Elena Chávez Quezada is a Senior Program Officer at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, where she manages the economic security portfolio. Her work supports a range of organizations across San Francisco and Alameda Counties focused on workforce development and asset-building. 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; and a member of several other advisory and steering committees related to economic security.
Elena came to the 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.