Contact: Ling Woo Liu, lliu[at]sff.org
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The San Francisco Foundation announces today that Rehana Abbas will join the organization on September 30 as Chief Philanthropy Officer.
Ms. Abbas has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she founded her own consulting firm, RKA Advisors. Through May 2021, she served as the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Oakland Museum of California, where she successfully led the museum’s $85 million comprehensive campaign. In addition to overseeing fundraising strategy, she was part of the museum’s executive leadership team and worked closely with the board of trustees. At the museum, she was deeply engaged in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access work for an organization that is recognized as a leader in the field in this area.
Prior to the Oakland Museum of California, Ms. Abbas worked as SFMOMA’s Senior Director of Individual Giving during its $610 million campaign and new building project. In her role, she led the re-envisioning and implementation of SFMOMA’s donor engagement groups. Before SFMOMA, she held fundraising roles at the UCSF Foundation and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
“Rehana brings with her powerful expertise in fundraising and strategy, in addition to a deeply-rooted commitment to racial equity and economic inclusion,” said SFF CEO Fred Blackwell. “We are incredibly fortunate to have her join our team during this critical moment for racial equity—and the many opportunities to engage donors around this topic.”
“The work of the San Francisco Foundation is fundamental to building a stronger, more equitable Bay Area,” said Ms. Abbas. “I look forward to working with Fred, the staff, and the Board to build on the great work of the San Francisco Foundation as we approach the organization’s 75th anniversary in 2023.”