Richard H. Beahrs
Richard H. Beahrs had a 35-year career as a media executive with Time Warner. During that time, he served as the President of Court TV and the Comedy Channel which evolved into Comedy Central. As an Executive at HBO, Beahrs managed the launch of Cinemax and the Spanish language HBO. He was also responsible for new business development at Sports Illustrated for ten years.
After his retirement in 2004, Beahrs has continued his lifetime interest in Environmental issues. In 2001, he and his wife, Carolyn, funded the launch of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at the University of California Berkeley. This multidisciplinary program has trained over 400 environmental professionals from 90 countries in sustainable development skills.
Beahrs has recently served on the UN Hunger Task Force as part of the Millennium Development Goals Initiative. He is currently focused on efforts to enhance school feeding programs with locally produced foods on the African continent.
Beahrs has served as the Chairman of the Arbor Day Foundation, the world's largest non-profit tree planting organization. He has also been on the Board of the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya and the School of Management at St. Petersburg University in Russia.
Beahrs has served as a trustee for the University of California Berkeley Foundation as well as on the Advisory Boards of numerous University initiatives and programs. He also serves on the Leadership Council of the Initiative for Global Development.
His current business activities include serving on the Board of the San Jose Giants and his role as a Senior Advisor for Revolution Foods, which provides nutritious meals for schools throughout the nation.
Beahrs graduated from UC Berkeley in 1968 and served as the Student Body President in that year.