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Board and Executive Director
The Presidio Trust is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Six members are appointed by the President of the United States. The seventh is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior or his designee. An executive director reports to the board and oversees a staff with expertise in resource preservation, operations and maintenance, planning, real estate development, public programs, law, and finance (view the org chart >>).
A black and white photo of Nancy Hellman Bechtle.
Nancy Hellman Bechtle, chair of the Presidio Trust board, serves on the board of directors for the Charles Schwab Corporation and is the chairman of the board for the Sugar Bowl Corporation. Previously, she was chief financial officer and director for J.R. Bechtle & Company from 1979 to 1998. From 1987 to 2001, she was president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Symphony and has served as a member of the San Francisco Symphony board of governors since 1984. She served on the board of the National Park Foundation from 2001 to 2007 and held the board’s citizen chair from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Bechtle has received several honors, including the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts from the California Arts Council and the Investment in Leadership award from the Coro Foundation. She holds a bachelor of arts from Stanford University. Ms. Bechtle was appointed to the Presidio Trust board of directors by President George W. Bush in 2008 and reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2012.

A black and white photo of Paula CollinsPaula R. Collins, vice-chair, is the chief executive officer of WDG Ventures, Inc., a real estate development company in Northern California, and president of Portfolio Real Estate Consulting. Ms. Collins is a founder and director of Presidio Bank in San Francisco, a member of the national board of the Automobile Association of America, and a director of the AAA Northern California, Nevada, Utah Insurance Exchange. She has served as a Presidential appointee to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She has served on the board of directors for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Special Olympics for Northern California, and BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Ms. Collins was awarded the Silver Spur by San Francisco Planning and Urban Research for her dedication to improving the quality of life and economic health of San Francisco; and has been honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the San Francisco Business Times. She graduated cum laude in urban studies from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and received her master’s degree in city planning from MIT. She was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Barack Obama in 2012.
A black and white photo of William Hambrecht.William R. Hambrecht is the founder of the San Francisco-based financial services firm WR Hambrecht + Co. Mr. Hambrecht is widely credited with creating the OpenIPO which made the initial public offering process more equitable. Prior to WR Hambrecht + Co, he co-founded Hambrecht & Quist, which specialized in investing in Silicon Valley companies. Mr. Hambrecht has served as a director for numerous private and public companies. In October 2006, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Hambrecht graduated from Princeton University in 1957. He was appointed to the Trust board by President Barack Obama in 2010.
A black and white photo of Charlene Harvey.Charlene Harvey worked for 16 years with the Management Center of San Francisco as a staff consultant to non-profit organizations. A longtime parks champion, she has served on the board of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy since 1996. Mrs. Harvey was a driving force behind the creation of Inspiration Point Overlook at the Presidio, helping fund the project in memory of her late husband, Jim Harvey, CEO of TransAmerica and chair of the Presidio Council. Mrs. Harvey is also involved with Conservation International, Women for Women International, and Sustainable Conservation. She is a past chair of KQED and of the advisory committee to Grants for the Arts, and past president of the Junior League of San Francisco. She also served on the boards of the San Francisco Foundation, Rosenberg Foundation, the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and the California Pacific Medical Center. She was awarded the SPUR Award in 1997 and the Outstanding Volunteer Fund Raiser Award in 1996 by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. Mrs. Harvey was appointed to the Trust board by President Barack Obama in 2010.

Keker.jpgJohn Keker
is recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States and has recently been listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States and the best lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the founder of the San Francisco trial firm of Keker & Van Nest LLP. Mr. Keker graduated from Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, then served as a U.S. Marine Corps infantry platoon leader in Viet Nam until he was wounded and retired from the Marine Corps in 1967. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1970 and served as law clerk to Retired Chief Justice Earl Warren at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Keker has served as president of the San Francisco Police Commission twice, as chairman of the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Control Board, and as vice president of the San Francisco Fire Commission during the Loma Prieta earthquake. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He was appointed to the Presidio Trust board of directors by President Barack Obama in 2015.

A black and white photo of J. Michael Shepherd.Alex Mehran, a San Francisco Bay Area native, is chairman and chief executive officer of Sunset Development Company, a diversified real estate organization that created Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, California. He has served at the firm since 1977. Mr. Mehran serves as a Director of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank and as chairman of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership. He is a Past Chairman and Current Executive Committee member of the Bay Area Council; Member of the Chancellor’s Associates of UCSF; Former Trustee of the Urban Land Institute; Former Trustee of the San Francisco Ballet; Former Trustee of St. Mary’s College; Former Trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of California; Former Trustee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Former Director of the United Way of the Bay Area. He graduated from Harvard College and earned a law degree at Cambridge University. He was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Barack Obama in 2012.
A black and white photo of John Reynolds.John Reynolds served for 39 years in the National Park Service including as deputy director, regional director, director of the Denver Service Center, superintendent of North Cascades National Park, assistant superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Interim Manager of the Presidio. He was executive vice president of the National Park Foundation from 2005 to 2007. He currently serves as a board member of the Student Conservation Association; on the Trust for the National Design Advisory Committee; as a member of North Cascades Institute, American Alps and Chesapeake Conservancy Advisory Councils; as chair of the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail Advisory Council; on the steering committee of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership; and as the Commonwealth of Virginia Citizen Representative on the Chesapeake Bay Commission. Mr. Reynolds served in the New Jersey National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve from 1966 to 1972. He holds landscape architecture degrees from Iowa State University and the State University of New York at Syracuse. He is a Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects. He was appointed as the Secretary of the Interior’s designee to the Trust board in July 2009.

Executive Director
Photo of Presidio Trust executive director Craig Middleton.
Craig Middleton joined the Presidio Trust in 1997 as its first employee and has served as its executive director since 2001. During these years the Presidio Trust has been transformed from a military post into a new kind of national park site through an innovative multi-sector approach that combines public and private support. The Presidio Trust became independent of federal appropriations in 2013 and now operates with earned revenue. More than a billion dollars of non-federal investments have been made in the Presidio since 1998.
Reporting to a board of directors appointed by the President of the United States, Mr. Middleton manages a staff of 300 employees and an annual budget of $100 million. Prior to the Presidio Trust, Mr. Middleton was with the non-profit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy where he worked with the blue-ribbon Presidio Council, a group established to provide expertise to assist with the Presidio’s transition from an Army post to a national park site. Mr. Middleton focused on legislation that would ultimately create the Presidio Trust.
Mr. Middleton served as press secretary and legislative/appropriations aide to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi in Washington prior to his involvement with the Presidio. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in history, economics, and political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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