A prestigious group of twenty-four professionals from the business, nonprofit and government sectors nationwide arrived last month at the Presidio Institute (Institute) to participate in the Cross-Sector Leadership Fellows (CSL) program, a 6-month-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 addition to San Francisco, 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, including 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, from driving transformation for children and families in economically depressed communities in New York by working with Collective Impact partners across sectors, to expanding access to after-school and summer programs for middle school students through public-private sector partnerships, 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: http://institute.presidio.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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 www.presidio.gov

Presidio Institute 2014 Cross Sector Leadership Fellows

NOEL ANDERSON
National Senior Director of Programs
Year Up

MARITZA ARROYO
Executive Director
Zone 26

ALLISON BARMANN
Vice President of Strategy & Learning
Bush Foundation

JARRETT BARRIOS
Chief Executive Officer
American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles

KEITH BERGTHOLD
Executive Director
Fresno Metro Ministry/RCI

KIRSTEN BRECKINRIDGE
Program Officer, Social Innovation Fund
Corporation for National and Community Service

RUTH BROWNE
Chief Executive Officer
Arthur Ashe institute for Urban Health

CLAIRE BURNS
Senior Vice President
MetLife

DEVIN HOLMES
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Warrior Gateway

DANIEL HOMSEY
Director of Neighborhood Resilience
City and County of San Francisco

LYNSEY JEFFRIES
National Chief Executive Officer
Higher Achievement

LAURA KOHN
Executive Director Education
Synergy Alliance

PAUL KRUCHOSKI
Special Assistant for Policy
U.S. Department of State

STEPHEN LOWE
Director, Business Service Innovation and Planning
U.S. Department of Agriculture

JEWLYA LYNN
Chief Executive Officer
Spark Policy Institute

CHRIS MARVIN
Managing Director
Got Your 6

KUNAL MERCHANT
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Sacramento Kings

JIM MURRAY
Director, John Gardner Postgraduate Public Service Programs
Sanford University, HAAS Center for Public Service

MATTHEW MURRAY
Senior Director of Innovation
Global Nutrition Group, PepsiCo

KATIE NEDL
Director, Human Resources
BlackRock

BETO PALLARES
Managing Director
Joseph Advisory Services, LLC

MATTHEW RUNYON
Director of Program Operations
Team Rubicon

ALLISON STONE
Associate Director, Trails and Philanthropy
The Presidio Trust

JAMI TAYLOR
Senior Director, Global Access Policy
Johnson & Johnson