Drew Becher

Contact Information
President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
San Francisco Parks Alliance
1074 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

CEO of the San Francisco Parks Alliance

Since 2017, Drew was appointed as the CEO of the San Francisco Parks Alliance. SF Parks Alliance is the only city-wide parks nonprofit in San Francisco. For over 50 years, San Francisco Parks Alliance has been partnering with communities and public agencies to create, sustain, and advocate for parks and public spaces that welcome and belong to everyone. Apart from his duty at San Francisco Parks Alliance, Drew also works as a realtor at Compass / since 2016 in San Fransico area.

Drew became the 36th President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2010. Under his leadership, PHS has initiated the Plant One Million campaign to restore the region’s tree canopy; expanded the City Harvest program, which provides fresh produce to more than 1,000 families in need each week during the growing season; initiated the PHS Pop Up Garden projects; and introduced exciting new features at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

Drew had been Executive Director of the New York Restoration Project, which was founded by entertainer and environmentalist Bette Midler. Becher led the non-profit NYRP since 2006, and during his tenure was a respected leader in the city’s greening and beautification initiatives.

He previously served as Deputy Director of Washington, D.C.’s Office of Planning (2004-06), where he led the creation of the Department of Environment, and before that was associate director of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

Drew also served as Chief of Staff for the Chicago Park District (1996-2004) and Assistant to the Mayor. He helped forge Mayor Richard M. Daley’s acclaimed environmental and beautification agenda, and led many of the initiatives that are now hallmarks of Chicago’s urban renaissance.