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San Diego, CA 92182-5400
Telephone: 619-594-0851
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Trina Hester Trina Hester
Associate General Manager, Development & Grants

Trina Hester is the Associate General Manager, Development & Grants at KPBS. She serves on KPBS' management council and charts the course for the organization's philanthropic and foundation support. In her position, she builds strong relationships with donors and provides engagement opportunities that reach out into the communities of San Diego.

The development department focuses on key revenue areas including major gifts for special initiatives, reporting, and programming funds; planned giving that brings sustainability and a future for KPBS; and the KPBS Producers Club, the station's leadership giving program in support of general operations.

The diversity, engagement and grants department creates collaborative partnerships within the community and expands the reach of KPBS' educational programming. Foundation support provides essential resources for KPBS programming, the KPBS content desks, as well as community outreach projects such as One Book, One San Diego and the KPBS Kids workshop series. One Book is the station's largest engagement campaign comprised of over 100 annual events that reach English and Spanish-speaking readers of all ages throughout San Diego County and Tijuana. The KPBS Kids workshop series, in partnership with the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, brings PBS children's programming to life through hands-on workshops and events.

Trina joined KPBS in 2009 and was a volunteer reader for the KPBS Radio Reading Service for 10 years. Prior to KPBS, she worked in major gifts and development for San Diego State University's College of Arts and Letters.

Trina has lived in San Diego for 26 years and is an alumna of Point Loma Nazarene University. She has three children and five grandchildren and enjoys the outdoors, hiking, swimming at the beach, bicycling, travel, movies and museums.

Alex Kim Alex Kim
Director of Development

Alex Kim has a diverse background in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership experience. As development director, he manages relationships with major donors and planned giving donors to secure major funding for KPBS' core projects and operations.

Prior to KPBS, Alex served as director of philanthropy at Rady Children's Hospital and as a development officer for the College of Arts & Letters at San Diego State University. He has also served as development associate for Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego.

Alex received his undergraduate degree in marketing from San Diego State University and his masters degree in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of San Diego.

Alex is passionate about KPBS and works closely with its staff, members, and partners to advance the station's mission. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, Cross Fit, taking in the local craft beer scene, and watching Masterpiece Theatre.

P. Vien Nguyen, Esq.
Manager of Planned Giving and Major Gifts

P. Vien Nguyen serves as the manager of planned giving and major gifts at KPBS, where she helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals and secure the station's future through estate gifts.

Prior to KPBS, Vien was an associate attorney at a local law firm specializing in estate planning and administration. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Vien is a native San Diegan and has been an avid KPBS viewer since childhood. Outside of KPBS, she serves on the board of directors of Serving Seniors, a local non-profit organization that helps seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives.