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Mona Lisa Tekchandani


Senior Associate Director in Stanford’s Office of Development; focused on raising philanthropic support for Stanford Impact Labs

When did you start working at Stanford? How long have you been involved with ASF?

I’m a Stanford boomerang! First here from 2007-2011 where I worked at Stanford Earth. I returned in 2015 to the Office of Development. I joined ASF as a board member in 2016.

What kind of work do you do at Stanford?

In the Office of Development, our goal is to help raise support for important university initiatives including students, faculty and all of the great work happening.

What is your hometown?

I grew up in Michigan, and now call San Francisco home!

Why are you involved with ASF?

I love my Asian American heritage! I hope to build a sense of shared community with all Asian Americans (sometimes it can feel like there’s a division and I want to work to build bridges). I also want to celebrate our multicultural and diverse background and I invite all (from all backgrounds not just Asian) to learn and find those commonalities that bring us together.

What are your interests and hobbies?

I love cooking, reading, watching sports, travel and being in the great outdoors!

Board function: 
At Large – past chair/board member