NONPROFIT CFO OF THE YEAR
Mamie Funahashi oversees and directs all aspects of Community Partners’ finance and administrative operations. She brings to Community Partners over 16 years of experience leading the financial functions of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Funahashi began her career at Arthur Andersen as a Senior Auditor on the entertainment and hospitality industry team. After three years, she was pursued and recruited by one of her largest clients, Twentieth Century Fox, to be an Accounting Supervisor for Fox Filmed Entertainment. Her next position was for Ticketmaster for another three years as an Accounting Manager for the Western region. She then went to work at Los Angeles Universal Preschool for eight years as a controller.
In the nonprofit world, a CFO wears many hats. Funahashi joined Community Partners in 2013. She thrives on the entrepreneurial spirit that Community Partners provides. She has been able to help the organization grow and has had a significant impact. When she first started at Community Partners, it was a $25 million organization with 235 employees – it is now a $55 million organization with over 700 employees.
Among Funahashi’s accomplishments for Community Partners has been growing a comprehensive Finance and Administration team that includes finance and accounting, legal and risk management, grant compliance, contract management, payroll and operations. She also has led process improvements across the organization with a focus on integrating technology into work processes. She secured a $23 million grant for reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the City of Pacoima and developed capacity building consulting services focused on financial and operational systems improvements.
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