The Mimi and Peter Haas Fund was founded by Peter E. Haas and Mimi L. Haas in 1982.
Peter was known for his compassion for helping others. Born in San Francisco, Peter graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in economics and graduated cum laude as a Baker Scholar from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He championed social responsibility in business across three decades at family-owned Levi Strauss & Co. Among other achievements, Peter is remembered for advocating for racial integration in American clothing factories prior to the U.S. civil rights movement. When San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. sought to expand in the South, Peter told local officials that the company would only open its plants there if Black and white workers would enjoy equal status.
In addition to being a businessperson and serving as Chairman of Levi Strauss & Co., Peter was a generous philanthropist and civic leader throughout San Francisco, academia, and in the Jewish community. He was a respected leader in the greater Bay Area community, known for his socially responsible business ethics and practices. Peter and his family gave generously to his alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley. From 1971 to 1981, he also served on the Stanford University Board of Trustees.
Peter passed away on December 3, 2005.