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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

NCG member the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund has announced the leaders of two top staff positions, Jennie Lehua Watson and Cathy Cha. Congratulations from the NCG community! Learn more about their new roles in the snapshot of Haas Jr.'s announcement below:


The Board of Directors of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund today announced appointments to top staff positions. Jennie Lehua Watson, formerly the Fund’s vice president of special initiatives and communications, will serve as interim president of the Fund for the next two years. Cathy Cha, formerly program director for immigrant rights, is now vice president of programs and will become president of the Fund in January 2019.

With a combined 30 years as key leaders with the Fund, Watson and Cha have played integral roles in its work to advance rights and create opportunities for all people. Their appointments were made unanimously by the Fund’s Board of Directors following a broad and extensive search for a leader after Ira S. Hirschfield stepped down from the post of president in 2016.

“When our parents created the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, they were inspired by a vision of a society in which all people could live, work, and raise their families with dignity,” said Walter J. Haas, who chairs the Fund’s Board of Directors. “Today, we look forward to working closely with Jennie and Cathy to keep bringing this vision to life in our community and across the nation. We know they will be outstanding leaders for the Fund as we continue our collaborative efforts to build a more just and compassionate society.”

Read the full announcement.

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