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Barbara Harper

Barbara Harper is a Senior Administrative Program Director with over 30 years of experience in Programs and Human Resources experience. She attended Southern Illinois University Major in Business Administration. Her professional experience includes senior-level management, strategic program management training development, human relations, program design, budget forecasting, and organizational development.

She is currently the Senior Administrative Program Director for the YWCA GLA. In this role, she has been responsible for evaluating program outcomes to ensure benchmarks and program compliance is achieved.

Prior to her role as the Program Administrator, she served as the Senior HR Director for the Los Angeles Job Corps Center for 12 years. She managed all HRD functions and also served as a member of the Senior Management Team.

Cynthia Kim

Cynthia Kim is the Head of Consumer Data and Analytics at CIT Bank. In this role she is responsible for supporting the data, reporting, and analytical needs of the Consumer Bank, which includes the Southern California branch network, the national online bank, and consumer lending activities.

In 2013, Cynthia joined CIT (previously OneWest Bank) as the Head of Consumer Financial Planning and Analysis running the budgeting and planning for the Consumer Bank. In 2016, she kicked off the Women’s Initiative Network Chapter in SoCal (now “BeYou Women”) as Chapter Co-Chair. Prior to joining CIT, she was a Strategy Consultant for Farmers Insurance, responsible for enterprise-wide strategy formulation and internal innovation development workshops. Cynthia has held numerous management roles, including 20+ years of Finance and Consulting experience in the healthcare and retail sector. She currently serves as the Board Chairwoman of the National Eczema Association, and has also held the CFO role for the non-profit.

Cynthia earned a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and an MPH from Columbia University. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her husband John and their five kids.

Christine Sarkissof

Christine leads a team of nearly 80 employees in fourteen branches, with a geographic footprint that spans the San Gabriel Valley, and Los Angeles. Christine brings extensive banking and leadership experience in the financial services industries. She has been with Union Bank since 2000, working in the greater Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Pacific Northwest markets.

Active in the community, Christine volunteers and has served on various board of directors of non-profit organizations. Past board involvement includes the Board of Directors of The American Heart Association Los Angeles, the Board of Director of the Friends of the Observatory (FOTO), the Executive Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood, Peace Over Violence, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team, the Circle of Care Foundation at the Sherman Oaks Hospital, and the Studio City Chamber of Commerce. Christine volunteers at the American Heart Association’s various Heart Walks, Junior Achievement Finance Park, the annual 9/11 Meal Pack, APLA (Project Angel Food), and various Habitat for Humanity Builds including Power Women With Power Tools.

Felix Whitaker

Senior Relationship Mgr. within J.P. Morgan Chase Government & Non Profit Division specializing in Public Finance for Municipalities and business banking strategies for Not for Profit organizations. 35 years of business-related experience in banking with extensive experience in commercial lending. Specific experience in commercial real estate transactions, lines of credit, sales, and risk management. Extensive experience in credit or loan structuring of commercial real estate credits. Proven track record and ability to grow the commercial real estate lending business while maintaining sound risk practices.

Specialties: Non profit & Religious Organization lending specialist, New Market Tax Credit solutions & strategy, Construction financing. Offering expertise in all areas of Commercia Real Estate transactions, Equipment financing, full service banking, financial-based planning and wealth management.