council welcomes new chief financial officer

The Bay Area Council today (Aug. 18) announced the hiring of Jeanine Hawk as its new chief financial officer. Hawk will carry out the financial, fiduciary and operational responsibilities for the organization that drive a robust policy agenda focused on producing more affordable housing, improving commutes, building a reliable water system and closing the workforce skills gap among other issue areas.

A veteran financial planning executive in the public and non-profit sectors, Hawk comes to the Council from Napa Valley Community College District where she served as Interim Vice President and Chief Financial/Operations Officer. Prior to that, Hawk was CFO of Alliant International University where she was responsible for the leadership and administration of its seven California-based and three international universities’ operations. She also oversaw the administrative and fiscal services for San Jose-Evergreen Community College District, De Anza College and Santa Monica College.

“Hawk’s experience and expertise with multi-campus and multi-college business management is an ideal fit for supporting the strategic growth of the Council,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “The Council is fortunate to have a leader with her know-how to help develop and achieve the financial goals of our multi-entity organization—including the Economic Institute, Foundation, Political Action Committee, Science and Innovation Consortium, and offices in Sacramento and China.” Hawk will work closely with the Council’s leadership, including Chair and TMG Partners CEO Michael Covarrubias, Council Treasurer and Wells Fargo Head of Commercial Banking Perry Pelos, and the Finance Committee.

In welcoming Hawk, the Council recognizes retiring CFO Ken Regalia for his 10 years of tremendous service. During his tenure, Regalia provided invaluable financial leadership during a period of unprecedented growth and transformation for an organization that has existed for over 70 years. As the organization more than tripled in size and revenue, Regalia was instrumental in establishing the fiscal, legal, and operational structure necessary to manage the Council’s dramatic expansion.

“The Bay Area Council has a bold vision not only for the Bay Area’s economic growth, but also for continuing its successful development as an organization in order to meet the needs and challenges of the region it serves,” said Hawk. “I am excited to join the Council’s talented management team and help assure financial viability as the organization advances it’s mission to make the Bay Area the most innovative, globally competitive, and sustainable region in the world.”

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