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 is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior or 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, the agency has 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.
Lynne Benioff, chair of the Presidio Trust board, is the co-chair of TIME and active on the boards of several organizations. She is a Distinguished Director of the Board of Overseers of the University of California San Francisco Foundation, and serves on the board of directors of The Rise Fund, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, and the Benioff Ocean Initiative. Ms. Benioff co-chairs the Presidio Tunnel Tops Campaign Committee, which has successfully raised over $100 million to create 14-acres of new parkland with a youth learning campus. In 2020, Ms. Benioff was honored by the AFP Golden Gate Chapter on National Philanthropy Day with an “Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award” for her work as the co-chair of the Presidio Tunnel Tops campaign. She formerly chaired the Presidio Trust board Governance Committee and served as a director of Common Sense Media. In 2014, Ms. Benioff was honored by Mayor Ed Lee as one of San Francisco’s “Women of the Year.” In 2020, she and her husband, Marc, received a George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for their civic engagement. Ms. Benioff received a B.S. from the University of Washington. She was appointed to the Presidio Trust board in 2015 and reappointed in 2019.
Mark W. Buell, vice chair of the Presidio Trust board, is a native San Franciscan who has spent 35 years in public and private real estate development. He served as San Francisco’s first Director of Economic Development and later as the first Director of the Emeryville Redevelopment Agency. Mr. Buell is a former board president of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and currently co-chairs the Presidio Tunnel Tops Campaign Committee with Presidio Trust board acting chair Lynne Benioff. He has also served on the boards of the Bolinas Museum, the Chez Panisse Foundation, and the California Academy of Sciences. He is president of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission and president of the Marin Community Foundation. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, he also sits on their Board of Trustees. Mr. Buell is a decorated Vietnam War veteran. He was appointed to the Presidio Trust board in June 2021.
Lenore “Leni” Eccles began her career in education in various roles including high school principal, counselor, and advisor for a university graduate school. She later served as director of a healthcare organization, working also with its national affiliates. Over the past two decades, her focus has been public service, working on governance, resource optimization, collaboration, and strategic planning. Ms. Eccles has served on the board of North Bay Summer Search, as chair of the Board of Trustees of a college preparatory high school, and most recently as chair of the Board of Trustees for the Belvedere Community Foundation. She was appointed to the Presidio Trust board in June 2021.
George M. Marcus is the co-founder and chairman of Marcus + Millichap, a publicly traded real estate brokerage firm in San Francisco. He is also the founder and chairman of Essex Property Trust. He has served on the boards of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the UCSF Foundation, the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums that built San Francisco’s de Young Museum, and was a University of California regent for 12 years. He also established the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts at San Francisco State University, his alma mater, to support students and faculty in liberal and creative art programs. He was appointed to the Presidio Trust board in June 2021.
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 in 2019.
Nicola Miner is founder of the Miner Anderson Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that advances social justice and access to equal opportunity in San Francisco and throughout the United States. She is an instructor of English composition at several Bay Area community colleges. Ms. Miner is also on the advisory panel for San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts and is a member of Earthjustice Action’s board of directors. She has a degree in History from Brown University, a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s degree in English literature from Mills College. She was appointed to the Presidio Trust board in June 2021.
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.