Sepi Aghdaee

Program Officer

Sepi supports the Fund’s grantmaking across programs and issues, including longtime community partnerships in the Bay Area.

As program officer, Sepi supports grantmaking toward the Haas Jr. Fund’s mission to advance rights and create opportunities, with a focus on the Fund’s work with anchor Bay Area partners such as Crissy Field and the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund.

Before joining the Fund in 2018, Sepi worked for more than a decade in various roles focused on advancing equity and achieving better outcomes for young people and families. She has managed health education services in high school-based health centers and worked as a community relations coordinator focused on organizing childcare workers in San Francisco. Working for Oakland City Council member (now Mayor) Libby Schaaf, Sepi helped shepherd a redistricting law through the council that will bring more power and voice to low-income residents of color in the city.  

In 2016, Sepi was selected as the Equity Agenda Fellow at the San Francisco Foundation; the fellowship is aimed at bringing emerging leaders of color into philanthropy and developing their leadership skills. While at the San Francisco Foundation, Sepi was deeply involved in the community foundation’s efforts to improve racial and economic outcomes in the Bay Area.

Sepi earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. She also holds a master’s degree in public policy and business administration from Mills College.

Throughout my life, I have seen firsthand the transformational power of supporting people and organizations working on the front lines of social change. I am honored to be working for an organization that is laser-focused on issues of equity and opportunity for everyone.