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Lisa C. Fujimoto, Executive Vice President
Jaclyn C. Duarte, Senior Program Officer
Danielle R. Kihara, Program Coordinator


Lisa C. Fujimoto

Executive Vice President

LISA HEADSHOTExecutive Vice President, Lisa Fujimoto, oversees and manages all grantmaking and scholarship programs and activities. She leads the staff and grant committee, and operates the Foundation’s efforts to change lives in the communities served.

Lisa was appointed Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President to the Board of Directors in 2004. Prior to this, Lisa served as Executive Director of the Foundation, a position she held since The Change a Life Foundation’s inception in 2001.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University Fullerton. Prior to joining Change a Life Foundation, she had successful career in the nonprofit sector for over 3 decades. This included: corporate philanthropy, which she worked as a cast member at the Walt Disney Company, as Manager of Community Relations for the Disneyland Resort. She later served as the Senior Vice President of the Orange County Rescue Mission,  Director for the Orange County Division, for the Children’s Bureau Board of Directors,  and Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Olive Crest Abused Children’s Foundation.

In the community, Lisa has provided volunteer leadership serving on 26 Boards and has been an activist in the fields of domestic violence, homelessness, child welfare and disability serving organizations. She is serving on Family Foundation Alliance, Orange County Funders Round Table, San Diego Grantmakers, and Inland Empire Funders Forum.

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Jaclyn C. Duarte, M.A.

Senior Program Officer

Jaclyn Duarte began her career as a Program Officer for Change a Life Foundation in 2009. In 2014, Jaclyn was promoted to Senior Program Officer. She has a background in nonprofit program management and direct client services. She has a tremendous passion for helping the less fortunate.

Jaclyn manages nonprofit partner relations in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Central Coast Region and Northern California Region. She stewards grant submissions , conducts on-site trainings, grant review and outcome evaluation. She manages the Foundation Internship Program, which recruits, trains and manages collegiate interns from local universities to learn about the Foundation and philanthropy. Interns contribute time in our office for one semester, for school credit.

She provides educational support for the Foundation Scholarship Program in Los Angeles County and formerly foster youth/ Emancipated Youth Scholarship Program. She shepherds the applications and submissions in these communities. She is an active volunteer in the community in her free time. Jaclyn earned her Bachelor of Arts at San Francisco State University in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Psychology at California State University, Fullerton.

HeadshotDanielle R. Kihara

Program Coordinator

Danielle Kihara worked as Foundation Intern prior to joining our team full-time as the Program Coordinator in 2015. She manages the process of all incoming grant and scholarship submissions as well as the Foundation’s website.

Danielle supports the educational outreach efforts of the scholarship program for San Diego County and Orange County regions for Change a Life Foundation’s Scholarship Program. She utilizes her administrative and organizational skills to ensure the efficiency of the Foundation’s granting and scholarship programs. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the University of California, Irvine in 2015.