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 J. Haas 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 Haas, Jr. Fund.
When the Haas, Jr. family owned the Oakland A’s, Walter J. Haas was the club’s executive vice president (1980-87), chief operating officer (1988-89), and then CEO and chairman (1993-95). Since 1995, he has served on the board of directors of Levi Strauss & Co. and as a member of the company's Corporate Ethics and Social Responsibility Committee.
He is chairman of the board of Coaching Corps, an organization that believes in the power of sports to help young people grow into healthy, resilient and confident adults. Team-Up for Youth fosters high quality physical activity for children, addressing economic, cultural and gender barriers that keep many off the playing field.
Walter J. Haas also serves on the board of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. He has served on the boards of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, San Francisco Urban School and Marin Country Day School.
As an avid and loyal Cal fan, he has contributed his leadership to many of the university’s fundraising efforts.