San Francisco Foundation chief guides its mission of racial equity and economic inclusion

For Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, community building runs in his veins.

His mother, who comes from a family of activists, teachers and nonprofit professionals, exposed him early to social and economic justice. “I’m that kid that was in the community meeting with the coloring book at the back of the room wondering why everyone was so upset and when we could go home,” Blackwell said.

From his grandfather, who ran a bar and grill in Harlem, he learned a strong sense of…