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Presidio Institute Announces Selection of 2015 Cross Sector Leadership Fellows

​​​​​(San Francisco - March 17, 2015) The Presidio Institute today announced the selection of twenty-four professionals from businesses, non-profits, academia, philanthropy and government to participate in theCross Sector Leadership (CSL) Fellows program, a year-long, multi-city program created in partnership with BlackRock, McKinsey, the United States Office of Personnel Management, and the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. The goal of the program is to develop empowered, inspired leaders to meet the complex challenges facing our society in the 21st century. The CSL Fellows program will launch on March 29 at the Presidio in San Francisco, and also travel to Washington, D.C., and New York City for immersive learning visits.     

"We hope that the fellows will be inspired by the Presidio's rich history of service and cross sector collaboration," said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director. "They can't help but be energized by the stunning beauty of the Institute's location at the base of the Golden Gate."   

This year's Fellows (listed below) were selected through a competitive application process based on their record of personal achievement, their ability to contribute to the program, as well as their desire to apply that learning to a cross sector effort in their work or community. The term "cross sector" refers to working across government, non-profit and for-profit sectors to develop solutions to difficult problems.  

​​The program will provide Fellows an opportunity to focus on cross sector leadership development and be exposed to examples of cross sector collaboration and innovations in leadership. They will learn about how some of the nation's most innovative organizations participate in cross sector collaborations, and will benefit from a rigorous program to enhance their skill sets, expand their networks, and explore different approaches to solving complex challenges.  

"We envision a world where there are individuals working in all sectors and geographies who are equipped to collaborate to solve seemingly intractable social, economic, and environmental problems," said David B. Smith, Presidio Institute Managing Director, "The Presidio Institute aims to support the development of and provide a physical home for these champions for change."  

​The Fellows will apply what they learn in the program to cross sector efforts focused on a wide range of issues from improving educational outcomes, to asset building for low-income people, to energy efficiency, to innovative financing strategies for redevelopment.   

The Presidio Institute held its inaugural CSL Fellows program in 2014.  During the 2014 program, Fellows had the opportunity to learn from organizations including Gap, Inc., Year Up, City and County of San Francisco, Omidyar Network, City of New York, United Way, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Unilever, News Corp, Living Cities, and Brookings Institution.   

About the Presidio Institute  
The Presidio Institute is located at historic Fort Scott, a stunning 20-acre campus overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, and the former command center for the Army Coast Artillery Corps.  Building on the Presidio's legacy of service and public-private partnerships, the Presidio Institute provides transformational experiences that inspire, encourage, and empower leaders to make measurable, positive impact in their communities.   
The Presidio Institute is an initiative of the Presidio Trust, a distinctive federal agency created to save the Presidio and transform it for a new national purpose. The Presidio Trust's strategic direction includes a mission to create broad impact beyond its walls, through initiatives like the Presidio Institute, which engages individuals, non-profits, foundations, academic institutions, government agencies, and private businesses to build a stronger pipeline of leaders who can stand up to the tests of our times. Learn More >>   

About the Presidio Trust 
The Presidio Trust, a federal agency, is an innovation in the management of a treasured American place. The Trust was created to save the Presidio and transform it for a new national purpose. The Trust's vision is that the Presidio will be forever a public place: vital to the Bay Area, important to all Americans, and recognized for achieving broad benefits for the nation. Today, the Presidio welcomes visitors, is home to a vibrant community of residents and tenants, and inspires greater good through programs that draw on its history and natural resources. The Presidio Trust serves the public with events, lodging, venues, and recreational opportunities. Learn More >>​​​