Hilda Polanco

Founder & CEO | FMA

As Founder and CEO, Hilda has led FMA to become the go-to advisor that foundation and nonprofit leaders seek when building their financial management capacity. A nationally recognized and sought after leader in the field, Hilda serves the sector in many ways. Hilda has served as an adjunct professor for Columbia University's Department of Health Policy and Management Executive Education program, and is a frequent instructor for Columbia Business School's Programs in Social Enterprise. Hilda was a founding member of the selection committee of the New York Nonprofit Excellence Awards, established by the New York Times and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee.

When not speaking publicly or leading FMA's team, she provides direct capacity building, training, and coaching services to foundations and nonprofits throughout the country. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the New York Better Business Bureau Foundation, as well as on the Board (as Audit Committee Chair) for Acelero Learning, an organization that works with local communities to support high quality Head Start programs. Additionally, Hilda serves on the National Advisory Board of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy and is Treasurer of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. Hilda served on the NYC Human Services Council's special commission to study the closure of high-profile human services organizations.

In 2016, Hilda was recognized as a Leap of Reason Ambassador for being a nonprofit thought leader and practitioner. Her previous honors include SmartCEO magazine's New York Brava! award for Top Female CEO, the Social Entrepreneur Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners-New York City, an award from WHEDCO for outstanding leadership in the field of nonprofit finance, and the Latina Excellence Award in Community Service from HISPANIC Magazine.

Hilda graduated from NYU with a BA in Accounting and started her career with Ernst & Young.


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