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President Trump Appoints William Ellison Grayson to Board


​​​​Presidio of San Francisco (May 23, 2017) — The White House has announced the appointment of San Francisco resident William Ellison Grayson to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors.

Grayson is a native San Franciscan who graduated from ​St. Ignatius College Preparatory, UC Santa Barbara, and USF School of Law. He practiced law for ten years in corporate, law firm, and government settings including as the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Army in Washington, DC during the first Bush Administration. While in the Pentagon, he oversaw the Army’s 2,700 civilian and military lawyers worldwide. For the past twenty years, Grayson has been a senior investment executive and is currently a Principal at Bernstein Private Wealth Management in San Francisco.

Grayson fills the seat previously occupied by Nicola Miner on the seven member Trust board. Miner’s term on the Trust board expired in early May.

“We are very pleased to welcome Bill Grayson to the Presidio Trust board,” said Trust Board Chair John Keker. “His broad professional experience and deep connection to both San Francisco and Washington, DC will serve the Presidio well. I would also like to thank Nicola Miner for her contributions to the Presidio. We will miss Nicola’s passion for serving youth and families, especially those from​ diverse backgrounds. We’re grateful for her service.”​

“I was born and raised in San Francisco, and the Presidio has always been a very important part of my life. While in the Pentagon, I participated in the transition of the Presidio from an Army post into a stunning national park,” said Grayson. “Since then, my family and I have enjoyed hiking the trails, working out, coaching my daughter’s basketball team at the YMCA, and attending cultural events. I am deeply honored that the President appointed me to the Presidio Trust board, and I’m excited to work with my fellow directors to help steward this magnificent place.”

Grayson has served on numerous boards of trustees and investment committees, including the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, Dominican University of California, University of San Francisco School of Law, University of Hawaii Foundation, Archdiocese of San Francisco, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Grayson, his wife Laurie, and their three daug​hters reside in San Francisco, next to the Presidio.

About the Presidio Trust: The Presidio Trust, a federal agency, operates and maintains the Presidio as a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The Presidio Trust is unique in that it receives no federal funds, supporting the park’s 24 miles of walking trails, its natural areas, and the free events in the park by rehabilitating and then renting the historic Army buildings in the Presidio.

About the Presidio Trust Board: The Presidio Trust is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Six members are appointed by the President of the United States. The seventh is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior or his designee. The board currently consists of chair John Keker, vice chair Janet Reilly, Lynne Benioff, Paula R. Collins, Mark Pincus, William Ellison Grayson, and John Reynolds (designee for the Secretary of the Interior). Board terms are four years, and may be renewed once.

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