News & Views

Pfaffinger Foundation Names New Senior Officers

LOS ANGELES, CA–April 27, 2020 — Pfaffinger Foundation has named Sally Melvin-Pick as President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Melvin-Pick was previously Vice President and Program Director of the Los Angeles-based foundation.  For the past ten years, Ms. Melvin-Pick has provided strategic leadership of the Foundation’s programs and special initiatives.  She is responsible for overseeing all grantmaking and brings expertise in aging issues, mental health, and case management.

Kristal Miranda has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer from her prior position as Controller, a role she has held since joining the Foundation in 2017.  Ms. Miranda is responsible for overseeing the financial management of the Foundation, analyzing financial and accounting system data and outcomes, and regulatory compliance.

Ms. Melvin-Pick succeeds Stephen C. Meier, who will continue as Board Chair.  “We are very pleased to see the next generation of management assume these roles at Pfaffinger,” he said.  “Sally Melvin-Pick and Kristal Miranda have been invaluable in our efforts to strengthen and revitalize Pfaffinger’s programs and processes.”

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Melvin-Pick previously served as the Director of Mental Health Services at WISE & Healthy Aging from 2008-2010 and, prior to that, as a Clinical Social Worker at Counseling and Psychological Services at UCLA from 2000-2008.  Earlier she served as Director of Social Services for the Century City Hospital Psychiatric Institute and in several other progressively responsible positions.   She obtained her Bachelor of Arts at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, and her Masters of Social Work at the University of California, Los Angeles.

As Controller, Kristal Miranda joined Pfaffinger three years ago with responsibilities for accounting and financial functions.  Previously she served for over a decade as an Accounting Specialist at TeamCFO, a financial consulting firm providing clients with CFO and accounting services on both an interim and ongoing basis.   She attended DeVry University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude.

Pfaffinger Foundation, one of the oldest private foundations in Los Angeles, was established in 1936 by Frank Pfaffinger to provide assistance to needy employees and former employees of the Los Angeles Times and its sister companies.  Mr. Pfaffinger was the longtime Business Manager of the Times and Treasurer of its parent company, Times Mirror. In 2019, Pfaffinger assisted about 400 clients.  Its services are proving to be vitally important at a time when the newspaper industry is rapidly downsizing.

Farewell to a Friend

The Southland Credit Union’s branch at Second & Spring Streets in downtown Los Angeles will be closing on Friday, March 31, 2017.  This location was the last home of the Los Angeles Times Federal Credit Union (later Cityside Credit Union) until it was acquired by Southland in 2009.  After the acquisition, credit union employees under manager Alex Kort continued to provide excellent customer service to employees, retirees, and their families.

The original Los Angeles Times Federal Credit Union was founded in 1935, about a year before Pfaffinger Foundation.   For years, Pfaffinger guaranteed the credit union’s loans to needy employees who would not otherwise qualify.   We want to take note of this long history, and to thank the credit union’s employees for their faithful service.

Pfaffinger’s New Home

Pfaffinger Foundation has relocated its offices about five blocks east of our former location.  They are about a 12-minute walk from the Los Angeles Times’ Spring St. entrance.

Located in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, the new offices are in the Pacific Commerce Bank building on the southeast corner of San Pedro and Third Street:

 Pfaffinger Foundation
420 E. Third St., Suite 1010
Los Angeles, CA  90013


The new offices provide Pfaffinger clients with validated parking in the building—enter the lot off Boyd St.  There is also metered street parking on Third St. and on San Pedro.


The Foundation’s telephone number, email address, and fax number are unchanged.   See Contact Us.