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Audience in Lecture






Vice President of Programs


The San Francisco Foundation


Elena Chávez Quezada is senior director for the Expanding Access to Opportunity pathway at The San Francisco Foundation. She oversees the foundation’s grantmaking related to expanding access to economic opportunity, which fits within the foundation’s broader focus on advancing racial and economic equity. 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, 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 for the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative; a Mayoral appointee to the San Francisco Citizen’s Committee on Community Development; 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.

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