Founding Trustee and Chairperson

Victoria P. Garchitorena is considered as one of the pillars of the Philippine non-profit arena. She was the founding Chair of the League of Corporate Foundations and Philippine Council for NGO Certification. She sits on the board of several organizations, extending her expertise to groups and associations whose advocacy mirror hers. She has been affiliated with the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation, EDSA People Power Commission, AIM Alumni Association, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, College of the Holy Spirit, International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Government, Management Association of the Philippines, among others. She was also a Board Member of the United States-based Council on Foundations and is a Senior Adviser of the World Bank’s Asia-Pacific Advisory Council Against Corruption.

She has served as the Senior Consultant of the Office of the President of the Philippines, the Head of the Presidential Management Staff, Secretary to the Cabinet, and a Director of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.



Recognized by the Filipina Women’s Network as one of the “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World,” Secretary Nicolas has been active in the migration and development field.

Prior to her appointment as SPARK President, sher was former chairperson of the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) from 2010 to 2016 a former Secretary of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) in 2005, former Chairperson of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) from 1992 to 1998, and Presidential Assistant helping cabinet secretaries in monitoring implementation of major government-funded infrastructures (from 1986 to 1992)

She was also chair of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WBCP) and a member of the NGOs represented at the Millennium Challenge Account – Philippines (MCA-P) Board.  She is a member of the Board of Tanghalan Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and The Lewis College, a family-owned educational institution in Sorsogon City.   

Before rejoining government in 2004, she was Vice-President for Development of TLC Beatrice International Holdings, Inc., a New York-based multinational company, and Managing Director of TLC Beatrice China. She was also the first Filipina representative in the APEC Business Advisory Council (or ABAC) for the Philippines, 2002-2004.

She graduated magna cum laude at St. Theresa’s College, Manila and took M.A. units in Arts History at Columbia University, New York.

She has been a lifetime advocate for women’s rights and good governance.  She was the head of the Philippine delegation during the 10th anniversary of the Beijing UN Conference on Women held in 1995.


Vice President

Amina is  the President of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy Council (PCID) and a Managing Trustee of the Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc. (MKFI). She was a former Presidential Adviser on Youth Affairs and first Chairperson of the National Youth Commission during the Ramos administration.



Boots Garcia is the Chairperson of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines -an advocacy group composed of the country’s top women business leaders and entrepreneurs.  The organization seeks to promote women-led and women-owned enterprises through networking and through the use of technology. She is currently the President of CIBACAPITAL Philippines Inc., the Philippine affiliate of CBA-Asia, a regional multidisciplinary professional services organization with other operations in Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand. CIBACAPITAL provides business advisory and corporate finance services.



Mel  Alonzo has over 30 years of financial management experience, with 24 years in top management positions.She has served 10 years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) and is among the highly respected individuals in the housing industry. She used to be the Chairperson of the Small Business Guarantee and Finance Corporation (SBGFC) and ultimately was named the first Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry for Small and Medium Enterprise Development. Currently, she is a member of the board of trustees of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). He was SPARK President 2012-2017, succeeded Ms Imelda Nicolas.



Tanya is the Executive Director of the International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov). Initially a molecular biologist by training, she has, over the years slowly moved into natural resource policy, indigenous people’s rights, governance, human security and democratic politics.


She is a writer/ columnist to different print media in the Philippines. She was also the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.

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Pat Sarenas is currently the Chairperson of Caucus of Development – NGO Networks, the biggest network of development organizations in the Philippines. She used to chair the Committee on Women in the House of Representatives as Abanse Pinay! Party List representative in the 11th and 12th Congress.

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She is an investment banker and financial analyst. She is currently the COO of Primeiro Partners, and a Board of Trustee of Philippine Development Foundation. Her international experience includes working at Morgan Stanley and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. She is a CPA with an MBA from Columbia University.



Jenny is a recipient of the prestigious Marie Curie ITN Fellowship of the Consortia for Excellence on Sustainable Peace-building which is funded by the European Commission. The Peace Studies program of the University of Bradford was her host University and she spent part of her field research in Barcelona Spain. She was a former member of the Junior Research Group on Civil Society and Multi-level Governance of the University of Muenster sponsored by the German Ministry for Science and Technology and housed in the historic city of Muenster as well as the Excellence Cluster on Networks of the European Center for Information Systems.

Dr. Elmaco is a co-Founder of Goals for Peace International which is an organization using sports and pedagogical tools to inculcate fundamental values in youth while encouraging them to become changemakers in their communities now operating in Colombia, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. She was former Project Manager for Asia of Women without Borders in Vienna, Austria and the Austrian Foundation for World Population in International Development also in Vienna, Austria. Her first job was Project Director for Youth Affairs in the Office of the President, Malacanang Palace.

She holds a Masters Degree in Peace, Security, Development and International Conflict Transformation from the University of Innsbruck (Austria)and the Universidad Jaume I (Spain) with scholarships from the Afro-Asian Institute and the Bancaja Foundation. A European Commission scholarship gave her her Second Masters Degree in Global Studies from the University of Vienna and the University of Leipzig. She is a current Researcher of the Catedra UNESCO de Filosofia para la Paz under its International Doctorate in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies. She has presented papers in democracy, governance and civil society in the US, Europe and Asia and has published several articles in international books and academic journals as well as served as a reviewer.

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