Accountant and Donor Researcher
As a beneficiary and product of Princess Pauahi’s endowment established in the 19th century intended to last in perpetuity and now valued over $10 billion, Nani Chang has been raised to honor kupuna [elders / ancestors] while working industriously in the present to provide the infrastructure to nurture a better future.
Tri-City Hospital Foundation is Nani’s 7th non-profit. Almost 30 years ago, Nani [rhymes with “money”] started her accounting career at the San Diego office of Big 8 Accounting firm Arthur Young. Her CPA (inactive) license is with the Minnesota Board of Accountancy.
Nani Chang’s experience includes: Project Manager for UnitedHealth Group, Financial Analyst for Girl Scouts San Diego Council, Director of Finance for Life Foundation fighting AIDS in Hawai‘i and the Pacific, Manager of Analysis & Quality Assurance for Augsburg Fortress Publishers in Minneapolis, Director of Finance for Honolulu Community Action Program and Controller for Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. The “Voyage to Kure” episodes of PBS “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Adventures” influenced President George W. Bush to establish Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
After attending Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama campus in Honolulu, Nani continued her education on the mainland with a Bachelor’s degree in English from Mills College, a Paralegal Certificate in Probate Estates & Trusts from the University of San Diego followed with a first career of seven years as a Probate, Estates and Trust Paralegal which led to a Master’s Degree in Accountancy from San Diego State University.
Always an avid learner for best practices, Nani is a member of IIBA [International Institute of Business Analysis], AFP [Association of Fundraising Professionals], PMI [Project Management Institute] having served as Treasurer for the Honolulu chapter and lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA.