Tessa Rouverol Callejo
Senior Program Officer, Nurturing Equity Movements
Tessa Rouverol Callejo is the Senior Program Officer of Nurturing Equity Movements at The San Francisco Foundation. In her role Tessa develops grantmaking strategy and provides leadership in the foundation’s civic engagement, community organizing, and immigrant and refugee rights and integration work. Tessa brings decades of expertise in the fields of community organizing, policy advocacy, immigrant rights, and affordable housing to her work with the foundation. For more than twenty years Tessa was a staff lead for the FAITHS Program, the foundation’s civic engagement and capacity building program serving hundreds of faith and community-based organizations in the Bay Area. She also managed the foundation’s Immigrant Integration grantmaking, and provided leadership on community organizing, civic engagement and policy initiatives. In this role, she oversaw the foundation’s grantmaking and convening work for Census 2010.
Prior to beginning her work with the foundation in 1996, Tessa founded and later served on the board of the California Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, was the Director of the Catholic Charities San Francisco’s Central American Refugee Project, the Executive Director of National Sanctuary Defense Fund, and Director of St. Peter’s Housing Committee, an organization serving the San Francisco Latino community which later merged to become Causa Justa::Just Cause . She also was a founding member of the advisory committee of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s Civic Engagement Fund for Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian Communities. Tessa is a Bay Area native and holds a degree from the University of California at Berkeley in International Development Studies.