Stephen Chan serves as Vice President of Strategy and Operations, and has held a number of strategic management roles at the Foundation since 2004. He leads the overall development, implementation, and review of the Foundation’s long-term strategic direction as well as the day-to-day operations of the senior management team to ensure alignment of mission, strategy, and execution, and to monitor organizational performance and effectiveness. In addition to the areas of strategy management, board relations, human resources, and facility operations, he also leads a portfolio of external initiatives that help advance the Foundation’s civic leadership role in the community. These include the Foundation’s public forums and convenings, community event sponsorships, and Boston Indicators, a research center at the Foundation focused on equity and shared prosperity in Greater Boston. He previously served as Chief of Staff at the Boston Foundation from 2010 to 2016 and Special Assistant to the President from 2004 to 2006.
Stephen leverages his experience in the public and private sectors in his work at the Foundation. He has served as an Advisor to Mayor Thomas M. Menino at the City of Boston where he launched the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives to advance citywide efforts on farmers markets, urban agriculture, food trucks, and healthy school food. At the Mayor’s Office, he also helped design and support public-private initiatives to grow financial empowerment, boost college completion, foster school-community partnerships, and build family economic security. Stephen has held a number of consulting roles, including advising the Boston Public Schools Office of Human Resources on the district’s teacher recruitment strategy and conducting research for a healthcare distribution industry association at Booz & Co.
Stephen received his MBA from Harvard Business School, MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and BA with Honors in Public Policy from Stanford University. He is a board member of the ACLU of Massachusetts Foundation Board, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Associated Grant Makers, and Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Harvard Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the Boston Schools Fund. In 2006, he co-founded Saffron Circle, Boston’s first Asian giving circle.
He lives in the South End neighborhood of Boston with his husband and daughter, and enjoys volunteering for and supporting various civic and community initiatives.