Mary Anne Chern, FAHP, ACFRE, Senior Counsel
Mary Anne Chern, FAHP, ACFRE has 35+ years of nonprofit fundraising experience in Southern California. She is passionate about developing and implementing fundraising plans aligned with organizational strategy and believes that focus on key drivers will lead to success. Mary Anne has a strong track record in training award-winning fundraising teams, as well as engaging Board members and donors in philanthropy.
She is one of only seven individuals in the U.S. to achieve both Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) and Fellow of Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP) certifications. In addition, her expertise in Health Care Equity is in high demand. Her fundraising peers elected her as Chair of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy in 2010-11, and in 2015 she received the coveted Si Seymour Award, the highest recognition awarded for healthcare professional development and distinguished leadership in the fundraising profession.
Over her career, Mary Anne has conducted successful fundraising campaigns in diverse Greater Los Angeles communities including Hollywood, Covina, East Los Angeles, and Inglewood by tailoring the philanthropic approach to the culture of both the organization and community. For the past 24 years, she served at Adventist Health White Memorial in Downtown Los Angeles as the hospital’s Foundation President.
Mary Anne earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina with post-graduate studies at the University of California Santa Barbara.