Contact: Ling Woo Liu, lliu[at]sff.org
September 6, 2022
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Foundation (SFF) announces today that Raquiba LaBrie has been hired as Vice President of Programs and Anand Subramanian has been hired as Senior Director of the People Pathway. Subramanian joined the foundation in August, and LaBrie begins her new role on September 13.
“Raquiba brings to SFF extensive equity-related grantmaking expertise, and Anand has a deep understanding of community safety and justice,” said SFF CEO Fred Blackwell. “They are both fantastic additions to our team.”
LaBrie comes to SFF from the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, where she spent the last five years as the Program Director for education grantmaking. In this role, she focused on closing equity gaps for Black and Latinx students in the San Francisco Unified School District and creating a debt-free, equitable path to a college degree for students of color and people living on low incomes. Prior to her time at the Haas Jr. Fund, LaBrie worked as the Director of Community Investment at L+M Development Partners in New York City, where she designed and managed grantmaking programs. Raquiba also spent 13 years at the Open Society Foundations where she launched and led several programs, including the Equality and Opportunity Fund and the Sentencing and Incarceration Alternatives Project. Raquiba is the co-chair of the Bay Area Black Funders Network and East Bay Family Defenders, as well as the chair of the Fund for Nonviolence.
“I’m honored to join SFF and help guide its work across a rich mix of issues and movements to make positive changes in the lived experiences of Bay Area residents,” said LaBrie.
Subramanian joins the foundation from his previous role as Managing Director at PolicyLink. In his nine years with PolicyLink, he developed communications strategy for the Center for Health Equity and Place and the California Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. He also directed San Francisco’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement. Subramanian oversaw the community safety and justice and fines and fees portfolios at PolicyLink, which included a national strategy for shifting the paradigm of policing and the broader criminal legal systems. As part of this work, he co-facilitated Oakland’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, co-founded the People Coalition for Safety and Freedom and Cities and Counties for Fines and Fees Justice, and started a grant program to support community-based alternatives to policing.
“After many years of close partnership as a grantee, I’m thrilled to join the San Francisco Foundation and have the opportunity to advance racial and economic equity in the Bay Area through strategic and impactful philanthropy,” said Subramanian.
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The San Francisco Foundation is committed to a Bay Area where everyone can get a good job, live in a safe and affordable home, and exercise their political voice. The foundation advances its work through grantmaking, partnerships with donors, policy advocacy, and impact investing.