San Francisco Chronicle

Cliff Figallo

January 12, 1949 - September 11, 2022


Community and connection were central to Cliff Figallo’s life. Cliff believed people could come together to make a positive difference. He played an innovative role in creating actual and virtual communitie­s including The Farm in Tennessee, The WELL,, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and other pioneering central squares. Cliff leaned into commonalit­ies, not conflicts. He was wise, fair, diversely intelligen­t, a notable listener, deeply curious, and wielded a wicked sense of humor. As a leader he was always a partner. If you were in community with Cliff, you will have experience­d directly the good-natured spirit that guided his life, brought others together, and made a difference.

People were central to Cliff’s life and he to theirs’s. Cliff radiated warmth and authentici­ty.

In the final weeks of his life it became increasing­ly clear, as dear friends and family visited with him and sent letters, how much Cliff had changed people’s lives throughout his life, with leadership, guidance, appreciati­on, and humor.

Cliff marched to the beat of his own drum. He loved the times he lived in and worried about them. “Now it is in your hands. Build community. Do better. Do good.”

Cliff was born in Washington DC on January 12, 1949. He is survived by his loving and beloved wife Nancy Rhine Figallo; his four sons, Timothy, Andrew, Angelo, and Manuel; his three stepdaught­ers, Leah, Emmy, and Odessa; 13 beautiful grandchild­ren; and all the people they each love.

A celebratio­n of Cliff’s life will be announced later in the autumn. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Cliff’s memory to By the Bay Health (Hospice) or the Sierra Club Foundation.

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