December 3, 2015

News from the Pisces Foundation

Here is a press release from the Pisces Foundation today.

Contact: Andrea Fritsch, 415-738-1213

Transitions: Pisces Foundation Executive Director Named President of Foundation

San Francisco (December 3, 2015)—The Pisces Foundation has named its Executive Director, David Beckman, President of the Foundation. Beckman, who joined the Foundation in late 2012 as its first staff member, has led the growth and development of Pisces as it completed a strategic plan, opened offices and hired staff, and launched its grantmaking in three program areas.

“David is the leader of the Foundation, and this change in title better captures his role as Pisces transitions from an early start-up phase to a staffed foundation working to implement dynamic programs,” said Robert Fisher, co-founder and trustee of the Foundation.

Motivated by a vision of people and the environment thriving together, the Pisces Foundation provides grants to organizations working to advance environmental literacy, U.S. fresh water protection, and global climate & energy policy. With offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the Foundation has attracted a talented cadre of staff, who will be joined by additional professionals over the next year as the Foundation completes its core staffing.

“I am excited by the direction of our work, inspired by our talented staff, and gratified by a supportive and productive partnership with our trustees,” said Beckman. “Together, we are building a philanthropy that, in collaboration with our grantees, is aiming to make a major impact on some of the most important issues of our day,” added Beckman.

The Foundation supports dozens of impact-oriented organizations including the California Academy of Sciences, which has launched a global environmental literacy initiative; the Water Foundation; and the International Council on Clean Transportation, which recently played a central role in uncovering excess emissions from diesel cars.

“Environmental solutions and a conservation ethic strengthen communities, economies and human well-being,” said Randi Fisher, Foundation co-founder and trustee. “The Foundation is contributing to critically important work, and we’re excited with its development and direction under David’s leadership,” added Fisher.

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