The Presidio, rich with history, is where San Francisco began. This inspiring setting at the mouth of an iconic bay was home to native peoples for more than a thousand years. Later it became a cultural crossroads for three nations laying claim to its strategic position. In 1776, the same year the United States was founded, the Presidio was established as Spain’s northernmost outpost in the Americas. It then served as a Mexican fort from 1822 until 1846, when it became a premier U.S. Army post and one of our nation’s most important posts. Generations of soldiers passed through its gates, serving our nation around the world. After serving as a military base for more than 150 years the Army departed in 1994. At that time, the Presidio began the transformation to its next public purpose. Today the Presidio provides breathtaking views, many museums, recreation facilities, and homes to over 3,000 residents and more than 200 companies- all while operating without any taxpayer support. The Presidio is the only national park that is financially self-sufficient and has been able to do so through residential and corporate leasing programs. The ability to be self-sustaining has allowed the Presidio Institute the flexibility on creating a positive impact in creative ways.
Business Website: http://www.presidio.gov/presidio-trust
Year Founded: 1996
Number of Employees: 201-500