Stephen Chan (Board Chair)

Vice President of Strategy and Operations, The Boston Foundation
Boston, MA

Stephen Chan is Vice President of Strategy and Operations at the Boston Foundation where he leads strategy management, board relations, human resources, as well as 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 program 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.  His experience includes serving in the Mayoral administration of Thomas M. Menino at the City of Boston where he developed and managed public-private initiatives in education, community development, and human services.

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 active locally as a board member of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Generation Citizen Boston, Washington Gateway Main Street, and the Massachusetts Governor’s Asian American Commission. He is also a board member of Associated Grant Makers of and serves on the Membership Committee of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. Stephen is a co-founder of Saffron Circle, Boston’s first Asian giving circle, and been named a Truman National Security Partner and World Economic Forum Global Shaper.  He lives in the South End neighborhood of Boston, and enjoys volunteering with his husband Tim for various civic and political initiatives.