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Senior Advisor

Bruce Sievers

Bruce Sievers ‘63 (International Relations; MA '66, PhD '73, Political Science) has been a Visiting Scholar at the Haas Center since 2002.  He also serves as Visiting Scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, which he helped establish in 2006. Bruce teaches the undergraduate course Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector and advises philanthropy fellows and other students on the field. During his tenure at the Haas Center, he has authored two books: Civil Society, Philanthropy and the Fate of the Commons and Stanford Conversations in Philanthropy.

A former Fulbright Scholar at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Seivers served as the founding Chief Executive Officer of the California Council for the Humanities from 1974 to 1983 and as Executive Director of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund from 1983 to 2002. He served on the Council on Foundations Board of Directors and as Chair of Northern California Grantmakers. Sievers holds a Senior Fellow position with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is Consulting Director of the Skirball Foundation, and serves as Treasurer of the national Fulbright Association.


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