Leadership

The LENDonate management team brings a wealth of financial services experience and expertise to each of our clients. Our continued commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and work is the driving force behind our charitable partnerships.

Management Team

Vivienne Hsu, CFA

FOUNDER & CEO

Prior to becoming a full-time social entrepreneur, Vivienne was Senior Vice President at U.S. Trust, where she advised clients on complex financial matters. She served as a Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager for Charles Schwab Investment Management, where she oversaw its active equity strategies and was the lead portfolio manager for the Schwab Hedged Equity Fund. Under her leadership, the firm launched three new funds which garnered a total of $500 million at launch. Prior to that, she was Vice President and Portfolio Manager at American Century Investments, where she co-managed mutual funds that totaled more than $10 billion. Vivienne has also served as an investment risk consultant at MSCI Barra and performed pension actuarial work on retirement plans.

 

In 2011-12, Vivienne volunteered full time as development director at the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, fundraising and cultivating corporate relationships. She served on the board of Silicon Valley Ballet and is currently on the boards of the Los Altos Community Foundation, How Women Lead, The SRI Conference and Haas Alumni Network. She has also been an active member of her church since 1987 and has led 3 successful capital campaigns ($5m+ total), along with holding many other volunteer positions.

 

She received her MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also received an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics. She is a CFA® charterholder.

Brett Ayers

Chief Credit Officer

Brett brings over twenty years of financial industry experience in commercial and investment banking to LENDonate. He has expert knowledge of credit risk, credit underwriting and loan lifecycle processes. Brett has developed a deep understanding of lending policy and procedures with extensive experience working with external regulators and auditors related to credit risk.

 

Brett started his career First Bank as the Regional Credit and Portfolio Manager. He continued his growth as Senior Portfolio Manager and Credit Analyst at Fifth Third Bank. At PNC, his role was Senior Credit Risk and Financial Review Officer where his focus was on compliance and risk for commercial and industrial portfolios. At Fidelity Bank as Chief Credit Risk Review Officer, he worked to reduce processing time and overall streamlining of reporting processes.

 

Brett’s main focus has been to develop newer, complete methods of determining risk and automated methods of overall portfolio management. Brett has dual BA degrees in Economics and History from Fordham University, where he was a four-year letter winner as a member of the men’s basketball team.

Lynette Pang, CFA

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Lynette joins LENDonate after a distinguished career in investment management. She was a member of the disciplined equity team at American Century Investments for 20 years and served as a portfolio manager for over a decade. In addition to her portfolio management responsibilities, Lynette served as the liaison between the Investment team and IT developers and led business continuity and internal audit efforts. Prior experience includes performance reporting and analytics and client support at MSCI Barra and State Street Bank.

 

Lynette’s commitment to the community includes volunteer work such as tax return preparer for low-income households, support line phone counselor, theatre-maker at community theaters, and training coordinator for classroom music education program. Her non-profit experience also includes having served as a board member for Stage 1 Theatre (3 years) and Music For Minors II (7 years).

 

Lynette graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BS in Agricultural and Managerial Economics and a minor in statistics. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) charterholder.

Sarah Weller

Technical Project Manager

Sarah’s career began in technology consulting at CGI, where she built trusting relationships with clients such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Australia New Zealand Bank (ANZ) and Comerica Bank while delivering exceptional customer support and training. Her experience ranges from compiling business and systems requirements, to designing and creating products, to implementing global software solutions.

 

At the end of 2013, Sarah joined Weller Smith Design, a boutique design studio specializing in creating thoughtful design solutions that reflect the client’s vision and mission.

Advisors

Julie Abrams is CEO of How Women Lead, Managing Partner of BoardLeaders, and former CEO of Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. She also serves on the boards of Women’s Funding Network. She is a leader in the country’s movement to build small businesses and is co-author of Scrappy Women in Business.

Jason Altieri is General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at Happy Money. Prior to that, he was the General Counsel of Metromile, Inc and Lending Club who led the company in legal/compliance strategy and development from start-up to a 1,600 person public company. Mr. Altieri received his J.D. (magna cum laude) from University of San Francisco School of Law.

Carrie Dolan is Chief Financial Officer at Tradeshift. Prior to that, she was CFO at Metromile, Inc and Lending Club. Prior to that, she served as Treasurer for The Charles Schwab Corporation, as well as CFO of Schwab Bank. Ms. Dolan holds a B.S. in finance and accounting and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Maureen Downey is a seasoned private equity executive who has managed teams at Pantheon Ventures, Goldman Sachs, and Merrill Lynch. She received her BA dual degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics/ Economics from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Wharton’s Graduate School of Business.

Swapan Saha, Ph.D. has 20 years of product development working at premier information technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area including SAP, Sun Microsystems, and Tibco. He has been involved in various non-profit charitable activities including founding global alumni association in the US of his Alma Mater, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology.

Wingee Sampaio is Head of Cartier Women’s Initiative and a senior executive with 15+ years of strategy and execution experience who is on a mission to create social impact through revolutionizing financial services and capital markets. She is currently Managing Director at State Street Global Advisors and is also co-author of Impact with Wings.

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