Elise Haas’s commitment to philanthropy is founded on a deep belief in the power of movements to advance understanding and action on issues of equity and justice.
Elise Haas is a committed philanthropist and a passionate advocate for immigrant rights. Through her personal philanthropy, Elise helped establish the Haas Dreamer’s Resource Center at UC Berkeley. The center provides critical services for undocumented students at the university, including academic counseling, mental health support, peer support, and access to a range of other resources.
Elise serves on the boards of the Levi Strauss Foundation and Define American, a Haas, Jr. Fund partner and grantee that is working to shift the conversation about immigrants, identity and citizenship. She also is a member of the Leadership Council of Educators for Fair Consideration.
Elise is a former award-winning show jumper and was a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team. In 2000, she was awarded the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy by the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and lives in Palo Alto.
I am inspired by the courage of all those who use their voices to change how we see and understand critical issues. It’s a reminder of the remarkable things that can happen when we participate in movements for equity and justice.