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Searching for a New Program Director to Lead Immigrant Rights Work

| by Cathy Cha in Immigrant Rights

Haas, Jr. Fund Seeking Program Director for Immigrant Rights and Integration

At a time of great uncertainty for immigrant communities, the Fund is seeking a dynamic and strategic leader to oversee and strengthen its immigrant rights work.

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund is searching for a program director to lead our immigrant rights and integration work. The job requires a bold, passionate, creative leader—someone who can work with us and…

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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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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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Jose Antonio Vargas

CEO and Founder, Define American

The Pulitzer Prize-winning founder of Define American and #EmergingUS reflects on the value of curiosity and empathy, and about what it will take to change the politics of immigration.

Where are you from? Manila, Philippines. What did you eat for breakfast this morning? A hardboiled egg and a Starbucks venti iced coffee with soy milk. Where do you call home? Los Angeles, where my shoes are,…

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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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Naturalization Ceremony

How Citizenship Made Our Family’s American Dream Happen

| by Cathy Cha in Immigrant Rights

Reflections on the power of citizenship

Program Director, Cathy Cha, shares the story of her immigrant father and how the New Americans Campaign is working to eliminate the barriers for naturalization.

During Welcoming Week, I am reflecting on the story of my immigrant father and the act of citizenship that made our family’s American dream happen. My father, Hyoju, was born on a rice farm in South Korea. At age…

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Citizenship fair

Citizenship and Its Privileges

| by Victoria Rodarte in Immigrant Rights

Reflections on helping new Americans navigate the path to naturalization

Less than 10% of people who could naturalize in the U.S. actually do. Victoria Rodarte talks about her experience volunteering at citizenship fairs, and what brings her to this work.

It was a typical foggy late summer morning in San Francisco. We were in an office in the Tenderloin district, which was set up for the day to help immigrants apply for citizenship. The room was filled to capacity, w…

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