Join EPIP LA for our second Lunch with a Leader of 2022! Cathy Cha, President & CEO of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, will join us for an intimate and informal conversation to discuss leadership, her career path, and the philanthropic sector.
Cathy stepped into the role of president of the Haas, Jr. Fund in 2019 after serving for two years as vice president of programs. She helped create the California Campus Catalyst Fund, a coalition of funders, educators, and advocates who are working to expand support and services for undocumented students and their families across 32 campuses in California’s public higher education systems. Cathy first joined the Haas, Jr. Fund as a program officer in 2004. After she began leading the Fund’s Immigrant Rights and Integration program in 2009, she co-created and led California Civic Participation Funders, a collaborative that is increasing voting and community organizing in low-income communities. In 2011, Cathy worked with the Carnegie, Knight, and Grove foundations to start the New Americans Campaign, which has assisted more than 300,000 legal permanent residents to become U.S. citizens. Cathy also led efforts to create the African American Civic Engagement Project, an alliance of community leaders, funders, and local groups across California that is working to increase power in black communities. In addition, she helped jumpstart a first-of-its kind project to spur organizing and voting in Orange County’s Vietnamese communities.
You may learn more about Cathy on the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund website.