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.
Paula R. Collins, chair of the Presidio Trust board, is the founder of WDG Ventures, Inc., a real estate development company in Northern California, and also Portfolio Real Estate Consulting. Ms. Collins is a director and founder of Presidio Bank in San Francisco. She is a member of the national board of the Automobile Association of America and a director of the CSAA Insurance Exchange, as well as AAA Northern California, Nevada, Utah. Ms. Collins serves on the board of the Glide Foundation. 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. She has been named to the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, has been awarded the Silver SPUR by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, has been named "Forever Influential" by the
San Francisco Business Times, and has been honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Ms. Collins graduated cum laude in urban studies from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and received her Master of City Planning from MIT. She was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Barack Obama in 2012, and re-appointed in 2015.
John Keker, vice chair of the Presidio Trust board, 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.
Lynne Benioff is an independent marketing consultant and philanthropist active with several health care and community foundations. Previously, Ms. Benioff was Director of Public Relations Campaigns at OutCast Communications from 1998 to 2003. Ms. Benioff co-founded Star Community Home in 2011, a short-term residential community for homeless families in San Francisco. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Hampton Creek, the Board of Overseers of the University of California San Francisco Foundation, the Board of Directors of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and the Board of Directors of Common Sense Media. Ms. Benioff was honored by Mayor Ed Lee as one of San Francisco’s “Women of the Year” in 2014. She received a B.S. from the University of Washington. Ms. Benioff was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Barack Obama in 2015.
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 the Deputy Chairman 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.
Nicola Miner is a philanthropist for several cultural and educational foundations. Ms. Miner is also President of the Miner-Anderson Family Foundation, a position she has held since 2010. She was Co-Founder of Quotidian Gallery from 1999 to 2005 and is a member of the Board of the Baker Street Foundation. Ms. Miner is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet, and San Francisco University High School. She received a B.A. from Brown University, an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and an M.A. from Mills College. Ms. Miner was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Barack Obama in 2015.
Janet Reilly is the co-founder and president of the Board of Directors of Clinic by the Bay – a free, volunteer-based medical clinic in the Excelsior neighborhood in San Francisco. The clinic, which does not rely on taxpayer dollars, engages volunteer doctors and nurses to provide wide-spectrum healthcare services for the working uninsured. Ms. Reilly, a native Californian, former corporate spokesperson and journalist, most recently produced and hosted
The Mix with Janet Reilly – a monthly news magazine show on NBC Bay Area. Ms. Reilly is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of San Domenico School and is a former president and member of the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. Ms. Reilly holds a B.A. in Communications from UCLA and a master’s degree in Journalism from Medill at Northwestern University. She was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Barack Obama in 2015.
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 Mall 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.
Interim Leadership Team
In June, an Interim Leadership Team took over from outgoing Executive Director Craig Middleton, who stepped down after 18 years with the Trust. Michael Boland, Chief of Park Development and Operations, leads the team, which includes Fran Gonek, Chief of Business Operations Officer and Joshua Steinberger, Chief of Strategy and Communications. The three share responsibilities until a new Executive Director is selected by the Board. The executive search firm Spencer Stuart has been hired to assist the Board with the search.
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