For Immediate Release -
President Obama Names Three to Presidio Trust Board
Presidio of San Francisco
(August 9, 2010) – President Barack Obama has appointed two
prominent Bay Area business leaders and a longtime parks advocate to the
Presidio Trust Board of Directors. David H. Grubb, William R.
Hambrecht, and Charlene Harvey will replace outgoing board members T.
Robert Burke, Nancy Connor, and Curtis Feeny, all of whose terms have
David H. Grubb chaired the Trust’s Board of
Directors from December of 2003 until July of 2009. 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, Inc., a San
Francisco based General Construction firm in 1964 as a project engineer
after earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Princeton University and
a Master of Science from Stanford University. He became the company’s
President in 1988 and its Chairman in 1996. Mr. Grubb is currently
serving on the Board of Directors for Immaculate Conception Academy. 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.
R. Hambrecht is a veteran financier with a reputation as an
innovative thinker. The founder of the San Francisco-based financial
services firm, WR Hambrecht + Company, Mr. Hambrecht is widely credited
with creating the OpenIPO® which made the initial public offering
process more equitable, allowing anyone -- not just investing insiders
-- to buy stock in an IPO. Prior to WR Hambrecht + Co, he co-founded
Hambrecht & Quist, a firm that specialized in investing in and
taking Silicon Valley companies public.
A 1957 graduate of
Princeton University, Mr. Hambrecht currently serves on the Board of
Directors of Motorola Inc., AOL Inc., and Decision Economics, Inc., and
on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut, and
serves on the Advisory Council to the J. David Gladstone Institute. In
October 2006, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences. In 2007 he, along with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, founded the
United Football League, a new professional outdoor football league which
premiered in October 2009.
Charlene Harvey, a longtime
resident of San Francisco, worked for 16 years with the Management
Center of San Francisco as a staff consultant to nonprofit
organizations. She currently serves as a board member of the Golden Gate
National Parks Conservancy, the San Francisco Foundation, the Well
Network, and is involved in the environmental field with Conservation
International. As former board chair of the Parks Conservancy, Mrs.
Harvey was a driving force behind the Inspiration Point Overlook,
helping fund the project in memory of her late husband, Jim Harvey, CEO
of TransAmerica, and chair of the Presidio Council. A longtime parks
champion, she has served on the Parks Conservancy’s Board since 1996.
Harvey is a past chair of KQED, past chair of the advisory committee to
Grants for the Arts, past president of the Junior League of San
Francisco, and has served on the boards of the 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.
“These three individuals have
tremendous passion for the outdoors and the Presidio in particular,”
says Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director. “They bring
experience and energy to the challenges facing the Presidio.”
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
including environmental science, historic preservation, operations and
maintenance, landscape design, planning, resource management, real
estate development, public affairs and programs, law, and finance.
Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in
1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park
that is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is located
at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust
include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic
forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The National Park
Service oversees the coastal areas of the Presidio. The park comprises
nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic
structures that contribute to the Presidio's status as a National
Historic Landmark District.