Son Chau

Advisor, Philanthropy

Son ChauInitially a 2016 summer fellow at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Son returned as a philanthropy advisor in November 2018. As part of the Philanthropic Services team, he advises donors to help them identify their charitable goals and maximize the impact of their giving. He manages a diverse portfolio of donor-advised funds and supporting organizations.

Son’s professional experiences range from community organizing to philanthropic consulting. His program areas have focused on workers’ rights, racial and gender equity, civic engagement, and independent media. Previously, at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) he led the incubation of donor collaboratives invested in both social justice and arts and culture. His creation of the project infrastructure for the Art for Justice Fund’s mission to solve the crisis of mass incarceration in the U.S. is one of his notable achievements. Additionally, Son advised nonprofit managers on improving fiscal sponsorship of global initiatives, including the United Nations’ special envoys in health and education. Prior to RPA, he served as a nonprofit finance consultant at FMA and as a development manager at Working Partnerships USA.

A San Jose native, Son received a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a double-major BA in Ethnic Studies and American Studies with highest honors from UC Berkeley. 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.