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Philanthropy Chat: Janet Camarena Interviews Carlie Wilmans of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation

San Francisco, CA
September 11, 2008

For this Arts Month edition of Philanthropy Chat, Janet Camarena, director of the Foundation Center-San Francisco, interviews Carlie Wilmans, director for the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. The Wattis Foundation was established five years ago to support the Bay Area arts community, and Carlie Wilmans, granddaughter of the late Phyllis C. Wattis, has continued in the philanthropic tradition of her grandmother by becoming an individual donor who has recently made a landmark gift to preserve the home of David Ireland in San Francisco's Mission district. She discusses this recent gift as well as the institutional philanthropy of the Wattis Foundation.

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Carlie Wilmans Carlie Wilmans was born and raised in San Diego County. She attended Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia, for four years. After high school, she returned to the west coast to college in San Luis Obispo. She moved to the Bay Area in 1994 to finish her undergraduate degree in Art History at Sonoma State University. After college, she worked at John Berggruen Gallery. In 1999, she moved to Austin, Texas, to pursue her graduate degree in Art History with a concentration in Pre-Columbian Art. After a brief time living in Incline Village, Nevada, she now calls San Francisco her home. Since May of 2003, she has been on the board of directors of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. In addition to her work with the Foundation, Ms. Wilmans sits on the board of trustees for the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California College of the Arts, and is a member of the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary.

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