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Francesca Vietor

Francesca Vietor

Francesca Vietor

Senior Advisor on the Environment
Why do you do what you do?

Growing up in the Bay Area afforded me the opportunity to access incredible natural beauty, breathe fresh air and drink the cleanest water in the world. I became an environmental justice advocate when I realized that not everyone had access to these fundamental human rights, and that low-income communities of color had the least access of all. It was unacceptable to me that communities who were struggling to make ends meet were also getting the brunt of environmental impacts, and I was distressed (and still am!) by what I saw as a growing disconnect from nature and our natural systems. So I have devoted my life to advocating for the environment and for access to a healthy environment.

What drew you to the foundation?

I am a third generation San Franciscan who was brought up in the Bay Area during a time when there was widespread access to opportunity and much less income disparity. We were known for our diversity, inclusion, and easy access to nature, which are now under threat. I came to the foundation to help reverse these trends and to speak up for the environment.

How would you describe your role?

I am the go-to person on environmental issues at the San Francisco Foundation. My work spans across the foundation, where I respond to general inquiries about the environment, manage our Youth Access to Nature Fund, provide environmental recommendations for donors, and give community input on environmental issues.

Are you involved in any volunteer activities?

I am Vice President of San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission, where I serve in the Environmental Justice and Policy Seat.

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