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The Presidio of San Francisco announced this week that Greg Werkheiser, a founding member of Cultural Heritage Partners, will lead the transformation of historic Fort Winfield Scott into a national home for service and leadership. Greg will bring his strong background in social entrepreneurship and cultural heritage law to the project, where he will guide the transformation of up to 21 historic buildings for use as classrooms, offices, lodging, dining and recreational facilities, lead a substantial capital campaign, and leverage partnerships to build ground-breaking programs that better prepare cross-sector leaders to solve society’s great challenges.
The U.S. Army’s Fort Winfield Scott guarded the coastline during much of the Presidio’s tenure as America’s longest operating military base. By act of Congress, the Presidio’s 1,500 acres and 800 buildings became part of the world’s largest urban national park in 1996. Fort Scott is a prize site within the park. With 11 historic, Mission Revival style buildings arranged in a crescent overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean, Fort Scott has long been imagined as a campus of national significance and enduring public purpose. The Presidio Trust, an innovative federal agency that has achieved financial independence for the park, will now convert Fort Scott into the National Center for Service and Innovative Leadership (NCSIL). The Center will be dedicated to evolving the way Americans provide leadership in service to community and country. Werkheiser’s appointment is a capstone to the two-year planning phase of the effort.
“Greg Werkheiser brings creativity and commitment to efforts to build and strengthen civic engagement and community leadership, and he is an excellent choice for this unique opportunity,” said U.S. Senator Mark Warner, a longtime collaborator with Werkheiser on civic engagement initiatives.
Read the full press release.