Executive Director, Walter & Elise Haas Fund
For the last decade, Pam David has served at the helm of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, one of San Francisco’s most respected private foundations. Working within four primary areas of focus (public education, economic security, the arts, and Jewish life), the Fund’s mission is to help build a healthy, just, and vibrant society in which people feel connected to and responsible for their community.
Prior to coming to the Haas Sr. Fund, Pam served in local government for over 12 years, working for three mayoral administrations in the areas of community and economic development, federal policy, and welfare reform. During her tenure in the public sector, Pam spearheaded numerous innovative reforms and partnerships that contributed to the sustainability and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector. Pam’s history includes being an educator, community organizer and activist on a range of civil rights and equity issues. Pam also has extensive non-profit board experience; she currently is on the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and on the steering committee of Hope SF, an ambitious public-private partnership to rebuild severely distressed public housing. She also serves as an advisor to several other nongovernmental organizations.
Pam has a B.A. from Pitzer College and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University. She is a 1997 graduate of Leadership San Francisco, and has received numerous commendations for her work, including the SPUR Public Managerial Award, the United Way’s Outstanding Agency Relations Volunteer Award, the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club’s Community Service Award, Horizon Foundation’s Cornerstone Award, and various certificates of merit from the City and County of San Francisco and the California Assembly and Senate. She was recently named a “local hero” by the Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative and “Philanthropy Partner of the Year” by Enterprise Communities.