Victoria Hardy is the Controller and Director of Finance for HSF. She is an MBA and Senior Financial Planning Professional with 20+ years of experience in finance, accounting and operations. She has strong strategy, process improvement and analytical skills. Prior to joining HSF, she spent 9 years in entrepreneurial start-ups and 12 years in corporate roles. As an entrepreneur, she performed turnarounds, bought and sold businesses and created a Vacation Rental Service from the ground up. Her corporate experience includes, Comcast Cable Communications, Paramount Pictures, Lady Luck Casino and Hollywood Park. As Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis at Comcast, A cable, telephony and high speed internet provider, she helped the company through 3 mergers and the launch of Digital Cable. She modeled the organizational initiative to migrate the customer base from analog to digital, developed Key Performance Indicators, rolled out a Hyperion database, and managed a $500M budget process including both revenue and operating expense. Previous to Comcast, she was at Paramount Pictures in Home Video. While there, she was responsible for the domestic and international budgets, quarterly re-forecasts, and financial analysis. In 1999, she received her MBA in finance from Loyola Marymount University and completed her undergraduate degree in 1991 at the University of Vermont.
Being involved in for-profit companies all my life, I had never really considered working for a non-profit. HSF may be a non-profit, but it functions more like a start-up. The bottom line is all we think about because we know that our mission is vital to both the Latino population and the country as a whole. We need an educated America! I am not Latino myself. However my daughter and members of my family are. Thru them, I have been able to vicariously experience many challenges that our students and their families face every day. I was the first in my family to graduate from college. My mother attended 2 years of a four year college, but then dropped out. She had a small bookkeeping service that she ran out of the house. My father went from the Navy to IBM and stayed there for 30 years. They were so proud when I graduated. I could see it in their eyes. My younger sister followed in my footsteps and became a registered nurse. I want other families to experience the success of higher education and doors to the future that open as a result. I work hard, but I don’t mind because I love what I do and I love why I do it.