Claire Callahan, MPA

Communications Director

Society weakens when we hoard wealth but strengthens when we share it. I am deeply committed to Stupski’s mission to return resources to my community to rebalance wealth and power to promote our collective well-being.

Claire Callahan (she/her) is Stupski Foundation’s director of communications, and she focuses on using the Foundation’s voice to inspire social change. Since 2019, she has led the development of communications strategies for the Foundation and its program areas in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the producer of “Break Fake Rules,” a limited podcast series that questions the fake rules of philanthropy that hold us back from transformational change. In partnership with Deputy Director of Communications Matthew Nagato, Claire develops communications campaigns that elevate community voices and call for transformational changes in the philanthropic sector. She first joined the Foundation in 2016 as a grants manager—a role that gave her the opportunity to understand grantee partners’ work.

Early Career

Claire’s career in philanthropy began at The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW), now Forward Global, a nonprofit philanthropy education and networking organization dedicated to driving strategic philanthropic giving worldwide. In this role, Claire focused on sharing the philanthropic practices that result in meaningful social change with philanthropists aspiring to give better. At TPW, Claire managed the San Francisco office and was responsible for program support, event planning, knowledge management, and communications. Previously, Claire worked in civil litigation as a case assistant at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher LLP, where she coordinated complex trial preparation and litigation casework in international antitrust, intellectual property, and employment discrimination suits.

Academics & Board Service

Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts in law and society and a Certificate of French Translation from American University and a Master in Public Affairs from the University of California, Berkeley. Go Bears! She serves on the board of directors for the Goldman School of Public Policy Alumni Association. Claire lives in San Francisco, where she enjoys fundraising and volunteering with local nonprofits that advance health equity and economic empowerment for women and girls.

Change Can’t Wait Blog

Hear more from Claire about Stupski’s vision and spend down journey.