Philanthropy Department

It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals’ philanthropic efforts 100 years ago. Their efforts — and those of our supporters today — have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct. It enables City of Hope to strive for new breakthroughs and better therapies — helping more people enjoy longer, better lives.
For more information on supporting any of our programs, please contact our Philanthropy Department at 800-667-5310 or Or, to make a gift that supports all the research at City of Hope, donate online now. We thank you for your support.

Tina Pakfar, DPPD
Vice President, Philanthropy

Direct: 626-218-6126

Tina Pakfar has lost many family members, including her parents, to cancer. Their experiences inspire her to work so that patients receive excellent care at a place where they and their families truly feel taken care of. Tina works with philanthropists to advance City of Hope’s research and treatment for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood diseases.

Rick Leonard
Associate Vice President
Direct: 626-218-7218

From firsthand experience within his own family, Rick Leonard understands the strain that cancer places on patients and their loved ones. That empathy drives him to make a difference for them through his work. Rick promotes philanthropy to advance City of Hope’s programs in urologic oncology, including prostate, bladder and kidney cancers, as well as lung and thoracic cancers.

Janet Morgan
Senior Development Officer

Phone: 626-218-6250

Cancer has had a profound impact on Janet Morgan’s life. Having lost both her father and her best friend to the disease, she feels deeply connected to City of Hope’s mission — and the chance to make a difference. Janet works with the Women’s Cancers Program and the anesthesiology team to gain philanthropic support.

Joe Komsky
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 626-218-6291

Joe Komsky has a passion for working in health care and, in particular, the opportunity to help people overcome the turmoil of cancer and enjoy longer lives. Joe gathers philanthropic support for City of Hope’s doctors and scientists seeking to defeat colorectal, stomach, esophageal, liver and pancreatic cancers, as well as the radiation oncology and diagnostic radiology teams.

Julie Hara
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 626-218-0869

Julie Hara has watched family members and a good friend battle cancer. These experiences, along with a desire to make a difference, led Julie to City of Hope to help raise funds to treat and cure cancer. Julie works with philanthropists to support City of Hope’s research and treatment for skin cancer, head and neck cancers, pediatric cancers and brain tumors. Julie also gathers philanthropic support for the Department of Supportive Care Medicine.

Amy Cook, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Phone: 626-218-6228

After her brother was diagnosed with childhood cancer, Amy found her passion at a young age; advancing research and treatment of cancer.  She received her Ph.D from City of Hope in Hematology and hopes that her unique perspective on scientific research will help others understand how our cutting-edge research accelerates City of Hope’s mission.  Amy’s goal is to enhance meaningful philanthropy in support of the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center.

Kimberly Wah
Patient Liaison Special Services Director

Phone: 626-218-6305

For Kimberly Wah, watching her grandmother battle cancer drove home how much more can be done to help older adults who face the disease. Kimberly always wanted to work in the health field and found serving patients as a way to contribute. As a patient navigator, Kimberly strives to build relationships, improve coordination of patient care and support patients as they are making their way through City of Hope.

Clare Williams
Chief Liaison, Patient Special Services
Phone: 626-241-7133

Clare Williams’ mission is personal. Since losing her father to lymphoma in 2010, she has been able to see how far treatment and research has come, and how much further we still need to go. As chief liaison for patient special services, she is available to patients and families who come to City of Hope, helping them make seamless transitions through the journey of their own treatment.

Jackie Ferron
Phone: 626-218-6333

About 20 years ago, Jackie Ferron lost a close family member to cancer and it changed her life. That tragedy motivates her to help make happier endings for other families through her work at City of Hope. Jackie provides primary support for Rick Leonard, Joe Komsky and Julie Hara.

Natalie Chavez
Phone: 626-218-6381

One memory that has stayed with Natalie Chavez comes from the first time she attended the Celebration of Life Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion. She was deeply touched and inspired by seeing the thousands of survivors and their loved ones gathered — a larger family built at City of Hope. Natalie provides primary support for the Patient Special Services and Philanthropy team.

Roberta Aranda
Phone: 626-218-6334

Roberta Aranda has seen many friends and family suffer from cancer. She fully supports City of Hope’s dedication to making a difference in the lives of people with cancer.