Cathy Cha

Welcoming the Fund’s New President

| by Walter J. Haas

Cathy Cha brings a record of collaborative results and a passion for fairness and justice to her new role.

In a letter to partners and colleagues, the Fund’s Board of Directors praises Cha as an innovator and a powerful champion for families and communities.

We are delighted to announce that we have named Cathy Cha President of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Over the past two years, Cathy has served as the Fund’s Vice President of Programs during a planned leader…

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Jennie Watson and Cathy Cha at Crissy Field

Starting a New Chapter of Leadership

| by Walter J. Haas in Fund News

The Fund’s Board of Directors announce Jennie Lehua Watson and Cathy Cha to leadership posts.

In a letter to the Fund’s partners and colleagues, Directors Walter J. Haas, Robert D. Haas and Betsy Haas Eisenhardt publicly welcome Watson and Cha as an “outstanding” leadership team for the Fund.

We are pleased to announce two important leadership changes to help us ensure that our family foundation can continue—and strengthen—its work to help advance rights and create opportunities for all people. Jennie Le…

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Ira Hirschfield, Walter J. Haas, Betsy Haas Eisenhardt, and Robert D. Haas at Crissy Field

Reflecting on Ira Hirschfield’s Leadership

| by Walter J. Haas in Fund News

The Fund’s Trustees describe our departing President’s passion for philanthropy and for “lifting aspirations.

In a letter to the Fund’s partners and colleagues, Trustees Walter J. Haas, Robert D. Haas and Betsy Haas Eisenhardt offer their perspectives on Ira Hirschfield’s “visionary and highly effective” leadership. Ira “has dared so many of us to dream,” they write.

Ira Hirschfield will be stepping down in December 2016 as President and Trustee of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund after 28 years of visionary and highly effective leadership. Ira has been a constant source of…

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