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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Citizenship fair Letter from the President

Working Together for Progress

| by Ira Hirschfield in Fund News

Spring 2016 Letter from the President

As the Presidential election sparks heated debate about the future of our country, the Fund remains committed to supporting the incredible work of our grantee partners.

The Presidential election has surfaced deep differences and sparked heated debate about the future of the country. It is against this backdrop of change and uncertainty that I find hope and inspiration in the steadf…

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Ira Hirschfield with founders

Ira Hirschfield to Step Down as President

| by Denis Chicola in Fund News

Longtime Haas, Jr. Fund President Recognized for His Bold, Visionary Leadership

From the transformation of San Francisco’s Crissy Field to the national campaign for marriage equality, Ira Hirschfield has played a key leadership role in major initiatives reflecting the Fund’s commitment to advancing rights and creating opportunities.

Ira S. Hirschfield, President and Trustee of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund in San Francisco, will be stepping down at the end of 2016. During his 28 years of visionary and highly effective leadership, the Haa…

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Ira Hirschfield, Walter J. Haas, Betsy Haas Eisenhardt, and Robert D. Haas at Crissy Field

Reflecting on Ira Hirschfield’s Leadership

| by Walter J. Haas in Fund News

The Fund’s Trustees describe our departing President’s passion for philanthropy and for “lifting aspirations.

In a letter to the Fund’s partners and colleagues, Trustees Walter J. Haas, Robert D. Haas and Betsy Haas Eisenhardt offer their perspectives on Ira Hirschfield’s “visionary and highly effective” leadership. Ira “has dared so many of us to dream,” they write.

Ira Hirschfield will be stepping down in December 2016 as President and Trustee of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund after 28 years of visionary and highly effective leadership. Ira has been a constant source of…

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