President, Flora Family Foundation and Vice Chairman, IPA Board of Directors

Steve Toben is the president of the Flora Family Foundation in Menlo Park, California. FFF supports the philanthropic activities of the descendants of Bill Hewlett, co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company. Interests of the Flora Family Foundation include international development, the environment, education, and human rights. Before joining the staff of the Flora Family Foundation, Mr. Toben served as a program officer at the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation where he directed the foundation's programs on conflict resolution and the environment.  He is a former chair of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and a co-founder of the Peace and Security Funders Group.  He is a recipient of the Peacemaker/Peacebuilder Award from the National Peace Foundation in Washington for his work in international conflict resolution.  Mr. Toben is a graduate of the Yale Law School and the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar.  He began his career as a law clerk for the Hon. Sam J. Ervin, III, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and practiced law for eight years.  His board service includes the Consensus-Building Institute in Cambridge, the Global Justice Center in New York, the Great Valley Center in Modesto, Legacy Works in Palo Alto, and the Institute for Conflict Transformation in New York.  He is a former member of the Portola Valley Town Council and twice served as mayor. 

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