Former Vice President of Finance, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Michael Blake is semi-retired and doing consulting work with foundations. Previously he was Vice President of Finance at the Haas, Jr. Fund, where he oversaw the foundation’s $450 million investment portfolio. He is a past president of the Foundation Financial Officers Group, a worldwide association of chief financial officers of large private foundations. Before joining the Haas, Jr. Fund, he worked as a consultant to the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, conducting a comprehensive survey of the capital needs of San Francisco nonprofit organizations. Before that, he served for three years as the Country Director for the Peace Corps in the Central African Republic. In the 1980s, Michael served as administrative director of the Hesperian Foundation, a nonprofit publisher of health manuals for the Third World. Before joining Hesperian, Michael was a Peace Corps teacher, leader and teacher-trainer for the organization’s teaching of English as a Foreign Language, as well as chairman of the National English Commission in Central Africa. Michael earned an MBA at U.C. Berkeley, with a concentration in nonprofit management, and a BA in Economics at Duke University.