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Presidio Institute Welcomes Inaugural Group of Cross Sector Leadership Fellows

​​​​​(Presidio of San Francisco - April 29, 2014) A prestigious group of twenty-four professionals from the business, nonprofit and government sectors nationwide arrived this week at the Presidio Institute (Institute) to participate in the ​Cross-Sector Leadership Fellows (CSL) program, a year-long, multi-city program created in partnership with 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. In the coming year, CSL fellows will also travel to Washington, D.C., and New York City for immersive learning visits.  

​"We are honored to be initiating the leadership program with this talented group," said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director, "We hope that the fellows will be inspired by the Presidio's rich history of service, along with the stunning beauty of the Institute's location at the base of the Golden Gate."   

​The CSL Fellows were selected through a competitive application process based on their established record of personal achievement (list of bios and affiliations), including demonstrated leadership, potential for growth, and commitment to community service.The program will expose Fellows to multi-disciplinary, cross-sector learning and leadership development offered at the Institute. It also offers an opportunity to learn from some of the nation's most innovative organizations. During their time at the Institute, the Fellows will visit the Gap, YearUp, City of SF, Omidyar Network, Singularity University and Google. Fellows will benefit from a rigorous program to enhance their skill sets, expand their networks, and alter their perceptions on how to best solve community challenges.   

The Fellows will apply what they have learned to collaborate with the government, private and nonprofit sectors to design solutions for the community focused projects they are working on. These projects cover a wide range, fromusing innovative financial tools to broaden access to microloans to building a national program that provides access to after-school and summer programs for middle school students, and designing new policy and advocacy programs to help fight drug-resistant infectious diseases.   

​"Through site visits to innovative businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and training organizations, Fellows will experience cross-sector leadership in practice," said David B. Smith, Presidio Institute Director, "We look forward to the resounding positive impacts in communities across the country that will result from this powerful collaboration."   

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.    

About the Presidio Institute
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. To learn more, visit:   

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. To learn more, visit