Staff Leadership
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Alex Ben Morales, L.C.S.W.
President & CEO (since 1988)
Under Alex’s leadership, Children’s Bureau formed a visionary plan and raised $22+ million through 600 generous individuals and foundations to make it a reality. These resources have been used to build the Magnolia Place Family Center and be the “founding spark” of the Magnolia Community Initiative in Los Angeles pioneered by a large community network. This revolutionary initiative will become a national model/framework for building community wellness, resiliency, prevention and family support. Magnolia Community Initiative seeks to help ALL of the 35,000 children and youth within 500 blocks achieve success in education, health and receive nurturing care and economic stability form their families and community. Most recently, under Alex’s leadership, Children's Bureau launched the Belong Institute to serve as a “national megaphone” for learning from the Magnolia Community Initiative. Belong Institute will promote replication nationally of the community wellness framework through training and advocacy. Alex has a Masters degree in social work and a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics.

Jacqueline Meek
Chief Development Officer (since 2012)
Mrs. Meek joined the Children’s Bureau as the Director of Individual Giving in July 2011 and became the Chief Development Officer in August 2012. She is responsible for our private fundraising efforts as well as overseeing all aspects of the agency’s marketing and public relations activities. Jacqueline has spent more than a decade raising money for non-profit educational institutions and serving of their boards. Her background is in accounting and finance and has diverse management experience across domestic and international operations, with particular emphasis in the financial services industry. She has held senior management positions at Airport Group International, Union Bank of California, and Deloitte & Touche. She received her B.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Oklahoma and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Sona Chandwani, M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer (since 2010)
Ms. Chandwani is responsible for oversight of the agency's financial matters. Prior to joining Children's Bureau, she was the Chief Financial Officer of AIDS Project Los Angeles for more than six years. Additionally, she has worked in a strategic planning capacity with various non-profits, including the Austin Museum of Art and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

From 1992 to 1996, she worked at Arthur Andersen in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services Group specializing in financial services. Ms. Chandwani earned a master's degree in business administration from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. She received a bachelor's degree from UCLA in business and economics, with a minor in accounting. Ms. Chandwani is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of California.

Ron E. Brown, M.B.A.
Chief Program Officer (since 2000)
Mr. Brown manages the operations of Children's Bureau's foster care,adoption, mental health and child abuse prevention programs. He has helped to grow each program by acquiring larger contracts and implementing new services. He is also responsible for the agency's accreditation from the Council on Accreditation. Mr. Brown's background is in health care where prior to joining Children's Bureau, he worked for many years at Citrus Valley Hospice and Home Health, Inc. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from California State University, Long Beach.