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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 18, 1997



President Clinton today announces his intent to appoint Edward Blakely, Donald G. Fisher, Amy Meyer, Mary G. Murphy, William K. Reilly and Toby Rosenblatt to the Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust.

Edward Blakely of Los Angeles, California, is the Dean of the School of Urban Planning and Development at the University of California. He previously served as Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley from 1986-1994. A native of California, he has more than twenty-five years of experience in teaching, academic administration and policy development and is a leading figure in the fields of planning, agriculture, real estate and rural and local economic development.

Dr. Blakely received the 1990 San Francisco Foundation Award for improving community life in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a Member of the Presidio Council, he helped formulate the development concept for the park. Dr. Blakely received his B.A. from the University of California at Riverside, his M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his Ed.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Donald G. Fisher of San Francisco, California, is Founder and Chairman of The Gap, Inc. From 1957 - 1969 he was a partner with Fisher Property Investment Company concentrating on general contracting, real estate and management. He currently sits on the board of the University of California Haas School of Business and Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and he is a Trustee of Princeton University. He also serves on the San Francisco Bay Area Council, the Board of Directors of the Charles Schwab Corporation and AirTouch Communications. Mr. Fisher received his B.S. from the University of California.

Amy Meyer of San Francisco, California, is Chair of People For The Presidio, formed in 1993 to work on the legislation creating the Presidio Trust. Since 1971, she has been Co-Chair of People For A Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Ms. Meyer has served as Vice- Chair of the GGNRA Advisory Commission since her appointment by the Secretary of the Interior in 1974. Under two mayors, from 1976-1988, she served on the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission. Ms. Meyer is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds an M.F.A. from California College of Arts and Crafts.

Mary G. Murphy, of San Francisco, California, is an expert in commercial real estate law including acquisition, financing, land use and development, management and leasing with the firm of Farella, Braun & Martel. Ms. Murphy was Vice-President of the Board of Permit Appeals for the City and County of San Francisco. She is also a member and the former Co-Chair of Neighborhood Associations for Presidio Planning (NAPP), an umbrella organization consisting of nine San Francisco neighborhood associations surrounding the Presidio of San Francisco. As chair of NAPP, Ms. Murphy testified before the U.S. Congress in 1994 and 1995 regarding the legislation to create the Presidio Trust. Ms. Murphy graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1981, was a Rhodes Scholar receiving her Honours B.A. from Oxford University in 1983 and received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard University in 1986.

William K. Reilly, of San Francisco, California, is the former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He presently serves as a Visiting Professor at Stanford University?s Institute for International Studies. Mr. Reilly is also associated with the Texas Pacific Group which invests in environmental companies and technologies in the United States, Latin America and Asia. He serves on the boards of Yale University, National Geographic Society, World Wildlife Fund and the Dupont Company. Mr. Reilly is a graduate of Yale University, received his J.D. from Harvard University and his masters degree in urban planning from Columbia University. He served as a U.S. Army captain from 1966 to 1967.

Toby Rosenblatt, of San Francisco, California, is the President of The Glen Ellen Company of San Francisco and Vice President of Founders Investments Ltd. of Salt Lake City, both private companies in the business of financial consulting and investments. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Golden Gate National Parks Association, a position he has held since 1991. The Association is a non-profit, member-supported organization which provides financial and volunteer support to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Mr. Rosenblatt served as President of the San Francisco City Planning Commission from 1977 to 1988. He holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

On November 12, 1996 the Congress passed and the President signed into law a bill which provided for the creation of the Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust for the purpose of managing the resources of Presidio in a manner consistent with sound principles of land use planning and management. There are seven members of the Board of Directors, six of whom are appointed by the President. The other member is the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary's designee. The Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust is charged with managing the leasing, maintenance, rehabilitation and improvement of property within the Presidio under its administrative jurisdiction.