Metta Fund is pleased to announce the appointment of Renée L. Espinoza as Director of Program Strategy, effective September 1. Espinoza will guide all aspects of the foundation’s grantmaking and programmatic investments, learning and evaluation efforts, and partnerships. Her appointment comes at a pivotal time as the foundation deepens its commitment and strategic focus on older adults.
“We are thrilled to welcome Renée to Metta Fund,” said Janet Y. Spears, CEO. “She is a thoughtful leader who brings broad, strategic experience as well as a passion for community and social justice. She will be an exceptional addition to our team as we accelerate our efforts to advance equity in aging.”
Espinoza brings over 25 years experience leading and developing community-based nonprofits with an emphasis on strategic planning, program development, and volunteer engagement. She comes to Metta Fund from San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (SFCASA), where she served as Executive Director for seven (7) years. Under her leadership, the organization increased the total number of foster youth served by 40%, launched new programing, and built a strong base of support by tripling annual revenue. Prior to her tenure at SFCASA, she served as the Interim Executive Director of the San Francisco Education Fund and Executive Director of SFPAL.
“I am deeply honored to join Metta Fund at a moment when philanthropy has an opportunity to make systemic change and lasting impact on the lives of elders,” said Espinoza. “I have long admired Metta Fund’s work and am eager to join such an accomplished team focused on the health and wellness of older San Franciscans. I look forward to working with Janet and the Metta Fund team and connecting with our partners and grantees.“
Anna Karrer Manley
Director of Communications