DGE 5300 Michael Soden
Club: San Marino
Michael Driebe became President of Methodist Hospital Foundation in the fall of 2009. He has been a fund development professional since 1999 and has over 35 years’ experience in a variety of volunteer leadership roles with several nonprofit organizations.
Prior to coming to Methodist, he was President of Driebe & Associates, an independent fund development consulting firm, assisting nonprofits with management issues, recruitment, development audits and board training. Previously, Mike served as Vice President for Development at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, California, and as Vice President of Development at the LeRoy Haynes Center for Children and Family Services in La Verne, California.
Mike received a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne with dual concentrations in Strategic and Non Profit Management. He became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2005 and holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Mike served as President of the Pomona Jaycees and received the club’s Distinguished Service Award. He also served as Secretary of the California Junior Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the California Junior Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board of Directors. He was named an Outstanding Young Californian by the California Junior Chamber and is a member of the Junior Chamber International Senate.
He served as President of the Pomona Chamber of Commerce, President of Fairplex Friends, was a member of the Board of Directors for the Pomona Valley YMCA, the Pomona Economic Development Corporation, and was Chairman of the Pomona General Plan Citizen’s Advisory Committee. He also served as a board member and studio volunteer for Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic – Inland Empire/Orange County Unit.
He served as President of the Southern California Association for Healthcare Development, earning their Outstanding Leadership Award in 2018. Currently he serves as Immediate Past-President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Los Angeles Chapter. He became a member of the Los Angeles County Fair Association in 2005 and has served on its board since 2019. On a national level, Mike served as a member of the Board of Directors and Governors for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee from 2005 to 2010 and as a National Committee Member from 1997 to 2005.
He became a member of Pomona Rotary in 1994 and served as club president in 2002-2003. In 2010, he joined the Rotary Club of San Marino, was recognized as San Marino’s Rotarian of the Year in 2015, and became that club’s president in 2015-2016. He went on to serve as San Marino Rotary Charities President from 2018-2021.
Mike also held several positions with District 5300, including Leadership Trainer, Public Relations Chair, Interact Chair, TLC Chair, RYLA Committee Member and Chair, Multi-District Interact Symposium Chair, Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, Host District Vocational Training Team Committee Chair, Leader of the 2018 Group Cultural Exchange Team to India, Stewardship Sub-Committee Chair, Major Gifts Sub-Committee Chair and currently as Chair of the 2022 Peace Conference Committee.
Mike and Sylvia met in 1980 just 2 weeks after he moved to California from Virginia. Married since 1985, they are residents of Pomona and enjoy art, music, food, travel and frequent trips to Disneyland.