Elena Chávez Quezada
Elena Chavez Quezada has focused her career on improving access and opportunity for those in financial need. Before joining the Fund, she worked as a Senior Program Officer at Tipping Point Community. There, she supported nonprofit organizations in reducing the causes of poverty by helping grantees to increase their organizational impact. Elena moved to San Francisco in 2008 to manage the California expansion of Single Stop USA, a national nonprofit that provides access to government resources and free legal, financial, and tax preparation expertise. Prior to that, Elena worked on policy and advocacy issues in the areas of economic security and asset-building at the Aspen Institute.
Elena serves on the steering committees of the national and Bay Area Asset Funders Network and of the CA Asset Building Coalition. She was recently appointed to San Francisco’s Citizen’s Committee on Community Development, co-chairs the Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative, and was a 2015-16 fellow with the Pahara Institute’s NextGen leadership development program. Elena earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University. She is a native New Mexican and spends most of her free time enjoying the Bay Area’s green spaces with her husband and two sons.