Pisces Foundation - Our People

Our People

The team at Pisces Foundation has a diverse range of experience and expertise. We value the opportunity to work in concert with our collaborators and grantees.

Trustees

Bob Fisher, Trustee

Bob Fisher is co-founder and trustee of the Pisces Foundation. He is involved in all facets of the Foundation’s strategic development and environmental programs, with a focus on water resources. In 2010, Bob co-founded, with the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the California Water Foundation, whose mission is to ensure integrated and sustainable improvements to California’s water management. In 2008, Bob led the strategic development of a new, national water program at a major national environmental advocacy organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Bob has spent his career in the retail business and working for environmental causes. From 1980 to 1999, he served in various operating roles at Gap Inc. He currently serves as the company’s board chairman. Bob recently completed over two decades of service on the Board of Trustees of the Natural Resources Defense Council, where his roles included serving as Vice Chairman. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of Conservation International, where he serves on the Executive Committee. In 2009, Bob was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Strategic Growth Council, which focuses on advancing sustainable communities that promote equity, strengthen the economy, and protect the environment for the state of California. Bob is the President of the Board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Bob attended Princeton University, where he received his BA in English Literature, and Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he received an MBA.

 

Randi Fisher, Trustee

Randi Fisher is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur focused on the nexus of the environment, health, and sustainability. She is co-founder and trustee of the Pisces Foundation in San Francisco.

The Foundation’s vision, “people and nature thriving together,” reflects Randi’s belief that awareness of the interconnectedness between people and nature is critical to our collective future. Randi is involved in the full range of the Foundation’s work with an emphasis on environmental education.

In addition to her work at the Foundation, Randi serves in leadership positions at a range of nonprofit organizations focused on environmental stewardship and human well-being. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors of National Park Foundation; Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy; a founding board member of Education Outside; and a co-founder and advisory council member of Ten Strands. Randi also provides strategic advice to the FOR-SITE Foundation.

Previously, Randi played a central role in founding Blue Sky Funders Forum, designed to build the environmental education field; provided critical early support to ChangeScale, a collaborative of leading Bay Area science and education organizations; and served as a trustee of the California Academy of Sciences, where the Foundation’s support is catalyzing a global environmental literacy initiative. Earlier in her career, Randi played a key role in developing the Bay Area Discovery Museum and encouraged youth development through her involvement with Summer Search and Breakthrough Collaborative. Randi loves supporting the environment and receiving personal inspiration from her outdoor experiences—she enjoys hiking, fishing, and sharing the out-of-doors with her family.

Randi is the honored recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Philanthropy award from the North American Association for Environmental Education and the 2015 Outstanding Philanthropy award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, along with her husband and Pisces Foundation trustee, Bob.

Randi graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1979 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Fine Arts and Psychology. In 1985, she received a Masters’ degree in Arts Administration from New York University.

President

David Beckman, President

David is President of the Pisces Foundation, an environmental philanthropy supporting innovators working to ensure clean and abundant water, a safe climate, and kids with the environmental know-how to create a sustainable world.

David previously directed the national water program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, one the nation’s largest environmental advocacy organizations. Under his leadership, the water program became one of NRDC’s national strategic priorities, substantially expanded its staff, and tripled its financial support. Over 17 years at NRDC, David litigated precedent-setting water quality cases, drafted legislation that led to implementation of groundwater monitoring and water quality programs in California, and authored reports on a range of environmental policy issues.

David currently serves as chair of the board of the Water Foundation. He has received numerous awards for his work, including an “Attorney of the Year” commendation for environmental law from California Lawyer Magazine. For five years, David served as a distinguished visiting scholar at California State University, teaching environmental policy and law.

David is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard Law School.

Staff

Carol Ting, Chief Operating Officer

Carol is Chief Operating Officer of the Pisces Foundation. As COO, Carol is responsible for translating vision and strategy into effective operations and management.

Carol most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of the Stuart Foundation, which focuses on improving life outcomes of youth through education. Under Carol’s leadership, the foundation updated and improved its operations. Previously, Carol served at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, leading its program finance team and providing grant portfolio analysis to support enterprise-wide decisions across its environment, science and patient care programs. Her non-profit career began at the Nonprofit Finance Fund in San Francisco and New York City, where she provided technical assistance and loan underwriting to small and mid-sized nonprofits. Carol also has experience working in the financial services industry in real estate asset management, credit analysis, corporate human resources and operations.

Carol graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College with a B.A. in economics and psychology. She earned a M.A. in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management. Carol lives in San Carlos with her husband and two children.

 

Anna Leff-Kich, Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Operating Officer

Anna is the Executive Assistant at the Pisces Foundation supporting the Office of the President. Anna joins Pisces after helping grow the Schoenberg Family Law Group, a boutique family law firm where she was the Firm Manager.

Anna managed the scheduling for the managing partner as well as several other attorneys, and oversaw all administrative duties including human resources, billing, external relations, and multiple office relocations. Anna also worked as the Budget Manager at Humboldt State University’s MultiCultural Center and as a Program Assistant the Boys and Girls Club in Eureka.

Anna holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Design from the University of California in Santa Cruz.

 

 

Nancy Stoner, Water Program Director and Senior Fellow

Nancy is the Director of the Water Program and a senior fellow at the Pisces Foundation. Nancy is based in Washington, D.C. and regularly spends time at the Foundation’s office in San Francisco.

