October 26, 2021 – The 360 Group, an executive search firm which serves mission-driven organizations, recently assisted in the placement of Fatima Angeles as executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation in San Francisco.
“Fatima is a philanthropic leader who has deep experience developing and implementing grantmaking programs focused on worker health, environmental justice and youth development,” said Seth Jaffe, foundation executive vice president and general counsel. “Her programmatic experience coupled with her extensive philanthropic networks makes her the ideal leader to carry on the Levi Strauss Foundation’s mission of advancing the human rights and well-being of underserved people in places where we do business.”
Ms. Angeles joins the Levi Strauss Foundation from the California Wellness Foundation, where she spent more than 20 years leading strategy and a team of grantmakers in supporting organizations working to increase access to healthcare, quality education, good jobs, and clean and safe neighborhoods across the state. In her most recent role, as vice president of programs, she provided executive leadership and strategic vision for the foundation’s programs in grantmaking and program-related investments.
In recent years, Ms. Angeles has also developed grantmaking programs focused on providing COVID-19 relief and reducing gun violence, which have also been two areas the Levi Strauss Foundation has recently invested in.
“We’re delighted to have someone with such an extensive background in — and passion for — advocating for equity and social justice leading the foundation,” said Jennifer C. Haas, Levi Strauss Foundation board president.
“I am honored to lead the Levi Strauss Foundation as it continues its pioneering work to advance social justice and human rights,” Ms. Angeles said. “I have long admired the foundation’s courage and willingness to be among the first funders to invest in and speak out about the most pressing issues of the day. As a woman of color and an immigrant, I am proud to bring my full self to this role – my knowledge, my lived experience and my commitment to ensuring that immigrants and people of color participate fully in philanthropy and social justice changemaking.”
Ms. Angeles holds a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master of public health degree from the Columbia University School of Public Health. She currently serves as a board member for John Muir Hospital System, Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care Foundation, Carestar Foundation and Confluence Philanthropy.
The Levi Strauss Foundation, founded in 1952, is the corporate philanthropic arm of Levi Strauss & Co. The organization supports pioneering social change on the issues and events of the day. The foundation strives for outsized impact in its core program areas — improving the lives of apparel workers, ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic and advancing social justice. In 2020, Levi Strauss Foundation’s grantmaking totaled $10.6 million, its highest level in roughly two decades.
The 360 Group, based in San Francisco, is a national executive search firm dedicated to creating social impact by placing “exceptional leaders into extraordinary mission-driven organizations.” Recent placements include the director of diversity, equity and inclusion for Jackson Laboratory, president and chief operating officer of Skoll Foundation, president of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, and executive director and CEO of College Spark Washington.
Vincent Robinson is founder of the 360 Group. He participates in all aspects of the firm’s work – from client engagements to intellectual and human capital development, to ensuring the firm’s overall health and effectiveness. He founded the firm in 2004 to realize his commitment to leadership in social sector organizations.
During his tenure, he has worked with a diverse group of community, national and family foundations and non-profit organizations to assist them in realizing their aspirations to maximize their impact through thoughtful, strategic tools – with a keen eye on execution and implementation.
Prior to founding the firm, he served as executive director of Social Venture Partners Bay Area (SVP). There he led all aspects of a membership organization, including strategic planning, grantmaking (in education and economic development), financial management, and member recruitment and retention. Before that, he worked in the investment management division of Goldman, Sachs and Company.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media