Lauren Dachs

Lauren B. Dachs

President, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Lauren Dachs is vice chair of the Board of Directors and president of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. In addition to her leadership of the Foundation, Lauren serves on the board of directors for the Water Foundation and on the advisory council to Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center. In the recent past, she served on the board of directors of the Land Trust Alliance and on the advisory council of Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment.

Lauren has been an advisor or board member for many environment, education, and health organizations, including Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy of California, Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, Head Royce School, The Thacher School, Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Center for Underrepresented Students in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a founder of The Lake School, a nonprofit preschool located in Oakland. Lauren graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, and she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Voices from the Field

Reflections from the Spend Down of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Posted on January 7, 2021 by S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Lauren B. Dachs

Courtesy of Jonathan Petersson from Pexels Excerpted from Spending down: Laurie Dachs answers questions for family philanthropies What was the process that your foundation went through to make the decision to spend down? What drove the decision? Our Board of Directors held multiple conversations across a year, 2008, sparked by my dad as founder and board chair. At that time,… Read More