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The thought of working with a President of the United States seems like a distant and far-fetched one to most Americans. Whether it be a dream job, or simply a passing through, those who work for one of this nation’s presidents are clear a part of an exclusive circle and breed of person.
Work in the White House
Once upon a time, this was the life Frances Fisher led. During the George H.W. Bush administration, Fisher worked as a special assistant to the President’s counsel, as well as serving as a member of the advance team for First Lady Barbara Bush. The no-doubt demanding job didn’t stop Fisher from reaching her personal goals, however. During her time in Washington D.C., Fisher founded the National Environmental Policy Institute.
18 years ago, the University of Alabama graduate moved to Palm Beach with her family. It is on the isle among the luxury and wealthy that Fisher dove head-first into the world of philanthropy.
Philanthropy in the City She Loves
“When you care about a cause, it’s important to give of yourself,” Fisher says. “If you have the means to donate financially, those dollars will go a long way when carefully stewarded. If you have the time to have a hands-on role, that time is golden and incredibly valued by any organization…I have always tried to put service above all and give to those causes important to my family and me.”
Frances Fisher serves as chairperson or member of a number of different charitable organizations. She works with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, a center dedicated to teaching children and adults alike about nature and sea life, along with the Palm Beach Civic Association, Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper, and the Palm Beach Day Academy.
Where Her Heart Lies in Palm Beach County
One of her most personal connections, however, is with her role at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is a place where art and gardening come together in a series of exhibitions among native and non-native plant life, and sculptures. Frances Fisher serves as founding chairman of the board of trustees for the gardens.
She sees striking parallels between herself and the woman the gardens are named after. Art through a variety of mediums—be it paper or plant—has always been an important part of Palm Beach. Frances Fisher is dedicated to keeping that connection alive, well, and flourishing.