Hava Manasse

Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

Hava has dedicated her career to working in the nonprofit sector, principally in fundraising, advocacy, and event management. She currently serves as Director of Development at the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF), where she is responsible for the organization’s fund development and donor stewardship. MBEF is a community-based organization that raises private funds to support and enrich the public schools of Manhattan Beach.

Hava works in collaboration with the MBEF Board, volunteers, local businesses, and community stakeholders to rais funds to support the financial health and growth of MBEF and the MBEF Endowment. She manages MBEF’s fundraising and stewardship events, as well as community outreach and education-focused programs for students, parents, and the wider community. She is also the staff lead and principal fundraiser for the Manhattan Wine Auction, MBEF’s signature event that nets over $1.1M annually.

Prior to joining MBEF, Hava worked as the Associate Director for Human Rights Watch, an international human rights advocacy organization. In this role, she was responsible for fund development, event management, outreach, and advocacy. During her tenure with Human Rights Watch, Hava and the Southern California team raised over $30 million. Early in her career, Hava served as Director of Public Relations and Events, and Associate Director of Development, at Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena. Union Station is an innovative and effective organization that helps homeless individuals and families identify the causes that have led to their homelessness, and provide long-lasting tools, resources, and support to rebuild their lives. In this role, Hava was responsible for managing the daily operations of the development and public relations office.

Hava is passionate about giving back and volunteerism. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles Global Circle, and was Vice President and Enrichment Chair of the PTO Board of the Montessori School of Manhattan Beach. Over the years, Hava’s volunteer activities have included the AIDS Name Project, Lane Shelter Care, and the Institute for Economic Justice and Indigenous Technology. She has also helped coordinate fundraising walks, beach and trail clean-ups, and food, clothing, and holiday gift drives.

Hava became involved with Grades of Green several years ago through her role at the Montessori School, where she and the Grades of Green staff jointly coordinated an Earth Day enrichment program on composting and recycling. This was the first time Grades of Green presented to preschool-aged children, and it was an overwhelming success, judging from the incredible response from the kids and teachers. Hava lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband, son, and daughter, and is reminded everyday by her own children how important it is to treat our planet with care.


Advisory Board Members

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Emily G.
Allie B.
Joseph K. Lyou
J. Peter Barbara
Christopher Gebhardt
Whitney Steininger
Adriana Senior
Suzanne Kretschmer
James Givens
Jeff Neu
Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks
Joseph Roberts
Howard Fishman
Lynn O'Connell
Chris Davis
Doug Ekizian
Ljupco Fidanovski
Hava Manasse
Kathy Carter
Susanne Passantino
Christyna Giles Washington
Mike Garcia
Melanie Robinson
Susan Moulton
Jeff Wilson
Inga Werner Middleton
Megan Kapinos
Joel Greene
Mati Waiya
Kelly Meyer
Mark Gold
Steve Fleischli
Michael J. Assum
Kimberly Lewand Martin