The Hacker Fund Board of Directors establish the standards for the organization and evaluate the growth and impact of its programs. Its members appoint the Executive Director who runs the day-to-day operations of the organization and leads the team of staff and volunteers.
Patricia is a fiscal sponsorship expert and fund development professional with 30+ years of nonprofit sector experience. Her work at Heluna Health (formerly PHFE) and La Clinica de Familia in New Mexico underscore her ability to enhance revenue source options that grow and sustain successful nonprofit organizations. She received her Masters of Public Administration from Wichita State University in 1995. For nearly three decades she served in management positions as a federal/state/local lead grant writer and grants manager with a career total of ~$500,000,000 in grant awards.
Alex is a Certified Public Accountant and elite business manager who began his professional career at PwC, working in consulting & auditing for both private and public entertainment and technology companies. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and California Society of CPAs. Combining his skillset as a CPA with his passion for the entertainment industry, Alex transitioned to business management with Holthouse, Carlin & Van Trigt (HCVT). As Treasurer, he ensures Hacker Fund operates in compliance with proper accounting standards.
Shahan was founding board member of Hacker Fund in 2014 and continues to serve as an officer. He was the former CTO and cofounder of Polymail (YC S16), the collaboration technology company that was acquired after it built an email platform that was voted the "#3 Product of All Time" by Product Hunt. He is a makerspace design expert who built CTRL Collective - one of the largest creative campus companies in Los Angeles. As the "Hacker Fund panda", he spearheads the development of maker curriculum and leads hardware workshops at hackathons.
During his time as a board member, Anand has held technical roles at companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Blizzard, and Lyft, advocating for mentorship on each team he joined. He has helped engineer many of the technical processes that have allowed Hacker Fund to scale its volunteer base to over 150 technology companies. He currently serves as Senior Implementation Services Engineer at HashiCorp and continues to direct the development of Hacker Fund's core infrastructure technology.
Eva is a community-builder who cofounded Cal Hacks, the largest collegiate hackathon of all time, and built Project Humanize to bridge the growing political and social empathy gap in the United States through immersive video storytelling. She led community development Notion is passionate about teaching empathy to foster better listeners, advisors, and humans. Her framework for mentorship is the basis for the Hacker Fund volunteer experience. As the "Hacker Fund elephant", she has led the training of mentors and has MCed hackathons with 1000+ attendees throughout the United States.
Founder & Executive Director
Justin (aka "Brezh") has served as the "hacker cat" day-to-day since 2014 and wrote the playbook on fiscal sponsorship for hackers. After launching Hacktech and LA Hacks while at UCLA, he built the coaching program at Major League Hacking that now serves over 65,000 hackers internationally, and then became one of the top hackathon organizers in the world through his time at Hacker Fund. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Grant Professionals Association, has raised millions of dollars as fundraising counsel for social enterprises, and was listed on Forbes 30 under 30 for his work in education.