About the Foundation

Board of Directors

Diane TalbertDiane Talbert, President

Former Senior Vice President of Cornish & Carey Commercial Real Estate with a 22 year career specializing in office leasing and sales; past owner of Cornish & Carey Residential Real Estate; active community involvement with Woodside Elementary School PTA, Woodside High School Foundation, 2005 Woodside Citizen of the Year; currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Sempervirens Fund and volunteering for Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries, Santa Clara Audubon Society; active hiker and foodie.


Liz DresselElizabeth Dressel, Vice President

Liz served as the PTA President for Woodside Elementary School, served as the School Board liaison to the PTA, was awarded Woodside Citizen of the Year in 2006, and held a leadership role in the 2001 Parcel Tax renewal campaign which infused Woodside schools with much-needed funds for key programs. An avid traveler, Liz's trips often have a philanthropic purpose. In recent years she has volunteered in orphanages on four different continents, including Peru, Cambodia and Tanzania. She is passionately involved as a fundraiser with the non-profit, Room to Read.


Rick DeBenedetti

Rick DeBenedetti, Treasurer

Property manager, industrial/commercial property; attended both Woodside Elementary and Woodside High Schools; B.S. from Cal Poly in Animal Science; M.S. from Kansas State University in field of Animal Science; director, Woodside Trail Club; member, San Mateo County Sheriffs Mounted Search & Rescue; member, Shack Riders; member, Jack Brook Horse Camp ad hoc committee; member, Jasper Ridge Coordinating Committee; member, Town of Woodside Trails Committee; member, Mounted Patrol San Mateo County; member, San Mateo County Horseman's Association; member, Disaster Animal Rescue Team (DART) of Woodside Fire Prevention District; resident of Woodside since 1955.


Jim MiltonJim Milton, Secretary

Realtor, Coldwell Banker; former member, Woodside School Foundation Board; former member Woodside High School Foundation Board; member, Woodside Recreation Committee member for 20+ years; passions are for sports, music, nature photography and family (especially 3 grand kids); native of the Bay Area; resident of Woodside since 1979.


Rob FlintRob Flint

Investor in land, securities, and venture capital; Electrical Engineering degree from Yale University; Masters Degrees in electrical engineering and in industrial engineering from Stanford University; former research associate in geophysics at Stanford University; exchange scientist at the Soviet Vostok Station (the coldest place on earth) for the winter of 1974; former member, Sierra Club Foundation Board; former member, Woodside Elementary School Foundation Board; President, Bear Gulch Foundation; involved in the renovation of the Mathisen house in Woodside Town Center now the Woodside Community Museum; volunteer, Sustainability and Conservation Committee of the Town of Woodside; advisor, $3 million renovation of the historic Folger Stable in Wunderlich County Park; resident of Woodside since 1975.


Noel Perry

Member, Woodside Community Foundation Board of Directors; founder of Next 10, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that educates and engages Californians to improve the state's future; founder, Baccharis Capital Inc., one of the first socially responsible venture capital funds; past Chairman and member, California College of the Arts Board of Trustees; member, Public Policy Institute of California’s (PPIC) Statewide Leadership Council; Advisory Board Member, Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics; founder, 100 Families Oakland (now 100 Families Alameda County) to help strengthen disadvantaged neighborhoods through intergenerational art making; founder, Oak Trees on Canada Road, a project created to beautify Canada Road in Woodside with native California oak trees; former Peace Corps volunteer where he built water projects in rural Yemeni villages; BA from the University of Rhode Island; MBA from George Washington University; is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).