President & CEO, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Cathy Cha is President & CEO of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Under her leadership, Haas, Jr. is pursuing new ways to advance equality and justice so every person has opportunities to thrive and live life with dignity and hope.
Cathy’s pathbreaking approach to collaboration among funders, nonprofits, and government has helped spark wide-ranging social impact, including California’s leadership among states in adopting pro-immigrant policies. She has co-founded several initiatives to build broader constituencies of Asian American Pacific Islanders who vote, organize and stand up for justice. In 2018, Cathy co-created the California Campus Catalyst Fund to expand services for undocumented students across California’s public higher education systems. She is a founder of the New Americans Campaign, which has assisted 500,000 immigrants to become citizens. Recently, Cathy joined Black community leaders to create the California Black Freedom Fund, a statewide power building effort.
Cathy is a frequent public speaker on civic engagement, immigration, and innovative philanthropy. She received the Outstanding Foundation Professional award on Philanthropy Day in 2021. In 2019, she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business. She serves on the boards of the California Budget and Policy Center and Positive Coaching Alliance. Cathy has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley.