Christine Elbel, Fleishhacker Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Arts & culture, K-5 education

CONTACT: 415-561-5350; celbel@fleishhackerfoundation.org

PROFILE: Since early 1990, Christine Elbel has been leading the Fleishhacker Foundation. She served a member of the Family Philanthropy Advisory Committee at the Council on Foundations and a secretary on the board of directors of Northern California Grantmakers. Elbel has a background in administration and consulting for dance, performance, education, and art groups in the Bay Area.

Elbel’s Council on Foundation bio shares:

Christine Elbel has been at the helm of the Fleishhacker Foundation since 1990. Her background includes consulting in strategic planning, resource development, and grant monitoring. She has been an executive director and development director for both arts and educational institutions. She has served on many boards and advisory committees, and is particularly interested in nonprofit governance and effective philanthropy. She is an active member of the Council on Foundations, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Exponent Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and Northern California Grantmakers, where she was Secretary and Governance Committee Chair for seven years. Her work within the philanthropic field has also included serving on several conference planning committees and the Council’s Family Philanthropy Committee.  Christine received a B.A. in Fine Arts and M.S. in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Her Northern California Grantmakers bio shared:

Christine Elbel has been the Executive Director of the Fleishhacker Foundation since 1990. Established in 1947, the Fleishhacker Foundation is a family foundation which funds Arts & Culture and Precollegiate Education in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prior to her position with the Fleishhacker Foundation, Ms. Elbel was a consultant to the nonprofit sector, specializing in strategic planning and fundraising. She also conducted grant monitoring and evaluation for public and private funding agencies. Past arts management positions included serving as Executive Director of Dance Bay Area, a regional dance service organization. She also has a background in institutional advancement for schools and colleges. Her B.A. in Fine Arts and M.S. in Education are both from Indiana University at Bloomington.

Ms. Elbel is an active member of Northern California Grantmakers, and sits on its Board of Directors, as well as the steering committees of the Family Philanthropy Exchange and Arts Loan Fund. She is currently part of the Council on Foundations' 2006 Conference program committee, and is on the Family Foundation Services' publications advisory committee.

Her community service has included several terms as President of both the Joe Goode Performance Group and Presidio Hill School in San Francisco. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Drew High School.