Suki O'Kane

Suki O’Kane

Administrator, Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Suki O’Kane (she/her) is responsible for Fund finance, investment, technology, human resources and systems that support Fund learning and impact. An advocate for social entrepreneurship, hybrid enterprise, and progressive partnerships that encourage the growth of sustainable communities, Suki strives to shift perspective on where solutions come from, and why they succeed.

Prior to joining the Fund, Suki worked with regional associations of philanthropy, Bay Area based youth and arts education nonprofits, and local and state governments. This work includes acting as Director of Operations for Northern California Grantmakers and currently serving as Treasurer for Artists’ Television Access. She is a classically trained mallet percussionist, composer, and curator working with artists across a wide array of music, movement, expanded cinema, and public art genres. Her music has received the support of the California Arts Council, the Creative Work Fund, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Oakland Stock, and New Music USA.


Developing a Purpose-Aligned Budget

Posted on December 15, 2022 by Suki O’Kane, Eric Stephenson, Lori Bezahler, Liz Sak

Developing a Purpose-aligned Budget
A yearly budget can appear rather cut and dry, but depending on who makes decisions about the budget and how these choices are made, there will be wide-ranging implications for the philanthropy’s grantmaking and spending policies. Budget decisions should also be informed by the collective values and purpose of a philanthropy, and not just the financial aspects. What are the… Read More