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Cathy Cha

Haas, Jr. Fund Names Cathy Cha as President

| by Denis Chicola

A bold new chapter in the Fund’s history of collaborative, values-driven philanthropy

Appointment of former Vice President of Programs is capstone of two-year leadership transition.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Board of Directors of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund today announced that Cathy Cha has officially stepped into her new role as President of the Fund. Cha’s appointment is the capstone of a…

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Raquiba LaBrie and John Govea

Haas, Jr. Fund Welcomes Two New Program Directors

| by Denis Chicola in Fund News

Social change leaders tapped to guide the Fund’s Immigrant Rights, Education Equity programs

John Govea, Raquiba LaBrie to play key roles in the Fund’s ongoing work to advance rights and create opportunities for all people.

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund announced today that it has hired new staff leaders for its Immigrant Rights and Education Equity programs. John Govea, a former senior program officer with the Robert Wood Jo…

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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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A Special Grantmaking Initiative

| by Denis Chicola

Honoring Ira Hirschfield’s Leadership

With Ira Hirschfield stepping down as president, the Directors of the Haas, Jr. Fund are making $1 million in grants to 45 organizations whose work has been especially meaningful to Ira.

The board of directors of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund are pleased to announce a special grantmaking program in honor of Ira Hirschfield’s visionary and effective leadership of the Fund over the past 28 year…

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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 S…

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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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