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Vilas Dhar, Lisa Hendrickson and Phillippe Wallace Join The Christensen Fund’s Board of Trustees

The Christensen Fund is pleased to announce the addition of three new trustees to its Board of Trustees. These new members have considerable experience leading philanthropic and social-service organizations as they navigate periods of growth and strategic advancement, and bring deep, diverse expertise in the business and nonprofit sectors. They join the board’s existing seven members, and will help propel the Christensen Fund into its new vision.

The new members are:

Vilas Dhar, who currently serves as Trustee and chair of the Investment committee of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, a large philanthropic endowment focused on advancing neuroscience and technology for good, and serves on several public and private sector boards and advisory committees.  His career has included founding and serving as CEO of a recognized public interest law firm, investing in and serving as board director of socially conscious companies, and creating one of the world’s first nonprofit organization incubators – leveraging private sector expertise for the public good.

Lisa Hendrickson, a community leader and businesswoman with broad-based experience in the not for profit and corporate sectors. She was President & CEO of Avenidas, a Palo Alto based not-for-profit senior services agency supporting older adults who are aging in place throughout the Mid-Peninsula. During her tenure she successfully led two major capital projects, resulting in the construction of a new building to house a major program, the complete renovation and expansion of the organization’s historic community center and the fundraising to enable both.  Lisa has a breadth of board governance experience having served in leadership positions on the boards of several not for profit agencies providing safety net and educational services.  She also had twenty years of commercial banking experience.  Lisa continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Avidbank, and her community work currently includes mentoring nonprofit Executive Directors, and volunteering as a CASA advocate.

Phillippe Wallace, chief financial officer of the College Futures Foundation, which works to ensure that more students who reflect California’s diversity complete a B.A. and access the opportunity for a better life. He has extensive experience in foundation and investment management, technology and corporate finance. Previously, Phillippe was the senior vice president and chief financial and operating officer of ZeroDivide, a public foundation focused on technology access, where he had served since 2003. Prior to that, Phillippe held senior roles in private equity and technology investment banking.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Vilas, Lisa, and Phillippe to The Christensen Fund,” said Diane Christensen, President and Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees. “We’re excited to learn from them, to share with them vital lessons from our partners in Indigenous communities around the world, and to work together in backing the global Indigenous Peoples movement in its efforts to advance the rights and opportunities of stewards of biocultural diversity.”