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Lauren B. Dachs

President and Founder

Laural Foundation

Lauren B. Dachs is president and founder of the Laural Foundation, reflecting her interest and focus on addressing California’s most pressing environmental issues. Prior to her current role, she was president and vice chair of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation from 1996 until December 2020, when it completed its planned spend down. In addition to serving on the PPIC Water Policy Center Advisory Council, she is also on the boards of the Water Foundation and Sustainable Conservation and on the advisory council to Parks California. Previously, she has served on the board of directors of the Land Trust Alliance and on the advisory council of Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment. She has long experience as an advisor or board member for many environmental, education, and health organizations. Previously, she has served and advised Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy in California, Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, Head-Royce School, the Thacher School, Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Center for Underrepresented Students in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a founder of the Lake School, a nonprofit preschool located in Oakland. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds a BA in psychology from Stanford University.