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Dr. Ira Hirschfield

Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
President Emeritus
Ira Hirschfield served as president and a board director of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund from 1992 to 2016. As president emeritus, he oversees the Fund’s investments and continues to play a leadership role in three of the Fund’s key community partnerships: Crissy Field, the Presidio, and the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund.  

Prior to joining the Fund, Ira was director of philanthropy with Rockefeller Family and Associates and founder and president of The Philanthropic Collaborative. He has held leadership positions at Levi Strauss & Co., including executive vice president of the Levi Strauss Foundation and corporate vice president and director of community affairs.

Ira cofounded and served as president and chairman of the F.B. Heron Foundation. He also has served on the boards of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy and GuideStar. He currently serves on the boards of the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund and Coaching Corps. In 2016, Ira received the Council on Foundations Distinguished Service Award, philanthropy’s highest honor, recognizing his visionary leadership and significant contributions to the field. Other awards include AFP Golden Gate’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award; SPUR’s 2016 Silver SPUR Award for extraordinary contributions to civic life; and UC Berkeley’s 2017 Founders Award for long-term distinguished leadership and service to a broad range of programs across the university.

A Chicago native, Ira graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University and received a master’s degree in urban affairs from Occidental College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in public administration and gerontology from the University of Southern California.