David Beckman

    David Beckman is president of the Pisces Foundation, an environmental philanthropy supporting innovators working to ensure clean and abundant water, a safe climate, and kids with the environmental know-how to create a sustainable world. David previously directed the national water program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the nation’s largest environmental advocacy organizations. Under his leadership, the water program became one of NRDC’s national strategic priorities, substantially expanded its staff, and tripled its financial support. Over 17 years at NRDC, David litigated precedent-setting water quality cases, drafted legislation that led to implementation of groundwater monitoring and water quality programs in California, and authored reports on a range of environmental policy issues. David currently serves as chair of the board of the Water Foundation. He has received numerous awards for his work, including an “Attorney of the Year” commendation for environmental law from California Lawyer Magazine. For five years, David served as a distinguished visiting scholar at California State University, teaching environmental policy and law. David is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard Law School.