The Haas, Jr. Fund is a private family foundation led by the children of the late Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr.: Walter J. Haas is Chair of the board of trustees, Robert D. Haas is Treasurer and Betsy Haas Eisenhardt is Secretary.
Ira Hirschfield, the only non-family member who sits on the board, is also the Fund’s president.
Walter J. Haas joined the Fund’s Board of Trustees in 1972 and has served since early 1996 as the Fund’s Co-Chair with his mother, Evelyn D. Haas, until her passing in 2010. He is now Chair of the Fund.
A love of sports and community service guides Walter in his long-standing involvement in business, philanthropic and educational organizations, and he draws on all of that experience in his role as Co-Chair and Trustee of the Fund.
Robert D. Haas joined the Fund’s Board of Trustees in 1992 and currently serves as the Board’s Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Committee. His deep knowledge and experience in both business and philanthropy informs his work as a trustee of the Haas, Jr. Fund. Mr. Haas' community involvement is extensive. Currently, he is a Berkeley Fellow and serves on the Advisory Board of the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and the Stanford Humanities and Sciences Council.
Betsy Haas Eisenhardt joined the Fund’s Board of Trustees in 1992 and currently serves as the Board’s Secretary. She devotes her time and talent to her family and her community. Betsy Eisenhardt's leadership in the Fund’s support of children and families is informed by her life as a mom, her decades of volunteer work on improving schools and her academic training.
Ira S. Hirschfield has served as President and a Trustee of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund since 1992. He has led the implementation of the Fund’s vision for a just and caring society where all people are able to live, work and raise their families with dignity.
A common theme in Mr. Hirschfield’s work is a commitment to advancing and protecting fundamental rights and opportunities for all people. To that end, the Fund focuses its work in immigrant rights and integration, equality for gays and lesbians, education opportunities to close the achievement gap for children and young adults, and nonprofit leadership development.