Nathan Fletcher’s nonprofit gets some headwind from friends in high places
Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat Nathan Fletcher, widely spoken of as a Fourth District candidate for San Diego county supervisor, has regularly promoted a nonprofit he set up in September 2014. “The Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation stands and fights for this new generation of veterans — the Exceptional Generation — returning home from war,” said a December 2016 statement from the group posted online. “Unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse and suicide are all too common.”
Then last month, the nonprofit hit some headwind when the Union-Tribune reported that Fletcher’s second wife, Democratic assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, had been hitting up big oil, drug companies, and San Diego Gas & Electric — all with a stake in state legislation — for cash to fund the Fletcher-run foundation. Now comes word that Three Wise Men is being merged into a similar venture in New York operated by the son of a wealthy Hillary Clinton backer.
“Last year, we shifted our focus to tackling the stigma of post-traumatic stress,” wrote Fletcher in his announcement of the deal with the Headstrong Project, founded by Zach Iscol. His mother Jill Iscol is a longtime Martha’s Vineyard chum of Clinton and was one of the former secretary of state’s biggest campaign-cash bundlers. Jan Iscol also funded the controversial Clinton Foundation in an amount between $250,000 to $500,000.
Zach, like Fletcher a Marine Corps veteran of the second Iraq conflict, is a 2001 alumnus of Cornell University, which also happens to be the alma mater of La Jollan Irwin Jacobs, billionaire Qualcomm founder and Clinton donor who financed Fletcher’s two failed attempts to become mayor of San Diego. Headstrong’s primary backer is the Ithaca, New York, university’s Weill Cornell Medical College, whose own major benefactor, ex-Citigroup chairman Sanford I. Weill, came up with $5 million in 2014 to bankroll a professorship at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, being built on Roosevelt Island off Manhattan.