Nancy most recently served as Acting Assistant Administrator for U.S. EPA’s Office of Water. As a top EPA policymaker on water over the last three years, Nancy was responsible for protecting surface water resources and ensuring the safety of tap water across the United States. She is exceptionally knowledgeable about water and has visited every corner of the country to see new technology, cutting-edge programs, and innovative partnerships first hand. Prior to serving in the EPA, Nancy was the Co-Director of the NRDC Water Program, promoting sound water resource management nationally and in specific watersheds. Nancy also worked as Director of the Office of Planning and Policy Analysis in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Nancy is a graduate of Yale Law School and the University of Virginia.

 

Jason Morris, Environmental Education Senior Program Officer

Jason is a Senior Program Officer at the Pisces Foundation, focusing on Environmental Education. In this role, Jason leads the Foundation’s grantmaking in environmental education and implements strategies to shape environmental education initiatives nationally. Jason was most recently Interim President and CEO at NatureBridge, which provides hands-on environmental education programs for children and teens. In that role, and previously as Executive Vice President of the organization, Jason oversaw all aspects of NatureBridge’s residential programs in six national parks across the country.

Jason’s career in the environmental education field has taken him from the Navajo Reservation in Utah, to the San Francisco Bay, to national parks across the country, where he led the design and delivery of high quality, research-based programs serving hundreds of thousands of young people. Over the course of his career, Jason has partnered with researchers at Stanford University to connect research with practice. He also co-founded ChangeScale, a collaborative of leading academics, funders, practitioners, and thought leaders working together to build and strengthen the field of environmental education.

Jason holds a M.A. in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College. Jason lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter; he enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, and camping by any wild river with native trout species.

 

Kaylee Mulligan, Program Associate

Kaylee is a Program Associate at the Pisces Foundation, focusing on the Environmental Education Program. Kaylee comes to Pisces from NatureBridge, a non-profit organization that operates environmental science education programs for youth in national parks. As Summer Programs Manager, she oversaw the sales & marketing, operations, and education aspects of ten weeks of summer programming.

Prior to that, Kaylee served as Director of the Coastal Center at Milford Point, one of Connecticut Audubon Society’s four regional nature centers. She managed the daily operations of the nature center while strengthening development efforts and increasing the number of students served by its environmental education programs. She also has previous on-the-ground experience as an educator for Sierra Outdoor School.

Kaylee has a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Yale University.

 

Vrinda Manglik, Program Associate

Vrinda is the Program Associate for the Pisces Foundation’s Climate and Energy Program. Vrinda comes to Pisces from the Sierra Club, where she was a Campaign Representative in the organization’s International Climate & Energy Campaign. In this role, Vrinda campaigned against public spending for fossil fuel development overseas and advocated for increased investment in distributed renewable solutions to help achieve universal energy access.

Vrinda has also worked as a Research Associate for the Environmental Law Institute, as a Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellow for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and as a Field Organizer for Organizing for America – Virginia. In graduate school, she conducted social science research on a conflict over a proposed gold and copper mine in Peru.

Vrinda has a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.

 

Jessica Hickok, Grants Manager

Jessica is Grants Manager of the Pisces Foundation. She helps manage the Foundation’s grantmaking policies, procedures, and systems. Jessica most recently served as The James Irvine Foundation’s Grants Manager, and prior to that, she was with the Koret Foundation as a Program Assistant, Program Associate, and Grants Manager. Jessica also has been a Princeton-in-Africa Fellow at the Mpala Wildlife Foundation in Kenya.

Jessica is the regional membership chair for PEAK Grantmaking’s Northern California chapter; she also serves as finance officer for the Flaming Lotus Girls, a collaborative, female-driven metal and fire arts group. Jessica is on the boards of The Brooklyn Quarterly, a nonprofit literary endeavor, and Humanities West, a multidisciplinary history and arts organization. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Jessica graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative literature.

 

Annie Bronez, Office Assistant

Annie is the Washington D.C. Office Assistant with a supportive focus on the Water Resources Program. Annie joined the Pisces Foundation after practicing environmental education in the field for several years. Most recently, she worked with the non-profit The Great Basin Institute as the Education Coordinator for the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area in southern Nevada. Previously, she was an Interpretive Ranger with the George Washington Memorial Parkway, a unit of the National Park Service.

In addition to her professional work, Annie has extensive volunteer experience with local food systems and environmental advocacy in southern Appalachia.

She recently graduated from East Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree in Digital Media and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Environmental Management at George Mason University.

 

Erin Gilley, Operations Assistant

Erin is the San Francisco office’s Operations Assistant. She is responsible for office management, day-to-day administrative duties that keep the foundation running smoothly, and supporting the staff.

When not at Pisces, Erin is a freelance theatre artist who has directed plays throughout the Bay Area and in London. She has also worked as an Arts Administrator for Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, and Crowded Fire Theatre.

A native of the state of Georgia, Erin graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in English and has an M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from the University of London.

 

Emily Silence, Intern

Emily is an intern at the Pisces Foundation, based in the Washington, D.C. office. She assists the Water Program by conducting research, assisting with grantmaking activities, and analyzing other materials to support water strategic plan implementation.

Emily has interned for the Democratic Party of Virginia, assisting with grassroots organizing efforts for the Hilary Clinton campaign. She also serves as the Senior Outreach Coordinator for the Kennedy Political Union, the student run, nonpartisan, student funded lecture series on American University’s campus.

Emily is currently a senior at American University in Washington, D.C. She is working towards a double major in Political Science and Economics. She is also enrolled in a combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program in Public Policy, with a concentration in environmental policy.

For more about the purpose of the Pisces Foundation: Our Purpose.