Son Chau

Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

Son joined RPA in June 2017. He collaborates with internal and external partners, including RPA’s staff and clients, to meet sponsored projects and funds’ operating needs. He has a diverse portfolio of issue areas including diversity & inclusion, gender equity, city resiliency, digital finance & policy, global health, equal education, and arts & culture. Son ensures that projects and funds reach and maintain a level of operational efficiency to effectively achieve their philanthropic missions.

He holds five years of functional expertise in fund development and nonprofit finance, as well as program background in social justice organizing, civic engagement, and media arts. Previously with FMA, Son consulted nonprofits and foundations on managing organizational growth, analyzing financial health, and developing a fiscal policies and procedures manual. At the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, he led the project to standardize philanthropic advising for donor-advised funds.  Son also worked at Working Partnerships USA, where he established its individual donor program and grants management system.

Son received a Master of Public Administration degree from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a double-major B.A. in Ethnic Studies and American Studies with highest honors at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds certificates in Project Leadership from Cornell University and Nonprofit Accounting from the FMA Institute. A Bay Area native, Son enjoys venturing to new terrains of food and art, especially taco trucks, documentaries, and dance ciphers.

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