Yjohanan (Hana) Kong

Donor Services Officer

Hana Kong joins the Community Foundation as the Donor Service Officer. She focuses on providing donors, advisors, and organizations with the highest level of service in support of their current and future philanthropic investment strategies and goals. Hana is a resource to identify missions and causes that align with donors’ values and the impact they’d like to see in Santa Cruz County and beyond.

Hana has dedicated her career to serving and strengthening communities, which has taken her across the globe from domestic violence shelters in Peru to migrant worker camps in China to delivering meal boxes for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) seniors with the United Way Santa Cruz County. Hana has developed a unique blend of philanthropy, digital marketing, business acumen, and a pinch of humor throughout her career and education. Most recently, Hana served as the Program Officer at Monterey Peninsula Foundation and centered her trust-based grant making efforts in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. Over the years, Hana built many meaningful relationships with local nonprofits and developed a deep love for this community. Hana remains committed to continuing this work of inspiring innovative, inclusive philanthropy to build a healthy, thriving Santa Cruz for all who live here – now and in the future.

Outside of the office, Hana is always seeking new way to broaden her experience and worldview through adventure, education, volunteering, community leadership, and board participation. Hana can be found handing out bags or directing (carefully) traffic at food bank distribution sites; helping local groups develop creative material to tell their story and mission; or simply walking on a trail or beach with her partner and pup, Roberto “Dylan”. Hana holds a Juris Doctor degree and Master of Legal Studies from the Monterey College of Law; and Master of Public Administration and Master of International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies… She has no plans to stop learning.

Ask Hana about…

Have questions about tax-wise giving options? What are our county’s most pressing needs? Or have questions about giving recommendations or nonprofits? Hana is your boots on the ground resource and guide. She is here to listen and partner with current and prospective donors on their philanthropic journey, and connect them to giving that brings them meaning and purpose.

Meet Other Staff Members


Hilary Bryant

Donor Services Director

Sam Leask

Philanthropic Services Director