Fact Sheet

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands

In 2001, Ambassador Walter (1908-2002) and Leonore (1918-2009) Annenberg signed a Declaration of Trust outlining their vision for the future use of Sunnylands and itemizing permitted programs. They directed that their beautiful estate in Rancho Mirage, California, be available to serve as a sanctuary for generations of high-level national and world leaders seeking the privacy, the peace, and “the pause” needed for solving the most pressing national and international issues.

Governing organization

Trustees: The children and grandchildren of Walter and Leonore Annenberg

Wallis Annenberg

Lauren Bon

Diane Deshong

Howard Deshong III

Leonore Deshong

Elizabeth R. Kabler

Elizabeth Sorensen

Charles Annenberg Weingarten

Gregory Annenberg Weingarten

PresidentAmb. David J. Lane (Ret.)

Sunnylands: A historic estate

The estate also includes:

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Sunnylands collections

Open to the public

Restoration costs

Green technology at Sunnylands

The Center attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status for sustainability. There is a solar field with 864 solar collectors, an underground geothermal system that heats and cools Sunnylands Center, a new low-water-use irrigation system, and a sustainability team that insures the use of best practices and operates under a Green Vision statement.

The 2017-completed Administration campus is the second new-construction project at the former Annenberg estate to achieve LEED certification. This project achieved LEED platinum, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest rating.

For more information on sustainability at Sunnylands, please visit our sustainability page.