Jeanne Sedgwick is the former director of the Conservation and Science Program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California. She oversaw the program’s growth from an annual grants budget of $500,000 in 1989 to $100 million in 2000. Under her direction, the program launched the five-year, $175 million Conserving California Landscapes Initiative, which helped protect nearly 500,000 acres of California’s critical habitats, and created new national and international programs on coral reef conservation, energy efficiency in China, and marine fisheries conservation.
Ms. Sedgwick has served in a variety of board positions, including chairman of the board of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, the national affinity group of private foundations working on biodiversity conservation; vice chairman of the Phillips Brooks School, an independent elementary school in Menlo Park, California; and member of the Advisory Council at the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. Currently, she is a member of two programs at Stanford University: she is vice chairman of the board of the Stanford Habitat Conservation Plan and a member of the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve Coordinating Committee. She is also chair of the governance committee of the board of WildAid, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization working to reduce consumer demand in China for wildlife products.