Where’s Bill and James? Giving Out-of-the-Box Advice to the San Bruno Community Foundation’s New ED

by: James Higa, Executive Director

Bill and I met with Leslie Katayama, a former colleague from the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, where Bill and I have both sat on the board.  She wanted to pick our brains given our vast experience in grassroots and outside-the-box thinking.

Bill & Leslie Hatayama

Leslie Hatayama and Bill Somerville

She is the new executive director of the San Bruno Community Foundation, the nonprofit created by the city of San Bruno to administer the $70 million in restitution funds received from PG&E after the tragic 2010 gas pipeline explosion.  She has an unusual but exciting challenge to figure out how to utilize the $70 million to benefit the entire community for the long term.

San Bruno Commuinity Foundation

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