James Head, longtime executive and leader at The San Francisco Foundation, was named this week as the new president & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The East Bay Community Foundation. The announcement was made by Sherry Hirota, president of The East Bay Community Foundation Board of Directors, following a nationwide search for a new chief executive.“The East Bay Community Foundation is at an exciting inflection point,” said Hirota, who is also the CEO of Asian Health Services in Oakland.
“There is a huge amount of momentum behind James’ appointment,” she said. “He comes to us with the passionate backing of our entire Board of Directors, the heartfelt endorsement of a multitude of community and civic leaders from all segments of the Bay Area and beyond, and a legion of loyal and trusted partners and colleagues from the philanthropic and nonprofit realms. We are thrilled.”
Head will take the helm at The East Bay Community Foundation Dec. 8.
“The East Bay is my beloved home,” said Head. “Each and every day I experience the power and the beauty of the East Bay’s people, culture, and environment. We have many inherent assets, and many challenges as well.”
The East Bay Community Foundation is one of the largest sources of philanthropic support for the East Bay. During its 2013-14 fiscal year, the foundation awarded more than $49 million in grants to worthy causes. It has more than $395 million in charitable assets under its management.
In addition to assisting individuals, families, corporations and other organizations with their philanthropy, the Foundation focuses on helping those on the economic margins acquire job skills and get jobs, and on ensuring very young children acquire literacy skills so they are successful in the education system.