Hani Burni, originally from Damascus, came to the United States 20 years ago to study at the University of Minnesota. He then attended St. Thomas University where he earned an MBA in Finance before returning to Minnesota to obtain his CPA qualification. Hani worked in the fields of logistics and accounting for a decade before traveling around the world. He eventually started his own import-export company in Lebanon but returned to the U.S. when COVID hit. After working several contract positions, including one with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation where he witnessed the homeless crisis in San Francisco, he accepted the role at RTP.
“I’ve lived a life chasing titles and better pay,” Hani said. “Now I want to use my skills in accounting and number crunching to help alleviate poverty and homelessness. The RTP mission aligns with my aspirations.”
After living in so many places, including in South America and Europe, Hani said traveling is finally out of his system. As a result of his travels, however, he is fluent in five languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and English.
In his free time, Hani loves to hike and has also developed a love for swimming. In fact, he is a certified lifeguard and swimming instructor. Hani eagerly awaits the arrival of his wife and 1 ½-year-old son who will soon travel from Lebanon to join him in California. Once they arrive, Hani is confident that his work and home will be complete. “I’m coming into a great chapter of my life,” he said.