Bay Area Council Chief Financial Officer Ken Regalia was honored June 5 as a finalist in the prestigious CFO of the Year awards presented by member San Francisco Business Times and benefiting Larkin Youth Services. Ken was in good company with finalist Joan Catherine Braun of the United Way of the Bay Area and winner Garfield Byrd of Wikipedia Foundation. During Ken’s almost eight years with the Council, he has provided invaluable financial, strategic and administrative leadership during a period of unprecedented growth and transformation for an organization that has existed for almost 70 years.

Ken has been instrumental in establishing the financial, legal and operational structure necessary to manage the Council’s successful growth and ensure it maintains the highest professional and accounting standards. During Ken’s tenure,  the Council has grown substantially, dramatically diversified revenue sources, installed a new accounting system, expanded to multiple offices in Sacramento and China, merged with Bay Area Economic Forum to form the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, secured millions of dollars in grants to fund the organization’s policy work and launched the California-China Office of Trade and Investment. None of this would have been possible without Ken’s tireless dedication, leadership and expertise.

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