The FTHF team is comprised of finance, micro lending, philanthropy and business development experts who are passionate about social and food justice.


Patti Chang, CEO

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 1,100 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 the President of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women. She served as the board chair of the Women’s Funding Network and the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development working on human rights. 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.

Shanti Narasimham, Finance

Shanti has a diverse consultancy background in project management, financial reporting and analysis, strategic and business development, program development and market and customer research. She has worked with executives and founders on new initiatives and strategies for their organizations to reach a new level of growth and sustainability. Shanti holds a Master’s degree with a focus on International Economic Development from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Business focusing on Finance and Accounting. She also obtained her CPA status in the State of New York.

Maria Waters, California Program & Loan Officer

Maria joined our team in 2015 as the California Program and Loan Officer.  She has 10 years of experience in banking and finance. Maria worked with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on community development and food insecurity. She was a board member of the National Association of Social Workers and in 2015 was appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to serve as a commissioner on the Department of Children, Youth and their Families Oversight and Advisory Committee. Ms. Waters earned a B.A. in Social Work and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from SF State University.

Tyler Fujita, Hawaii Program & Loan Officer

Tyler's primary responsibilities include outreach to prospective borrowers and referral partners, managing the processing of Hawaii-area loans, and providing technical assistance to borrowers. Tyler earned a Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California and started his career as a management consultant at a boutique firm in Los Angeles.