Harry Snyder

HarrySnyder

Principal
Grant Fund Administrator
Senior Grants Analyst

Curriculum Vitae is available here

Mr. Snyder has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1963. He has a long background and experience in cy pres relief, philanthropic best practices (including grant review and recommendations) and consumer protection. As the Director of the West Coast office of Consumers Union he established procedures, including modification of California’s escheat laws, for the Court, in the case of People vs. Avco Finance, to authorize cy pres relief in class action cases. In the Levi Straus case he and Consumers Union went further, acting as Amicus, successfully arguing to the Court that the establishment of the California Consumer Protection Foundation was a proper exercise of the Court’s equitable powers and an acceptable way to facilitate the distribution of cy pres relief in that case.

Another aspect of his work at Consumers Union was a national project that captured the public assets of non-profit health insurers and providers when they converted to for-profit corporations. That work helped regulators, community groups and Attorneys General establish Health Foundations to distribute these assets. This work, too, was based on an extension of cy pres principles as the next best use of these public funds. As a result of this work over 160 Health Foundations have been established nationally, with over $16 billion dollars in assets. The California Endowment and the Wellness Foundation are two examples of this work in California.

Mr. Snyder was appointed by the San Francisco Superior Court as Cy Pres Fund Administrator for the Vitamin Anti-Trust Cases Consumer Settlement Fund. This Fund has over $45 million. In addition, he has contracted with the California Attorney General to assist in the distribution of the Salton settlement fund (George Forman Grill) $900,000; the Mylan settlement fund, $1.8 million and the Taxol settlement fund, $500,000. In addition to the funds listed on our Home Page, Mr. Snyder has assisted plaintiff’s counsel in the distribution of other cy pres settlements including the Marianas Fund working with the Tides Foundation. He has also provided pro bono services to private and public counsel on the distribution of awards and settlement funds.

Mr. Snyder is the author of “Protecting Class Action Settlements” and is a leader in the development and implementation of Best Practices for the distribution of awards and settlement funds resulting from class action and parens patriae cases.

Mr. Snyder teaches a graduate seminar in Health Policy Advocacy at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.

Tanecia Echols, Project Director / Grants Manager

Since 2007, Ms. Echols has been involved in the local and nationwide outreach to over 1,500 non-profit organizations and public agencies, and participated in the due diligence review, management and evaluation of over 155 grants and contracts totaling approximately $52 million in class action settlement funds.