Gillian “Jill” Grant is a native Los Angelean with deep ties to the community. After graduating with a dual Masters in Information Technology and Library Science from Drexel University, she spent 10 years at Deloitte, building their businesses in India and serving as a Chief of Staff to their Director of Tax Policy. After she left Deloitte she spent five years consulting with clients such as AARP, Vanguard, HP and Corning.
Outside of work, Jill is a Court Appointed State Advocate (CASA) and when time permits, competes her horses, in the Adult Amateur Jumpers.
Kimberly Peden, Gillian Valentine’s Senior Event Producer, is a native Californian, who grew up just outside of San Francisco. After graduating from UCSB, she worked for two non-profits before being hired at Laguna Blanca School, serving as their Assistant Director of Development for over 6 years. From there she returned to UCSB, this time as an employee, and managed events for the Chancellor as well as other departments on campus for over 10 years.
Kimberly has volunteered over the years for various organizations including Planned Parenthood, Girl’s Inc., YMCA, Special Olympics, and the Santa Barbara County Riding Club.
Sarah Wilson, Director of Operations, has been with Gillian Valentine since its inception. Her experience managing the accounting for the City of Santa Cruz’s Water Department has been invaluable to Gillian Valentine as our business grows. Sarah is also an accomplished artist, coming from a family of painters. Her keen eye for design ensures that all of our events reflect the aesthetic of our clients.
Outside of work, Sarah is raising three children and enjoys hosting impromptu parties at her house on Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz.
Eliza Engel, Project Manager, is a junior at the College of Charleston, studying for a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Originally from Reno, NV, Eliza rode with Julie Winkel growing up. Prior to working with Gillian Valentine, Eliza was a working student for Finally Farm in Camden, SC.