• Tad Taube, Poland, 1935

San Mateo County History Makers

Tad Taube

The Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Historical Association is pleased to announce philanthropist Tad Taube of Woodside as its 2017 San Mateo County History Maker. Founder and Chairman of Taube Philanthropies, Taube awards grants to charitable programs and initiatives around the world. He’s overseen hundreds of millions of dollars in philanthropic donations and pledged most of his wealth to philanthropy as a signatory of the Gates/Buffet Giving Pledge.

Tad Taube was born in Poland and fled the country just months before the outbreak of World War II.  As a Polish Jew, he remembers the fearful journey through the heart of Nazi Germany, with SS officers scrutinizing his identification papers at each station.

Taube reunited with his family in New York City via Ellis Island. Nearly penniless, they moved to Los Angeles to seek business connections with Polish friends. Family circumstances improved, and Taube was able to afford and attend Stanford University. He participated in the Air Force ROTC program and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1954.

After college, Taube joined the Air Force as a Communications Officer, responsible for installation of ground-to-air landing systems throughout the western United States. Following his military service, he returned to Stanford where he earned a master’s degree in industrial management. After a brief stint in the then-emerging high-tech industry, Taube pursued a successful career in real estate investment and management.

In 1968, San Francisco apparel giants Joseph and Stephanie Koret sought Taube and his Woodmont Companies to help diversify their assets in real estate. These investments soon dwarfed the Korets’ apparel fortune, so when their company, Koret of California, came to the brink of insolvency, they sought Taube’s investment expertise and appointed him Chairman and CEO. Over the next six years, the once struggling company was restored to profitability and in 1979, Taube engineered its sale to Levi Strauss & Co. for close to $100 million. Afterward, Taube returned to his real estate investments.

It was around this time that the Koret Foundation was established. Taube and three close associates joined Joseph Koret as Directors of the fledgling foundation. Koret passed away two years later, leaving his estate to enlarge the corpus of the Koret Foundation, and appointing Taube to lead it. Over the next 35 years, the foundation prospered in its philanthropic reach and asset growth under Taube’s leadership.

During that time, Taube founded Taube Philanthropies, comprising the Taube Family Foundation and later, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, which focuses on supporting organizations engaged in civic and cultural life, education, youth and sports initiatives, public policy research, and the strengthening of Jewish culture in the Bay Area, Israel and Poland. Taube serves as honorary consul of the Republic of Poland.  Taube retired as President of the Koret Foundation in 2015 to focus his time and energies on leading Taube Philanthropies.

San Mateo County History Maker Sponsorship Levels

The San Mateo County History Makers Dinner is a benefit for the San Mateo County Historical Association.

Museum Master 

  • Taube Philanthropies

Grand Historian 

  • Barulich Dugoni Law Group, Inc.
  • DPR Construction
  • Cargill
  • Wells Fargo


  • Asset Management Company
  • Barings Mulifamily Capital LLC
  • Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
  • Cypress Lawn
  • Danford Foundation
  • Phyllis & William Draper
  • Ruth and Umang Gupta
  • Bob Henderson
  • Koret Foundation
  • Karen and George McCown
  • PNC Real Estate
  • Woodmont Real Estate Services


  • Anderson Yazdi Hwang Minton + Horn LLP
  • Borel Estate Company
  • Chase Multifamily Lending
  • Chonita & Michael Cleary
  • Cheryl and Greg Galli
  • Gonsalves & Stronck Construction Company, Inc.
  • Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh
  • The Oyster Family
  • Donna L. Petersen
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Charley A. Phelps, Merrill Lynch
  • Redwood General Tire
  • Adolph Rosekrans
  • Jane and John Shroyer
  • United American Bank
  • Christine Williams
  • Mrs. David Wisnom Jr. & David Wisnom, III


  • Tom Ames
  • Karen Seiko Arimoto-Peterson
  • Sandra and Keith Bautista
  • Belle Haven Realty Co.
  • Law Offices of John H. Blake
  • Audrey & Richard Bojack
  • Norman I. Book, Esq.
  • Elaine and Harry Breeze
  • Maria and Jerry Brenholz
  • Concar Enterprises, Inc.
  • Dee & Rich Eva
  • Ted & Lois Everett
  • First National Bank of Northern California
  • T. Jack Foster
  • Bonnie and Jim Fox
  • Helen and Joseph Galligan
  • Elaine and Don Horsley
  • Elizabeth Hulsey
  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
  • IBEW Local 617
  • Douglas Keyston
  • Karen & John La Torra
  • Susan Lang & Robert Levenson
  • Mac MacCorkle
  • Gene Mullin & Kevin Mullin
  • Anne D. Peter
  • Barbara and Jerry Pierce
  • Kristie & Mitch Postel
  • Presidio Bank
  • Lawrence Siskind
  • San Mateo Credit Union
  • Diane & Robert Strode
  • Arthur Stromburg
  • Roselyne C. Swig
  • Emily and Travis Taylor
  • Westpark Communites
  • Michael Wranovics