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Victoria L. Hardy

Victoria L. Hardy

Controller and Director of Finance, Hispanic Scholarship Fund

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As Controller and Director of Finance,  Victoria supports the CFO in managing HSF’s financial operations .   She is responsible for month-end close, preparing audit work schedules, budgets and ad hoc financial analysis and leads the finance and accounting team in the process of continuous improvement, documentation, and cross-training.  

Victoria came to HSF after spending 9 years in entrepreneurial start-ups and 12 years in corporate finance and accounting roles. Prior to joining HSF, she was the managing member of a commercial laundry and a vacation rental and concierge service.  In these roles, she implemented processes, created procedures, sought funding, evaluated acquisitions, and oversaw all accounting, finance, and operations for the businesses.

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 for the Western Region 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 expenses. 

Prior to joining 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 title acquisition analysis.  Victoria has B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance, from the University of Vermont, and an M.B.A. in finance from Loyola Marymount University.

Our mission is vital to both the Hispanic 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 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 at a four-year college, but then stopped to start a family.  She had a 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 that higher education brings and the doors to future opportunities 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.

I don’t believe in luck.  I believe in being prepared and having opportunities.  You need both.  HSF empowers students to take control of their futures;  to create opportunities for themselves and be prepared to take full advantage of them, when they come.

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