Alexander W. Saingchin
Vice President of Community Investment & Partnerships
Alex leads EBCF’s programs department, including its discretionary grantmaking portfolios, strategic re-granting and capacity-building initiatives, and client foundation services. His issue knowledge includes immigrant and Native rights, criminal justice, housing and land use, impact investing, as well as climate and environmental justice.
Prior to EBCF, Alex served as the program director for Common Counsel Foundation (CCF), overseeing its strategic philanthropic advising programs, as well as strategic re-granting initiatives such as: Native Voices Rising, a participatory grantmaking fund supporting Native-led change; the Still We Rise Fund, a rapid-response grantmaking fund supporting disadvantaged communities under assault post-2016 election, and; the Fund for Inclusive California, a pooled fund co-designed with tenant organizing groups across the state to combat homelessness and community displacement. Before CCF, Alex was at The San Francisco Foundation, notably supporting community-led coalitions seeking to strengthen California’s climate change policies to promote good clean jobs, affordable housing, and public transportation for disadvantaged communities. He previously served as board chair for Justice Funders.
Before philanthropy, Alex spent nearly 15 years as an organizer, community lawyer, and policy advocate in the New York City area. In the wake of September 11th, he co-designed a citywide, multi-agency relief and recovery program with the Asian American Federation. His community organizing and policy experience includes work with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, the New York City AIDS Housing Network (now known as VOCAL-NY), and the Urban Justice Center. As a community lawyer, Alex served as New Jersey director for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, managing its worker and civil rights docket and overseeing its immigrant rights organizing campaigns across the state. Alex has also worked in government, serving as counsel with New Jersey’s Office of the Public Defender, and as chief of staff to Councilman-at-Large Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. in Jersey City.
Alex is a proud recipient of a public education. He earned a degree in business at the State University of New York at Albany, and his law degree from the Rutgers Law School – Newark.