Hilary Mahan, Executive Director
Hilary brings a deep appreciation for education and the public-school system, as well as extensive experience in program development, fundraising and event planning in the nonprofit sector, to the team at MBEF. In partnership with the Board of Directors, District liaisons and local education stakeholders, Hilary is responsible for developing, integrating, and carrying-out fundraising and outreach initiatives to support the financial health and growth of the organization. Hilary has served in several capacities on the Robinson Elementary PTSA Executive Board, including PTSA President and Vice President of Community Outreach. Prior to joining the MBEF team, Hilary served as Communications Chair on the MBEF Board of Directors for several years. While on the Board, she was also a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Grants Committee. Hilary holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Communications and English from UC Santa Barbara and is certificated in Public Relations and Event Planning from UCLA Extension and the Emerging Leaders program through the Leadership Institute of the Non-Profit Partnership. Hilary and her husband live in Manhattan Beach with their son Trey and two daughters, Ella and Alana. All three children attend Manhattan Beach public schools.
David S. Brennan, Director of Development & Partnerships
David is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships between MBEF and the local community, including parents, PTAs and businesses throughout the South Bay and beyond. Focused on implementing solicitation strategies for new and increased donations, David actively connects prospective partners with the programs and leadership of MBEF. David also coordinates events to share MBEF’s mission, including donor appreciation events and the prestigious Manhattan Wine Auction.
David brings over two decades experience working in the non-profit sector, including the charitable arms of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Clippers. Most recently David served as Senior Director, Programs & Fundraising at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), overseeing its fundraising efforts and program initiatives. In that role, David managed the Dodgers Dreamfields program, where he oversaw the construction of 44 baseball and softball fields and instituted the team’s first 50/50 raffle program in 2016, which has raised millions of dollars for LADF to support its charitable giving and programs. Throughout his career, David’s primary goal has been to make a difference in local communities through social impact, in particular the lives of youth.
David holds a BA, Sociology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. He has been a resident of Manhattan Beach since 2006, and in his free time he loves to hit the beach and body surf at the bottom of Marine Avenue.
Kristi Buckley, Operations and Project Manager
Kristi helps manage MBEF’s fundraising efforts, coordinate special events and oversee all internal operations. An experienced sales and marketing professional, Kristi has over 8 years’ experience as a commercial real estate property manager. Skilled in negotiation, leasing, real estate transaction and marketing, Kristi brings a wealth of knowledge to the MBEF team. Prior to joining MBEF, Kristi served on the Executive Board of the Manhattan Beach Middle School as the MBEF Site Representative. Kristi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communications from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and lives in Manhattan Beach with her twin boys Carter and Owen who attend MBUSD schools.
Lisa Dupuis, Development Associate
Lisa is responsible for providing administrative support to MBEF staff, as well as helping to coordinate tasks related to the Annual Appeal, Wine Auction, Business Sponsorship and Real Estate Partner programs. Prior to her role at MBEF, Lisa worked for the Torrance School District as a Business Office Manager, a Realtor and Property Manager in Honolulu, and a Case Manager for non-profit organizations specializing in domestic violence, mental health and dual diagnosis. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from CSU Long Beach.
Yusun Lee, Database Management Director
As the Database Management Director since 2009, Yusun is responsible for managing the MBEF website and fundraising database which includes entering and tracking gifts, maintaining data integrity, and generating reports. Yusun also manages the website and helps coordinate all electronic communication. Prior to joining MBEF, she worked for IBM as an IT Specialist. Yusun holds a BS in Computer Science from UCSD. Yusun and her husband Joseph live in Redondo Beach and their daughter, Jocelyn, attends USC.
Lan Shirazi, Finance Consultant
Lan is a former MBEF Board Member. She has served on the Board from 2005 to 2012, Co-VP Operations from 2011-2012, Treasurer from 2009-2011, Chairing the Compliance and Audit Committee from 2007-2009. Lan, a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor Degree in Economics, became a CPA in 1993, worked in banking and public accounting for twelve years before dedicating her time volunteering in her community. She was on the Executive Boards of Grand View Elementary PTA, serving as treasurer from 2007 to 2009, and as a vice president 2009-2010. Currently, she is in her third year volunteering as Treasurer for the Mira Costa High School Track & Field Booster. She is also a volunteer for Reading Partners since 2011.