Our Advisory Board
MARY GREGORY is Vice-President of Program at Pacific Foundation Services where she is involved with strategic planning, business development, and human resources. As a senior staff member, she supervises multiple teams, directing both program and administrative work as well as conducting research and carrying out field work. Mary works closely with families to provide guidance on a spectrum of topics, from honing the vision of a new foundation to helping families navigate intergenerational transitions. As the Executive Director for the Bella Vista Foundation since its founding in 1999, Mary has helped establish the foundation’s role as an integral funding partner for programs supporting environmental restoration and early childhood development.
Prior to PFS, Mary helped connect the private sector to the public school system at the San Francisco Education Fund, served as President of the Board of Directors for Katherine Delmar Burke School and the Randall Museum Friends, and worked as a fundraising consultant with a focus in the field of education. With a passion for community building, she has served on the board and actively volunteered for over 12 years with At The Crossroads, a nonprofit organization providing outreach and support services to homeless youth in San Francisco. Mary grew up in San Francisco and received her BA in English from Princeton University. She likes dogs, contemporary fiction, and is bewitched by her young granddaughter.
JOHN PAUL LEDERACH is a Senior Fellow at Humanity United, and Professor of International Peacebuilding and Director of Peace Accords Matrix at University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Widely known for his pioneering work in conflict transformation, Lederach is involved in conciliation work in Colombia, the Philippines, and Nepal, plus countries in East and West Africa. He has helped design and conduct training programs in 25 countries across five continents.
Lederach is the author of 22 books, including When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation, (University of Queensland Press, 2010), The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace (Oxford University Press, 2005), The Journey Toward Reconciliation (Herald Press, 1999), Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies (USIP, 1997), and Preparing for Peace: Confliction Transformation Across Cultures (Syracuse University Press, 1995).
CAMILLA SMITH is a Trustee of Teachers College at Columbia University and Trustee of Science Friday Initiative. Camilla is a community leader, author, and member of the Bay Area Public Affairs Executive Committee for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Additionally, Camilla is President of the Leakey Foundation, and serves on several national and community boards, including the National Public Radio Foundation, the SF State Foundation Board, San Francisco Performances, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Music @ Menlo, Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, Library Advisory Board at the University of California at Berkeley and the Council of Friends of the Bancroft Library. Smith edits the newsletter for The Bancroft Library, Bancroftiana. She and her husband, George Smith Jr., have five children and eight grandchildren.