Josh Dieterich

Chief Development Officer

As Chief Development Officer, I am responsible for securing financial support for our mission. Put simply, my team serves as the bridge between people and organizations that care about our work.  From an early age, I have been fascinated by the natural world, and wanted to understand how everything fits together.  I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and was active in Boy Scout Troop 218, where I learned outdoor skills as we tramped around the local trails and peaks.

Moving to the city to study American History at Harvard College was a big change, and I eventually completed a Masters in Higher Education Policy at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, which related closely to my work in alumni affairs and development.  I spent 20 years in a succession of roles working for my alma mater, from planning reunions to managing annual fund campaigns.  In 2007 I moved to San Francisco to take on major and principal gifts roles, helping Harvard build their west coast team in preparation for the $9.67B campaign that ended in 2018.

I decided to shift my professional gears and moved to The Nature Conservancy at that time so that I could apply my skills in the mountains, valleys, and coastlines that I’ve always loved.  Coming to Point Blue in January 2020 brought me even closer to the landscapes of Marin and Sonoma, allowed me to engage with a great community that values education and the natural world, and feels poised for a next leap forward.  I’m excited to be here.

As the father of two young girls (7 and 4), I’m focused strongly on my family now.  We live in San Rafael, in the Santa Venetia neighborhood east of 101, nestled between Frank Lloyd Wright’s Civic Center and China Camp State Park.  The mix of cultural activities, hiking, and mountain biking is just right for our little clan.  When I can, I get away to the Sierras, where I ski with abandon (I grew up racing in the White Mountains and played summer league soccer with Bode Miller).  We love the Carson Valley and have a share at David Walley’s Hot Springs resort, where my girls have learned to swim.

My move to CA was in part driven by a desire to ski bigger mountains.  I’ve traveled the world, making it to Antarctica to cap my push for seven continents before I turned 35, and enjoy meditation, cooking, reading, and photography.  U2 is my favorite band; Shepard Fairey is my favorite living artist; Rembrandt is my favorite deceased artist.  I can talk about Middle Earth, hobbits, elves, and dragons at length, and recently finished Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami.  I struggle to keep up with the New Yorker, National Geographic, and Smithsonian, and when I can, read The Economist.

I believe in compassion, kindness, human rights, and leaving things better than I found them.