Business council picks president |

Business council picks president

David Mattocks, new president of the Sierra Business Council.

After a nationwide search, Truckee’s Sierra Business Council has a new leader.

David Mattocks, who directed his own leadership institute for the last three years, will take over the president position vacated by Jim Sayer in November last year.

Mattocks is the council’s third president in its 11-year history.

Mattocks rose to the top of the more than 20 applicants that were interviewed because of his understanding of the philanthropic community and his emphasis on collaboration, said Sierra Business Council Vice President Paquita Bath.

“He became really well known for his work with Ford Family Foundation,” said Bath “He brought a set of philanthropic and fund-raising skills that we didn’t have.”

Mattocks, who is moving to town from Mercer Island, Washington, said he will continue the council’s strategy of building economic, natural and social success in the Sierra Nevada.

“Economic prosperity goes out the window if you don’t tie it to the community and the preservation of the Sierra,” said Mattocks.

The Sierra Business Council’s message that people don’t have to sacrifice the financial well being of a community to preserve nature ” but that economic prosperity and environmental prosperity are linked ” drew Mattocks to the business council.

“The organization is compelling,” said Mattocks. “This world needs a third way of doing business.”

Along with a doctorate in education, Mattocks’ qualifications include several years directing a wing of the Ford Family Foundation, and a senior position with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

“David Mattocks brings the right combination of experience and passion to lead this organization as we work with members and community partners throughout the region to make the Sierra a great place to live, work and raise our families,” said Kate Powell Segerstrom, the council’s chairwoman, in a written statement.

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