Drummond Pike

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Drummond Pike is a co-founder (with Michael Kieschnick) of CREDO, the founder and chief executive officer of Tides Network, Treasurer of the Democracy Alliance, and Chair of the Board of the Environmental Working Group.

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"Drummond Pike is founder and chief executive officer of Tides Network. Awarded as an Outstanding Foundation Professional, Drummond helped pioneer the advent of donor advised funds in philanthropy; and, through his leadership, Tides has helped increase the capacity and effectiveness of thousands of social change organizations. Prior to founding Tides in 1976, Drummond served as executive director of the Shalan Foundation, an organization dedicated to economic change and environmental sustainability. Drummond also co-founded and served as associate director for The Youth Project in Washington, D.C.; and he was among the original founders of Working Assets, a for-profit business that markets services, including phone services and credit cards, to a liberal demographic, and which provides a small percentage of its annual profit to non-profit liberal organizations.[1] His extensive public service work includes membership on several boards of directors, including the Environmental Working Group and Democracy Alliance. Drummond received a Masters of Political Science from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University after graduating with Honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz." [1]

Boards and Organizations

"Drummond currently serves on the Board of Directors of Working Assets, and was among its founders. His service on non-profit Boards includes: America's Charities, Island Press, Environmental Working Group, Tides Canada Foundation, Sage Foundation, and Social Venture Network. Drummond serves as Senior Advisor to Renewal." [2]

2008 Interview by Don Hazen. [9]

EWG's Role with Chez Panisse Foundation in the San Francisco Toxic Sludge Controversy

Drummond Pike is the Chairman of the Board of the Environmental Working Group, an organization caught up in the San Francisco toxic sludge controversy. On March 3, 2010, Alice Waters, a member of the EWG Advisory Board, appeared with EWG executive director Ken Cook and Drummond Pike at a gala event in San Francisco. "EWG staff and key supporters gathered ... to introduce the audience of environmental stalwarts to the increasing convergence of EWG’s two major fields of work -- how common toxic chemicals find their way into the bodies of America’s children and the impact of modern agriculture on the environment and human health. ... Alice Waters (pictured with Mr. Cook), celebrated chef, advocate, author, mother and pioneer of “The Edible Schoolyard” program in Berkeley, Calif, attended the Earth Dinner event. Mr. Cook payed homage to her impact on cuisine and the food system as a whole in his presentation." [10] The San Francisco Chronicle would report, "EWG President and co-founder Ken Cook welcomed new EWG advisory board member Edible Schoolyard founder Alice Waters and City Attorney Dennis Hererra as he unveiled EWG's 2010 Right to Know Campaigns. [11]

On March 17, the SFPUC would write EWG and Cook into its PR management plan of the toxic sludge issue, titled "Draft Biosolids Compost Strategy." [12] Tyrone Jue proposed to utilize the Environmental Working Group when the SFPUC launched its media campaign around the test results, writing: "Contact Environmental Working Group (Becky Sutton - soil scientist in East Bay; Ken Cook - Washington)." PDF of PUC 3/17 Draft Strategy

On April 1, EWG released a statement defending Francesca Vietor and Alice Waters of the Chez Panisse Foundation from criticism regarding their failure to publicly oppose growing food in toxic sewage sludge. The EWG report relied upon and repeated false claims in an April 1, 2010 statement by the Foundation.[13] Their release admitted, however, "advocacy organizations have been right to oppose the distribution of composted sewage sludge from the SFPUC for use on Bay Area gardens and farmland." (emphasis added) [14]

The Food Rights Network released a major investigative report on July 9, 2010 titled: Chez Sludge: How the Sewage Sludge Industry Bedded Alice Waters. [15] It examines collusion between the Chez Panisse Foundation and the SFPUC based on an extensive open records investigation of the SFPUC internal files. (To view the internal documents see: SFPUC Sludge Controversy Timeline.)

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  1. Board of Directors, Democracy Alliance, accessed July 9, 2007.
  2. Directors, Endswell Foundation , accessed July 22, 2008.
  3. Directors, Threshold Foundation, accessed August 24, 2009.
  4. Staff, Tides Shared Spaces, accessed September 25, 2009.
  5. Leadership, Institute for New Economic Thinking, accessed April 7, 2011.
  6. Board, International Rivers, accessed September 23, 2008.
  7. About, Social Policy, accessed September 29, 2009.
  8. Staff, Coalition for International Justice (Archived page from 1998), accessed June 1, 2010.
  9. Don Hazen, "Tides Brings Visionaries Together to Contemplate the Progressive Future", AlterNet, July 17, 2008.
  10. EWG Website Accessed August 23, 2010.
  11. Catherine Bigelow, In School Kitchens with Alice Waters & the Environmental Working Group, San Francisco Chronicle website, March 30, 2010.
  12. PDF of PUC 3/17 Draft Strategy
  13. SFPUC Sludge Controversy Timeline, See April 1st in the timeline.
  14. EWG To Monitor San Francisco Sludge Policy, Criticizes Unfounded Accusations Aimed At Vietor, Waters, April 1, 2010.
  15. John Stauber, Chez Sludge: How the Sewage Sludge Industry Bedded Alice Waters, PRWatch.org, July 9, 2010