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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 David Grubb.David H. Grubb, vice-chair, chaired the Presidio Trust board of directors from December of 2003 until July of 2009, and was reappointed to the Trust board by President Barack Obama in 2010. He also served on the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy board of trustees from 1990-2000, where he oversaw the effort to restore Crissy Field as chair of the projects committee. Mr. Grubb joined Swinerton, a San Francisco based general construction firm in 1964 as a project engineer. He became the company’s president in 1988 and its chairman in 1996. He currently serves on the board of directors for Immaculate Conception Academy and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. He has also served on several cultural and business community committees and has offered his support to a number of charitable organizations, serving on the boards of Saint Patrick’s Seminary, the Meadow Club, San Domenico School, and San Francisco Zoological Society. He holds a bachelor of science from Princeton University and a master of science from Stanford University.
 
 
A black and white photo of Paula CollinsPaula R. Collins 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 creatingthe 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.
 

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; 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; as co-chair of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee; 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 a bachelor of sciences from Iowa State University and a master of landscape architecture from 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.
 

A black and white photo of J. Michael Shepherd.Alex Mehran, a San Francisco Bay Area native, is president 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 also on the executive committee of the Bay Area Council and is a member of the Chancellor’s Associates of UCSF. Mr. Mehran is a former trustee of the Urban Land Institute, San Francisco Ballet, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, among others. 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.
 

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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