Susan Harvey, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

TITLE: Program Director, Education

FUNDING AREAS: K-8 STEM education

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PROFILE: Susan Harvey is a program director of education at the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Her foundation bio shares:

Susan joined the Foundation in 1999, and she oversees grantmaking in the Education Program. As program director, Susan directs strategy and manages program staff and investments to advance STEM teaching and learning in regions throughout California, and Character development in the U.S. Before joining the Foundation, Susan worked as a software engineer, both at Qusim Systems, Inc. and at Electronic Data Systems Corporation, where she managed the development, implementation, and maintenance of multiple complex systems. She has also worked as a data processing training specialist for the Bank of California and as a practice analyst at Alta Bates Medical Research. Susan is actively involved in local community organizations, and she is a co-founder of The Lake School, a nonprofit preschool located in Oakland. She has also served on the Boards of The College Preparatory School and the Alta Bates Summit Foundation. Susan graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religion with a minor in Geography.

Allison Harvey Turner, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

TITLE: Program Director, Environment

FUNDING AREAS: Environment, water conservation, sustainable water management, land conservation in California

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PROFILE: Allison Harvey Turner serves as a program director at the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, where her focus is the environment. Her foundation bio shares:

Allison joined the Foundation in 2003, and she oversees the Foundation’s Environment Program. Allison directs strategy, and manages program staff and grantmaking to advance water management and land stewardship in California. In this role, she develops efforts to support effective programs, build strong partnerships, and develop organizational capacity. Before moving into the role of Program Director, Allison led the development and implementation of the Foundation’s water and migratory bird strategies. Allison serves on the Board for Audubon California and the Advisory Board for Sustainable Conservation. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lauren B. Dachs, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

TITLE: President and Vice Chair

FUNDING AREAS: STEM education, environment, health, character development, and citizenship

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PROFILE: Lauren B. Dachs serves as president and vice chair of the board at S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Her foundation bio shares:

Lauren is vice chair of the Board of Directors and president of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. In addition to her leadership of the Foundation and Stephen Bechtel Fund, Lauren serves on the Board of Directors for the Water Foundation and on the advisory council to Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center. In the recent past, she served on the Board of Directors of the Land Trust Alliance and on the advisory council of Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment.

Lauren has been an advisor or board member for many environment, education, and health organizations, including Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy of California, Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, Head Royce School, The Thacher School, Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Center for Underrepresented Students in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a founder of The Lake School, a nonprofit preschool located in Oakland. Lauren graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, and she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.