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for Research and Development

MacGyver's employer for seasons 2-7, the Phoenix Foundation is a privately funded research and development "think-tank" organization which offers a broad range of services to both Government and Private sectors.

Located initially in a single high security building designed and built by Lawton Enterprises, we later saw that the foundation had another separate facility which seemed to consist entirely of underground laboratories. Both buildings were very hi-tech, both in design and incorporated systems, from security right through to an apparently very accurate stock inventory system. This high security afforded the foundation the ability to provide secure research and development facilities to military, who enlisted the foundations help in a number of projects.

Western Division Head Office

The Phoenix Foundation is active in many areas of research and development other than military; these included such things as law enforcement, environmental research and protection initiatives, public assistance programs such as hearing restoration for the deaf. They also provided other consultation services such as mediation and negotiation, witness protection reassignment, environmental impact consultation to name but a few.

A number of foundation staff were ex-DXS agents who saw the foundation as a way of continuing the peace process they started at the DXS. Most of them maintained their security clearance levels which aided the foundations abilities to work around red tape and politics to get speedy results where other agencies wouldn’t be able to.

It has been speculated that the “Western Division” seen on some of the foundations signs would indicate that it has various satellite departments around the country and possibly even world wide, although this was never confirmed in any episode.

Head Office
508 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 555-6675


Western Division Secure Research Facility

Key Personnel
Ed Farrel
Board Chairman

Peter Thornton
Director of Field Operations

Matt Webber
Director of Intelligence

Field Operative

Nikki Carpenter
Field Operative

Maria Romburg
Field Operative


Dr. Kozby
Scientist / Project Leader

Projects of Interest
Security Consultation | Personal  Protection & Reestablishment | Youth Development  |  Animal Conservation | Hearing Restoration | Covert Operations  |  Environmental impact and protection


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