Board of Trustees



Founder and Trustee

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.



Secretary Mely is the Chairperson of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. Since 1980, the CFO has been mandated to maintain strong and mutually beneficial ties between the country and Filipino communities throughout the world and to promote and protect the welfare, the interests and well-being of Filipinos overseas.







Vice President

She is  the President of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (Council) 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.

Andrea Maria Patricia M Sarenas







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.







Trustee and Executive Director
She is co-founder of Goals for Peace, International (Colombia, UK and the Philippines) – an organization that uses sports for development and peace initiatives. She is a  former Research Fellow of the European Commission Marie Curie Initial Training Network Sustainable Peace-building and member of the Research Group on European Civil Society and Multi-level Governance of the University of Muenster. She used to be Project Manager of Women without Borders in Vienna, the Austrian Foundation for World Population and International Development and the European Center for Information Systems in Germany. She is an awardee of the Marie Curie Fellowship, the Erasmus Mundus  Scholarship of the European Commission, the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (2002), Jose Rizal Model Student of the Philippines (2001) and the Ayala Young Leaders (2001).

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