Elena Chávez Quezada is Vice President of Programs at The San Francisco Foundation, overseeing the organization’s main grantmaking activities and community leadership connected to its People, Place, and Power pathways. The People Pathway focuses on helping ensure that Bay Area residents have a good job, can build wealth, and can save for the future. Prior to this role, Elena oversaw the economic security portfolio at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, and was a senior program officer at Tipping Point Community. Elena is also Head of Investments at the Chavez Family Foundation (CFF), where she supports her brother in the launch and grantmaking of a new foundation focused on the intersection of immigration, education, and entrepreneurship. 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 is involved in various local and national organizations/efforts: She is a founding partner and advisor for the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative; a Mayoral appointee to the San Francisco Citizen’s Committee on Community Development; Immediate past co-chair of the national Asset Funders Network; and a Leadership Council Member of Immigrants Rising. 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.