makes this country unique and strong, Monica grew up living in several states across the U.S. due to her father’s military service. As a scientist, Monica has had the unique opportunity to work with people from around the world, recognizing the essential value our diverse talents and perspectives bring to science, and to our lives. Monica is particularly interested in the promotion of equal opportunities for women in science. You will find Monica spending her free time in the outdoors, often in the local San Diego area mountains.

Monica holds a bachelor degree in Biology and Chemistry from The College of Idaho, and earned a PhD in Developmental Genetics from Rockefeller University. She is an experienced scientist, skilled public speaker and educator with over 20 years in the academic, biotechnology and drug discovery industry in San Diego.

Monica’s Strengthsfinder Top 5: Ideation Learner Analytical Individualization Achiever

Frances Carrillo

Board, Treasurer

Frances Carrillo brings years of non-profit experience in a variety of contexts, from grassroots to statewide efforts. Fran serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the organization, managing finances and establishing controls and procedures to ensure the financial health of the organization. Fran has taken on roles and responsibilities including Board development, Voter Registration and Turn Out partnerships, and leading our Social Media and Marketing efforts.

Fran’s experience is balanced with her belief in mutual respect and kindness, and reminds us to not take ourselves too seriously. This belief sets us up to be successful and have a little fun while we’re at it! Fran’s motivation to join and continue march to mission is informed by a belief that women must speak up to have our voices heard. Frustrated by the disrespect of the current administration toward so many groups, Fran was compelled to do just that by rolling up her sleeves and making things happen!

Fran was elected at Treasurer in 2019 on the Women’s March California state board.

Fran holds a master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School.

Fran’s Strengthsfinder Top 5: Relator Achiever Arranger Analytical Strategic

Poppy Fitch, Ed.D.

Board, Secretary


Poppy Fitch is an educational counselor and administrator whose career spans more than 25 years working in San Diego area community college and university settings. Poppy’s passion is for access and equity in higher education. As Board Secretary, Poppy contributes diplomacy and focuses on organizational growth and development with an eye to ensuring inclusivity and respect for all voices. Poppy has taken on roles such as 2018 and 2019 March Program Co-Chair, content development, social media, and volunteer recruitment and development.

A native San Diegan, Poppy was compelled to join and continue march to mission because she observed the hope that the march inspired in the community, and saw the potential for impact the unified voice of women could effect. Her march inspiration are her two children, her audacious daughter Hannah (20) a college student and assault survivor, and her march to the beat of their own drum child Kane (19) a trans/non-binary person who experiences Autism.

Poppy holds a doctorate in Post-Secondary/Community College Educational Leadership and a master of Education with a specialization in Multicultural Counseling, both from San Diego State University. A former foster youth, Poppy’s research is deeply personal, focusing on the success factors for foster youth who have persisted to college degree completion. In addition to service to Women’s March San Diego, Poppy serves on the board of her Alumni Association at San Diego State University, and is appointed to the San Diego Community Review Board on Police Practices (August, 2018).

Poppy’s Strengthsfinder Top 5: Connectedness Empathy Adaptability Input Ideation

The Women’s March San Diego team is made stronger by the following leaders (bios forthcoming):

Genoveva Aguilar

Sarah Bacerra

Alissandra Del Nero

JoAnn Fields

Michelle Price

Mindy Schwartz

Marcy Shugart

Melissa Slawson

Amy Swazey

Our focus continues to be the meaningful inclusion of diverse women on our team, and invite community support as we continue to work toward this goal. While diverse, we acknowledge there are essential voices missing from our table.