Introducing the Blue Sky Leadership Council

    July 31, 2017
    by Randi Fisher

    Blue Sky is now in its third year, and I am thrilled with the momentum we’ve created together to expand philanthropy that advances environmental literacy and connects people and nature. We have experienced many exciting successes and opportunities as a network thus far. This past year, Blue Sky and its partners celebrated the National Park Service Centennial, elevating the conversation among environmental funders beyond preserving wild places to ensuring that all communities have access to the outdoors and environmental learning. As we advanced our work at the national level, I was honored to visit the White House in April 2016 with other Blue Sky trustees to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama. Another highlight of the last year was witnessing major wins for people and nature at the state and local levels. With key contributions from Blue Sky funders, we saw voters make Oregon the first state in the nation to dedicate funding to outdoor education this past November.

    This year, Blue Sky’s steering committee adopted a new governance structure which included updates to the role of our advisors and steering committee to strengthen our work together. In addition, a new body of leaders was created: Blue Sky’s leadership council. This group of visionaries, advocates, and highly-regarded philanthropists will shine a light on Blue Sky’s work and the field that connects people and nature to the broader funding community.

    We are honored to partner with the members of the inaugural leadership council. These individuals are as diverse as Blue Sky’s members and the field we support. They include a Presbyterian minister, the executive director of a world-renowned aquarium, and the chief medical officer of a major regional health system. They represent small, place-based family foundations and large grantmakers with multiple program areas. They come from the bustling city of Atlanta, from the mountain haven of Jackson Hole, and from the innovation hub of Silicon Valley. Together, this group of leaders will serve as champions for the increasingly critical work that Blue Sky and its members support.

    Please join me in welcoming our new leadership council, and get to know these inspirational leaders!

    I could not be more excited to have the partnership of these incredible leaders, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Blue Sky. 

    Randi Fisher is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur focused on the nexus of environment, health, and sustainability. She is co-founder and trustee of the Pisces Foundation in San Francisco. In addition to her work at the Foundation, Randi serves in leadership positions at a range of nonprofit organizations focused on environmental stewardship and human well-being. Randi founded the Blue Sky Funders Forum in 2014.


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