Founding Partner, Board Chairperson & President
Harris myCFO, Inc.
Director of Philanthropy, Estate and Trust Services
Los Angeles, CA
Claudia Sangster is Director of Philanthropy, Estate and Trust Services with Harris myCFO, Inc., a service within the Harris Private Bank, and President and Executive Director of the myCFO Foundation. She has more than 25 years of experience working with wealthy individuals and families to design and implement their estate and philanthropic strategies. Ms. Sangster is responsible for managing the philanthropy services division for Harris myCFO which includes negotiation of gifts on behalf of clients, the structuring and implementation of the clients’ charitable vehicles for giving and in working with families to create its legacy of giving through multiple generations. Ms. Sangster designs and facilitates family meetings to provide educational programs for next generation members with the goal to prepare the heirs for inheritance and responsible stewardship of the family’s wealth. Additionally, Ms. Sangster assists clients in identifying and establishing appropriate governance structures for multi-generational families in order to enhance family unity and to help preserve all aspects of the family’s capital—financial, intellectual, human and social.
She is former President and current Board member of the Associated Women for Pepperdine University, a Life Associate for Pepperdine University, current Board member of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, current advisory board member of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, Trustee of the Nicholas Endowment, and former President and current member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (formerly the Planned Giving Round Table of Southern California) and its national counterpart. Claudia is a faculty member for the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies for California State University, Long Beach. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the state bar associations of Texas and California, and the L.A. and Beverly Hills Bar Associations. She is a Founding Partner of LASVP, served as a volunteer Director of LASVP’s Board in 2006 – 2007 and 2009 - 2010. She has been the Board Chairperson since 2010.