Raquiba LaBrie and John Govea

Haas, Jr. Fund Welcomes Two New Program Directors

| by Denis Chicola in Fund News

Social change leaders tapped to guide the Fund’s Immigrant Rights, Education Equity programs

John Govea, Raquiba LaBrie to play key roles in the Fund’s ongoing work to advance rights and create opportunities for all people.

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund announced today that it has hired new staff leaders for its Immigrant Rights and Education Equity programs. John Govea, a former senior program officer with the Robert Wood Jo…

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Girl with flag on father's shoulders Letter from the President

From Inspiration to Action

| by Jennie Lehua Watson in Fund News

Summer 2017 Letter from the Interim President

The Haas, Jr. Fund continues to engaged in deep, ongoing conversations with our many partners about what we can and should be doing differently to address the challenges and the opportunities of this moment.

It was six months ago when I stepped into my current role as Interim President of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Since then, I have been inspired by the amazing upsurge of leadership and activism across this…

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Jennie Watson and Cathy Cha at Crissy Field

Starting a New Chapter of Leadership

| by Walter J. Haas in Fund News

The Fund’s Board of Directors announce Jennie Lehua Watson and Cathy Cha to leadership posts.

In a letter to the Fund’s partners and colleagues, Directors Walter J. Haas, Robert D. Haas and Betsy Haas Eisenhardt publicly welcome Watson and Cha as an “outstanding” leadership team for the Fund.

We are pleased to announce two important leadership changes to help us ensure that our family foundation can continue—and strengthen—its work to help advance rights and create opportunities for all people. Jennie Le…

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Jennie Watson and Cathy Cha at Crissy Field

Haas, Jr. Fund Announces New Leaders

| by Denis Chicola in Fund News

Fund staff members Jennie Lehua Watson, Cathy Cha promoted to top leadership roles

Watson to serve as interim president for two years. Cha is promoted to vice president of programs and will become Fund president in 2019.

The Board of Directors of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund today announced appointments to top staff positions. Jennie Lehua Watson, formerly the Fund’s vice president of special initiatives and communications,…

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Monica Pressley

Welcoming Monica Pressley

| by Denis Chicola in Fund News

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Names Monica Pressley as Chief Financial Officer

"Monica brings a wealth of experience in investment management and administration, along with a deep commitment to the power of philanthropy to strengthen our communities and change lives for the better" - Ira Hirschfield, president of the Haas, Jr. Fund.

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund announced today that Monica Pressley has been named Chief Financial Officer. She will assume her new position on November 2, 2016. Pressley joins the Haas, Jr. Fund from the San…

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VP of Finance Michael Blake to Step Down

| by Ira Hirschfield in Fund News

22 years of service at the Fund, and to the field of foundation finances

Michael has served as a superb and ethical steward of the Fund’s finances and a steadfast champion of its guiding values of equity and opportunity.

I am writing with the news that Michael Blake will be stepping down in December as Vice President of Finance with the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. In his 22 years at the Fund, Michael has served as…

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