FTHF Board of Directors are not only experts in their fields, the are committed to innovation in finance, philanthropy and community development.

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Cristina M. Regalado, Board Chair, Cristina works at the intersection of social innovations, technology and design. She is the founder of Cristina M. Regalado Workshop, a social innovations design consultancy that helps organizations and leaders match big vision with creative and sustainable solutions. Cristina is also Chief Design at Cell-Ed, a mobile education tech start-up that provides language, life skills and work skills especially to immigrants and refugees. During her stint in philanthropy, Cristina managed over half a billion dollars in grants to help improve the lives of Californians. She serves on several boards of social impact organizations that focus on microfinance, women’s rights, education, immigrant rights and civic engagement. Cristina graduated with an MBA degree from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.

Eunice Azzani is the Founder and Partner of Azzani Search Consultants.  Previously, Eunice was a Senior Client Partner in the San Francisco office of Korn/Ferry International.  She serves on the boards of City College Foundation, SFWorks, and YMCA of San Francisco. Eunice has been the Chair of San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Foundation of California, and Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. She received the “Women Who Make a Difference Award” from the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women. Ms. Azzani earned an MLS from Texas Woman's University and a BA from Texas Tech University.

Puanani Burgess is noted for her experience in community, family and values-based economic development, mediation and storytelling processes as part of conflict transformation, and developing community-based organizations.  In 2009, she was named Hawai’i’s Living Treasures. She helped develop community-based organizations including:  Hoa’Aina O Makaha, a cultural and agricultural learning center, and Wai’anae Coast Community Alternative Development Corporation, a community and cultural-based aquaculture program for Native Hawaiian families. She has been a lead facilitator and trainer for The Center for Pacific American Women’s Leadership since 1997. 

Patti Chang, CEO and co-founder of Feed the Hunger Foundation, is the former President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California, which funded over 1100 organizations throughout California as well as internationally. Patti has served as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and the San Francisco Commission on the Environment. She was President of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women as well as Board Chair of the Women’s Funding Network and the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development. Patti was instrumental in passing the Convention to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination Against Women, making San Francisco the first city to adopt an international treaty. Patti received her B.A. and J.D. from Stanford. She is originally from Hawaii. 

Brett Melone serves as a Director of Lending with California FarmLink, making loans to farmers across California. He teaches sustainable agriculture at the Monterey Institute. He served as Executive Director of Friends of MarViva Foundation and Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALABA. Brett has a BA in International Relations, Business and Spanish from the University of San Diego, and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  

Mark Murakami is a partner in Carlsmith Ball LLP’s Honolulu office and is a member of the Real Estate, Land Use & Hospitality Practice Group. He has extensive experience in Land Court (Torrens System) matters. Mark was a clerk with Chief Justice Herman T.F. Lum of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawai‘i.  He is a board member of the Better Business Bureau Foundation of Hawai‘i, and a member of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association. Mark received a B.B.A. from the University of Hawai‘i and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. 

Maria Soledad Teh is Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo’s Inland Empire Regional Commercial Banking Office in Ontario, CA. Sol manages a portfolio of middle market companies with gross revenues more than $20M and is responsible for revenue generation and credit risk management. Sol managed a credit underwriting team for the Community Banking Real Estate Group of Wells Fargo. She holds a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Biola University and an MBA with a concentration on General Management, Strategy, and Leadership from the Drucker School of Management.  Sol is Co-Chair of the Women on the Move network.

Breanna Zwart currently works to promote Internet access in emerging markets with the Access and Energy team at Google. Ms. Zwart’s portfolio includes partnership development, policy implementation, communications, and strategy execution. Prior to joining Google, Ms. Zwart was a Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where she led initiatives promoting gender equality in international economic development. Before her time in Washington D.C., Ms. Zwart was the City of San Diego’s Budget and Finance committee consultant and a policy advisor to the City Council President. Ms. Zwart has served on the board of the Elementary Institute of Science, the San Diego New Leaders Council, is a past member of Hermanitas, HerStory, and former co-director of Strong Women, Strong Girls. Ms. Zwart holds a Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management, and a Bachelors of Arts and Humanities in International Relations and Drama with a Minor in Hispanic Studies, both from Carnegie Mellon University.