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What I do

I am a financial leader who oversees capital expenditures of more than $1.6 billion capital. If City of Hope plans for a new building wing or other capital expense, my office is responsible for the financial analysis, planning, design and construction.

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Why I do it

My inspiration is my mother, who is a cancer survivor. I could do finances for anyone, but in doing it for City of Hope, I feel I’m helping the effort to cure cancer for all of us, our families, and as a legacy for my three daughters and grandbaby.

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My Big Career Moment

Shortly after being recruited by City of Hope, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and was saved by City of Hope. It made me realize that everything happens for a reason. My job allows me to give back to curing cancer in some way.

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Bringing service and financial leadership to the highest levels of her organization

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About the mentor

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Ana Guerra

Facilities Development, Project Administration
City Of Hope

Ana Guerra is a financial management professional with more than 20 years experience in profit and non-profit administration, internal audit, legal, projects and facilities management. Known as a meticulous leader with servant leadership, team engagement, and change ambassador skills, Ana has been with City of Hope (COH), in Duarte, California, for nine years.

In her facilities development and projects administration role, she acts as a chief financial analyst for the medical research facility’s capital expenditures program. That includes overseeing the financial planning and analysis for projects that range from adding a new building addition or parking lot handicap rail, to any capital project that can improve the patient experience.

Ana earned her AA degree in accounting. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a Masters of Business Administration with a focus in healthcare finance. Over nine years, her efforts have helped COH reap more than $300 million in capital projects savings. Before working at City of Hope, Ana also served in several roles with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. Those included staffing coordinator, senior financial analyst and senior internal auditor.

Ana loves volunteering, and some of her current outreach efforts include facilitating City of Hope’s weCARE program, which helps new employees understand and live the organization’s values. She’s also a passionate leader for Latinos for Hope, the COH outreach to the local community. Ana is fluent in Spanish, and enjoys translating for patients and family members who don’t speak English, and delivering Easter baskets for youngsters in the hospital’s Pediatric Department, as part of that effort. She is proud to work at a medical research center devoted to curing cancer and other major diseases.