President, Pisces Foundation
David Beckman is the President of the Pisces Foundation as well as its founding staff member. He leads efforts to support innovators working to ensure a clean and healthy environment. As the Foundation’s first staff member in 2012, Beckman worked with the Foundation’s trustees to frame the Foundation’s goals, programs, principles, and operations. Additionally, he helped to open the Foundation’s offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and launch grantmaking to advance the Foundation’s vision of people and nature thriving together. Beckman previously directed the national water program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Under his leadership, the water program became one of NRDC’s national strategic priorities and substantially expanded its staff and financial support. Over the 17 years at NRDC, Beckman litigated precedent-setting water quality cases in state and federal court, 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. Beckman currently serves as Board Chair of the Water Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard Law School.