Elena is a Senior Program Officer at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund (Haas), where she manages the economic security portfolio, and is also Head of Investments at the Chávez Family Foundation (CFF). Her work at Haas supports a range of organizations across San Francisco and Alameda Counties focused on workforce development and asset-building. Elena is supporting her brother in the launch and initial grantmaking of CFF, which was started in honor of their parents and focuses on the intersection of immigration, education, and entrepreneurship. Elena is also a founding partner for the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative; a Mayoral appointee to the San Francisco Citizen’s Committee on Community Development; a Policy Committee member of Northern California Grantmakers; and a member of several other advisory and steering committees. Elena came to the Haas Sr. Fund from Tipping Point Community, where she worked as a Senior Program Officer in supporting 12 nonprofits fighting poverty in the Bay Area. Prior to her roles in philanthropy, she managed the California expansion of Single Stop USA and worked on research and policy at the Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program. Elena received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons.
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