Son Chau

Advisor, Philanthropy

Son ChauAs a Philanthropy Advisor, Son partners with donors to practice effective philanthropy and address our communities’ most pressing needs. He manages a diverse portfolio of donor-advised funds, the Donor Circle for the Arts and special projects with the national Donors of Color Network.

Son’s decade of social-sector experience ranges from philanthropic consulting to community organizing. Previously, at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) in New York, he built partnerships with institutional funders, including the Ford Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and nonprofit leaders to incubate donor collaboratives and special initiatives at national and international scale. Prior to RPA, Son improved fund development at Working Partnerships USA, a local economic justice nonprofit, enabling it to launch Silicon Valley Rising, the region’s largest grassroots coalition addressing the systemic racial and economic inequities in tech.

A San Jose native, Son received an MPA from New York University and a BA from UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and American Studies with highest honors. He holds certificates in Project Leadership from Cornell University and Nonprofit Accounting from the FMA Institute. Rooted in the local hip hop community, Son appreciates all forms of art blossoming from the streets.