Bea Calo serves as The Christensen Fund’s Director of Grantmaking (the DoG), and has oversight over the Program Officer and Grants Administration teams. In this leadership role Bea works to enhance the quality and impact of our grantmaking while strengthening Christensen’s efforts to effectively evaluate and communicate our programmatic outcomes and learning.
Bea was Christensen’s Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for seven years where she had oversight over our human resources, information technology, facilities and communications areas. She was responsible for internationalizing our operations and initiating branding and communications strategies.
Bea has 25+ years of diverse international business experience, from strategic planning and product development to negotiating and structuring international joint ventures and alliances working mainly with start-up and high growth companies. As Director of International Business Strategy at E*TRADE Financial, Bea was instrumental in opening up new markets for the online financial services brand, helping to develop one of the first cross-border electronic securities trading platforms. Other professional experience includes various positions in finance, brokerage operations and branch administration at Charles Schwab Corporation; as an economic researcher at the University of California, Davis; and as a management consultant both independently and with a technology consulting firm.
Bea holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from University of California, Davis, and published her dissertation, entitled: Chicano Entrepreneurship in Rural California: An Empirical Analysis. She completed a Master’s of International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Born in The Philippines, Bea grew up in southern Mindanao, upstate New York, Hawaii and Tanzania. She has done volunteer work with a number of organizations in the US and abroad including Christian Peacemaker Teams, Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA. Additionally, Bea has served on the board of several 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, mysteries, hiking, scuba diving and hanging with far-flung friends and family.
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