by LYDIA COBB | photo by Savoring the Sweet Life Photography

How Communities Thrive

Tanny Joyce cherishes adventure. “I worked three jobs in high school to save for my first trip to Europe,” she mused. It sparked such a great time, she added, “I am always looking for the next adventure.” Tammy grew up in La Mesa and met her husband, Rob, at SDSU. She lived upstate only for grad school. Their three sons, Adam, Kyle, and Logan, are fifth-generation San Diegans. They’ve lived in Copperwood since 2002. “Our boys grew up as the community grew,” shared Tanny. “We appreciate the fact that our kids always have people around to help and support them.”

Giving to others is integral in Tanny’s life. When her boys were young, she started volunteering for youth sports, the PTA at Stone Ranch Elementary and Oak Valley Middle Schools, and on the Del Norte High School football board. She and Rob are founding members of the 4S Ranch Del Sur Community Foundation. The organization works to improve quality of life and to meet emerging needs in 4S Ranch-Del Sur through philanthropy.


Name: Tanny Joyce
Community: Copperwood in Bernardo Springs
Volunteer Affiliation: 4S Ranch Del Sur Community Foundation
Profession: Organizational Development Consultant and Corporate Coach
Family: Husband – Rob; Sons – Adam (20), and Kyle (18), and Logan (16)
Hobbies: Traveling, Pilates, hiking, camping


Group: 4S Ranch Del Sur Community Foundation
Mission: The Community Foundation is a proud affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, committed to the community through the financial support of nonprofit organizations and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work, and play in 4S Ranch and Del Sur.
Website: www.sdfoundation.org/programs/regional-affiliates/4sranch-del-sur


“I got involved because we were looking for a way to support the entire community,” said Tanny. By attending events and eventually joining the grants committee, she became familiar with the community’s nonprofits. It’s her third year as chair of the foundation. “This is a pooled philanthropy approach,” explained Tanny. “The more members we have, the more we can grant back to the community.” As they enter the eighth year of grant funding, the foundation has designated nearly $120,000 to more than 20 community programs.

Her profession brings expertise to her role as chair. Tanny is a senior partner with Apex Performance Strategies, an organizational development consulting firm based in Solana Beach. As a certified corporate coach, Tanny works with groups and individuals to improve performance, work that she’s enjoyed for more than 20 years. Back at home, she loves walking the trails. As a family, they support their sons’ sports at Del Norte. They have camped at San Elijo State Beach for many summers.

As Tanny looks forward to spring, two public celebrations will be held when the foundation announces grant applicants (March 24) and the grant celebration and check presentation (May 6). It’s truly about community. Tanny is central to the mission – at life, at work, and here in her hometown.