The Zellerbach Family Foundation today announced the appointment of Karin Kissane to its Board of Directors.

“Karin is a leader in the financial industry in the Bay Area, with more than two decades of experience intelligently responding to the rapidly changing investment climate in California, across the U.S. and globally,” said Tom Zellerbach, President of the Zellerbach Family Foundation and Chairman of its Board of Directors. “We are thrilled that she is bringing her enthusiasm and knowledge to help advance the Foundation’s vision to create constructive social change that strengthens our communities.”

Kissane currently serves as a senior team member of a large family office. As the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Gates Capital Partners LLC, she leads the private equity program, with significant additional responsibilities for the larger portfolio’s public equities, asset allocation and financial strategy.

“I am honored to join the board of an institution with a more than 60-year history of helping to build vibrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Kissane. “By integrating new populations, supporting our most vulnerable families and promoting important arts and culture efforts, we can strengthen the social fabric of our region.”

Kissane also serves as a Board Member for UPWARD, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on career advancement of senior women across every industry through events, workshops, topical discussions and executive leadership programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, graduating with Academic Honors from both institutions. She was admitted as a member of Stanford’s prestigious Cap and Gown organization.

About the Zellerbach Family Foundation

Since its inception in 1968, the Zellerbach Family Foundation has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area to be a catalyst for constructive social change and invest in efforts that strengthen families and communities. The Zellerbach Family Foundation has granted over $131.5 million, including to support human services systems, immigration and refugees, culture and community arts in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at @zfforg or find out more at

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