Opportunity Fund is pleased to welcome Amanda K. Byrd and Hogan Lee to serve on the Southern California Regional Board. “We are excited to welcome Amanda and Hogan as new Southern California Regional Board members,” said Southern California Regional Director, Iosefa Alofaituli. “As we continue to deepen our impact, Opportunity Fund aims to provide 2,000 loans and invest $60 million a year by 2020. Amanda and Hogan bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields and will be tremendous assets to further our mission of helping entrepreneurs thrive in Southern California.”
Amanda K. Byrd
Amanda is dedicated to helping hardworking, low-income people succeed. In her two decades as a nonprofit development and communications leader, she has raised more than $60 million to advance the success of California families. She is currently the Vice President, Membership & Communications at Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), the regional association for philanthropy where more than 300 foundations, companies, and government funders come together to learn, connect, and take action. In 2016, she led SCG’s partnership with Citibank and the County of Los Angeles to establish the County’s Center for Financial Empowerment, for which she now serves on the advisory steering committee.
Previously, Amanda spent seven years as the Director of Development & Communications at EARN, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helped low-wage workers break the cycle of poverty by matching their savings to go to college, start a business, or buy a home. Before that, for ten years she was the Director of Development at a Bay Area job training and placement center. She holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard College.
“I’ve been a big fan of Opportunity Fund for 15 years, and they just keep getting better –helping more people with more impact in more places. My whole career has been about lifting up hardworking folks who just need a boost to achieve the same dreams that we all have for our families. I’m truly honored to bring my experience and commitment to the Opportunity Fund team.”
Hogan ties tech industry experience with a commitment to community improvement. He is currently the Senior Director of Program and Project Management at Flipagram, an app for creating short photo-video stories paired with music. Before Flipagram, he worked in e-commerce, new media, and digital entertainment at Edmunds.com, eHarmony.com, and MTV. Hogan was also a past chairman and president of the Asian Professional Exchange (APEX), a non-profit organization that provides professional development and community leadership training for Asian Pacific Americans in Southern California.
Hogan has held numerous positions related to economic empowerment and equal opportunity. Hogan previously served as a board member at the Center for the Pacific Asian Family and was appointed by the Mayor to the City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission, and he is currently an Innovation Council member at FWD.us. Hogan holds a B.A.from Vanderbilt University.
“I’m proud to join Opportunity Fund’s Southern California Regional Board and look forward to furthering their great work empowering small business owners, low-income students, and working families.”