Mary Ann Beyster, current president of the La Jolla-based Foundation for Enterprise Development and a La Jolla native and resident, joined The Nature Conservancy’s California board of trustees.
“I have been an active member of The Nature Conservancy for more than two decades,” Beyster said in a press release. “I am a strong supporter of the Conservancy’s cooperative, consensus-building partnership strategies in San Diego, which is one of the most biologically rich in the world.”
The Nature Conservancy is a conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. It has protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide, including nearly 1.5 million acres of California landscape, as well as 3.8 million acres of sea floor, the release noted. Efforts in San Diego included expanding the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge and
Expanding the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge for nature to flourish and people to enjoy creating new preserves and or adding to existing conservation lands like Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve, the CanÞada de San Vicente Preserve and the Ramona Grasslands Preserve, as well as securing key migration corridors for wide-ranging species like mountain lions.
Prior to joining the FED, Beyster held management and business development positions at SAIC, CH2MHill and SRI International, working in a range of fields including energy, environment, water, life sciences, and national security.