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Parks' Champion Appointed to the Presidio Trust Board


Presidio of San Francisco (December 31, 2003) — One of the chief architects for the restoration of Crissy Field has been appointed to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors by Department of Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton, the Presidio Trust announced today.

David H. Grubb, the Chairman of Swinerton Inc. and its former Chief Executive Officer, a prominent San Francisco firm, succeeds Michael Heyman as the US Department of Interior’s designee to the seven-member board of directors. The other members of the board are appointed by the President of the United States.

“I believe that Mr. Grubb will be beneficial to the Trust given his expertise and impressive background,” said Norton.

He has served on the board of trustees for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy as well as chairman of the project committee for the Crissy Field restoration effort in 2000. Mr. Grubb, who lives in the Bay Area, also chaired the construction committee of the San Francisco Zoo Board of Directors, and he is on the board of San Francisco General Hospital’s Trauma Foundation.

“David understand the business side of life,” said Toby Rosenblatt, Chairman of the Presidio Trust Board of Directors, “and has a real passion for the out of doors. He knows and loves the Presidio and understands our mission.”

Mr. Grubb graduated from Princeton University in 1958 and received a master’s degree in construction management from Stanford University in 1962. Two years later, he began work as a project manager for Swinerton Walberg, a construction firm in San Francisco.

He is currently the Chairman of Swinerton Inc., and the 12 subsidiaries which have been acquired under his supervision. A leading general contractor in the western United States and a pioneer in sustainable design solutions, Swinerton was recently awarded the Mission Bay Housing project for the University of California at San Francisco. The 600-unit residential complex project began last May.

Created by Congress in 1996, the Presidio Trust is charged with preserving the Presidio’s natural, cultural, scenic, and recreational resources while achieving financially self-sufficiency by 2013.

The park spans 1,491 acres from the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay and offers impressive views, a diverse ecosystem, a dynamic shoreline and a 300-acre historic forest. The Presidio Trust oversees 1,100 acres of the Presidio’s interior; the National Park Service manages the coastal areas.

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