Under the provisions of the Presidio Trust Act, six members of the Presidio Trust Board are appointed by the President of the United States. The seventh member, currently Todd Willens, is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior or his/her designee.
Presidentially appointed Board members serve a set term, then are either re-appointed or replaced by whomever is President when their terms expire. In the Trust's two-decade history, we've had members appointed by both Democratic and Republican Presidents.
The Board acts only as a body, taking actions by vote. All of the actions of the Trust Board are reported publicly when we publish the minutes of each meeting.
William E. Grayson, Esq., chair of the Presidio Trust board, is Managing Director at RBC Wealth Management in San Francisco where he advises company founders, significant families and endowments, and foundations. Previously, he was the National Director – Family Offices at Bernstein Private Wealth Management, president of Falcon Point Capital, and vice president of J.P. Morgan & Co. and Montgomery Securities/Bank of America Securities. Mr. Grayson practiced law for ten years and was the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Army in Washington, D.C. While at the Pentagon, he oversaw the Army’s 2,700 civilian and military lawyers and focused on global legal and policy issues including the transition of the Presidio to a national park. Mr. Grayson has a long history of public service including on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, and on numerous boards of trustees, including the University of Hawaii Foundation, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (part of the Smithsonian), and the National Park Foundation. Most recently, he was confirmed by the Senate as the US Ambassador to Estonia. Bill, his wife Laurie, their three girls and their rescue dog live on the edge of the Presidio. He holds a B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Donald J. Trump in 2017 and elected chair by his fellow board members in 2019.
Marie Louise Hurabiell, Esq., vice chair of the Presidio Trust board, an eighth generation San Franciscan, is a founder and board member of Ellipsis Health, Inc., a technology company using speech analytics to gauge the behavioral health of patients in real time. Previously, she ran her own law firm primarily providing negotiation services. She was General Counsel at both Knight Ridder Digital and Red Herring Communications. After a federal clerkship in Los Angeles, she started her career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in San Francisco. Ms. Hurabiell has led fundraising efforts for many organizations including Georgetown University, San Francisco Ballet, Wender Weis Foundation for Children, The Hamlin School, the International Museum of Women, the Junior League, Holy Family Day Home, and the SF Philharmonic. She has also served on the Georgetown University Board of Regents, as well as the boards of the Holy Family Day Home, the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, the National Charity League Golden Gate Chapter, and the Hamilton Family Center. Ms. Hurabiell received her B.A. with Honors from Georgetown University and her J.D. with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Donald J. Trump in 2018.
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 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.
U.S. Navy Admiral Thomas B. Fargo (Ret.) is a California native and resident of Hawaii. He had a distinguished 35-year career, receiving the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. He completed his military career as the four-star Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. As the senior U.S. military commander in East Asia, the Pacific, and Indian Ocean areas, Admiral Fargo led the largest unified command while directing the joint operations of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. Since retiring in 2005, he has led transportation and technology companies and has served on several public and private boards, including as Chairman of the financial services firm United States Automobile Association (USAA). He was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Donald J. Trump in 2020.
Carole McNeil, a San Francisco Bay Area native, is Chairman and Strategic Director of McNeil Capital, which invests in a wide range of real estate, venture capital, and biotech interests. She is also a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Additionally, she endowed a joint chair between the Hoover Institution and the Economics Department at Stanford University, a first-ever creative association. She is also on the Overseers Board at the Hoover Institution. Ms. McNeil resides in San Francisco. She was appointed to the Presidio Trust Board by President Donald J. Trump in 2019.
Dr. Michael A. Weiner is a Bay Area resident, radio host, author, activist, nutritionist, conservationist, and political commentator. He is the host of
The Savage Nation talk radio show and the author of 25 books, including four
New York Times best-sellers. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016. Dr. Weiner holds master’s degrees in medical botany and in medical anthropology from the University of Hawaii, and a PhD. from the University of California at Berkeley in epidemiology and nutrition sciences. He was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Donald J. Trump in 2020.
Todd Willens is Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. Mr. Willens has a long history in the federal government working on natural resources and public lands. He joined the Department of the Interior in July of 2017 as the Associate Deputy Secretary and assumed the duties of the Acting Chief of Staff in January 2019. From 2011-2017, Mr. Willens served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce of New Mexico and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife & Parks at the Department of the Interior from 2006-2008. Before he held these positions, he was the Senior Policy Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources. A native of Stockton, California, Mr. Willens is a 1994 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and now resides with his family in Washington, D.C. He was appointed as the Secretary of the Interior’s designee to the Trust board in November 2017.
Chief Executive Officer
Jean S. Fraser has dedicated her career to fostering healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, and has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Presidio Trust since 2016. Her focus is on making the Presidio a place where people of all backgrounds and abilities find inspiration, recreation and relaxation. She brings a special passion for protecting the Presidio’s open spaces and for sustainability practices that aggressively reduce waste, water use, and greenhouse gasses. Jean champions the use of data and continuous improvement techniques to help the Presidio Trust deliver efficient and quality service to the public. Under her leadership, she has deepened the Presidio Trust’s relationship with the National Park Service and the non-profit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Previously, Jean led the San Mateo County Health System and the San Francisco Health Plan, which developed a first-in-the-nation program providing affordable health care to all uninsured San Franciscans. She also served as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. Jean is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She has a degree in American history from Yale University and a JD from Yale Law School.