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Elena Chávez Quezada

Walter and Elise Haas Fund

Elena Chávez Quezada joined the Walter and Elise Haas Fund as Senior Program Officer, Economic Security in October 2015. She has been a Senior Program Officer at Tipping Point Community since 2011. In this role, she supported 12 nonprofit organizations fighting poverty in the Bay Area by leveraging financial and non-financial resources to help grantees increase organizational effectiveness and client impact. She managed Tipping Point’s Mental Health Initiative to support grantees in providing traumainformed services to their clients, and has led research for the organization’s work with early stage and legal services organizations. She is currently a fellow with the NextGen Network leadership development program at the Pahara Institute.

Elena moved to San Francisco in 2008 to manage the California expansion of Single Stop USA, a national nonprofit that leverages community-based partnerships to provide access to government resources and free legal, financial, and tax preparation expertise. Prior to Single Stop, Elena worked on policy and advocacy issues in the areas of economic security and asset-building at the Aspen Institute. She received a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages and Literature and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. Elena is a native New Mexican and spends most of her free time at various parks around San Francisco with her husband and two sons.