Chris DeCardy, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

TITLE: Vice President and Director of Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Conservation and science; population and reproductive health; and children, families, and communities

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PROFILE: Trained in journalism and public policy, Chris DeCardy knows how to raise awareness for a cause. Before the David and Lucille Packard Foundation brought him on as communications director in 2002, DeCardy was executive director at Environmental Media Services, where he spent seven years waging campaigns to improve media coverage of environmental issues. During his time at Packard, DeCardy has risen through the ranks, eventually earning himself the position of Vice President and Director of Programs. In this capacity, DeCardy oversees the foundation's grantmaking work and also leads Packard's communications and evaluation departments.

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Chris DeCardy is vice president and director of programs. He oversees grantmaking across the Foundation’s program areas as well as the Communications and Evaluation departments. He also works with the CEO and Board on special grantmaking and has led several cross-foundation initiatives on communications, operations and networking. He joined the Foundation in 2002 as director of communications. Prior to joining the Foundation, Chris worked for seven years at Environmental Media Services (EMS), first as associate director and then as executive director from 1998 to 2002. At EMS, he designed and implemented campaigns to improve and expand media coverage of environmental issues. Chris has also started organizations dedicated to improving utilization of networks and technology among environmental nonprofits and to reducing climate pollution at the community level. Chris holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He serves on the boards or in an advisory capacity to a number of nonprofit and community organizations. Chris previously served on the board of Northern California Grantmakers and is an American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley Senior Fellow.