Paul Brest is the president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California. He served as law clerk to Judge Bailey Aldrich and Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan, and practiced with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in Jackson, Mississippi, doing civil rights litigation before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969. From 1987 to 1999, he served as the dean of Stanford Law School. Mr. Brest is co-author of Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking, and of Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment. Together with Hal Harvey he is co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy. Mr. Brest received an A.B. from Swarthmore College in 1962 and an LL.B from Harvard Law School in 1965.




Should donors fund projects or give general operating support?

Posted on November 18, 2009 by Paul Brest

Nonprofit organizations need flexible funding to thrive, but whether a funder provides general support or underwrites a specific project depends on the compatibility of their interests, writes Paul Brest, president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, in an essay accompanying the Foundation's recently released 2008 Annual Report… Read More