The TPHS Foundation Executive Director, Zephyr Fletcher was born and raised in Del Mar and is a great granddaughter of Col. Ed Fletcher, a prominent historical real estate and land developer of many areas in San Diego, especially Del Mar and Solana Beach.
Zephyr went to Torrey Pines High from 1993 – 1997, was an “A” honors and AP student, was on Yearbook staff and held the title of Sports Editor her senior year. She ran cross country for all four years and although she was never the fastest runner, she was honored with the Rabi Award for Team Spirit her senior year. Zephyr also ran track and field for two years, played on the freshman softball team and was nominated by her peers to Homecoming Court her senior year. She absolutely loved her time at Torrey.
Zephyr attended Pepperdine University in Malibu where she majored in Business Administration. During her time there, she worked as a teacher’s aide for professors in the business and sports departments, as the athletic room attendant, worked for a .COM in Santa Monica, studied abroad in Italy, England, France and Germany, and volunteered for beach cleanups at the local Surfrider Foundation chapter.
During her over four years of management work, Zephyr further developed her appetite for helping nonprofits and humanitarian aid. She spent multiple afternoons and evenings per week volunteering at the Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium teaching patrons about aquatic life in the Pacific Ocean, recycling, and the west coast watershed system. After the devastating 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia, Zephyr promptly helped a small nonprofit called SurfAid International, fundraise for the victims. Its mission is to provide education and relief to those communities living in those isolated island regions.
In spring 2005, Zephyr decided to sell most everything she owned and leave her job to volunteer with the Global Volunteer Network in New Zealand and travel further through Australia and the South Pacific for several months on her own. Upon her return in the fall, she received a full time job offer from SurfAid International USA as the Accounting and Administrative Manager, which the fundraising arm was headquartered in Encinitas.
In 2008, Zephyr started contracting her bookkeeping and accounting services to small businesses, and in late 2011 ventured exclusively into freelance accounting.
She started a family in 2013 and decided to get back into nonprofit finance in January 2015. Aligned with the mission and vision of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Zephyr took the Financial Analyst position at the organization, an $11 million nonprofit. CAF provides opportunities to support children and adults with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through sports and athletics. There she was responsible for all accounting, audit work, budgeting and was producer of the silent auctions at the annual San Diego Triathlon Challenge.
In January 2017, Zephyr was approached for a third time by the former co-worker and Executive Director of the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido, Javier Guerrero to come join his team as the Finance and Human Resource Manager. The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum provides hands-on educational exhibits and programs focusing on science, art and world cultures for over 100,000 visitors annually. During this time, Zephyr established key relationships with Kiwanis Club of Escondido, Escondido Rotary, Rancho Santa Fe Rotary, the North County Philanthropy Council, whom she is a member of, and many other donors and foundations in nonprofit.
Zephyr’s love of sports never ended at Torrey. Zephyr is an outdoor enthusiast. Minimally, she runs beach and trails almost daily, mountain bikes, surfs, snowboards, hikes, rock climbs, and has achieved top awards and medals at triathlons and running events throughout San Diego over the last two decades.
In 2007, she started teaching cycling classes at the Magdalena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas. She quickly became a favorite of many members and still has a full class most weeks. Her accomplishments include teaching at the annual Ecke YMCA Bike-a-Thon fundraiser in February which raises over $40,000 and a second Bike-a-Thon in October, which supports Challenged Athletes Foundation raising upwards of $100,000.
Zephyr is committed to supporting youth and communities which believe in the importance of a strong vital high school that values education and athletics. She brings over 17 years of nonprofit and management experience to TPHS Foundation. She has seen the Foundation from its inception in 1993 and is very familiar with the contributions it has made to the school, its students and the community over the years. Zephyr is very excited and honored to help further the mission of the Torrey Pines High School Foundation.