August 21, 2019 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced the hire of Lydia Van Note, Director of Community Impact, Environment Initiatives.

Van Note will oversee environmental programs and priorities of The San Diego Foundation, including the Opening the Outdoors Program and Climate Program. Working with a cross-section of donors, public officials, businesses and local leaders, she will build strategic partnerships that strengthen climate resilience for communities across the region, create more opportunities for San Diegans from underserved areas to experience the outdoors, and protect the natural environment San Diego County is known for.

Van Note brings more than 17 years of experience building demand for public policies at the local, state and federal levels. Throughout her career, Van Note has played an integral role in creating positive change for the environment, working families and public health. She has previously served as a nonprofit and campaign consultant, leading local environmental ballot initiatives and assisting candidates running for local office. Before moving to San Diego, Van Note was Nevada’s leading clean energy advocate for more than a decade, worked for U.S. Senator Harry Reid as his Energy Representative, and served as the Regional Representative of the Sierra Club. Van Note also volunteers as Board Chair of the San Diego League of Conservation Voters and is a Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project. Van Note graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in liberal arts.

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Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 336-254-7056,