Thomas S. Reeve

Background and expertise: Chair of The Trust for Public Land's National Leadership Council; past chair of The Trust for Public Land 's Washington State advisory board; past president of the board of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition; serves on the national council of the Land Trust Alliance; 18-year veteran of Microsoft, managing teams focused on consumer software, internal tools, international software versions, the Works business, media production, and the MSN.com portal site; avid traveler and outdoorsman; bachelor's degree from Harvard University; lives with his family on their Lopez Island farm, which they protected by conservation easements.

Why I believe in protecting land and creating parks: "Historically, the American experience has centered around place. You can't tell the American story without recounting tales of people and the lands where they live and explore. We need to ensure that people continue to connect with the land and that outdoor experiences-whether learning to ride your bike in a nearby park or visiting a farm where your food is grown-continue to be a part of the American story."

Why I support The Trust for Public Land: "My wife Sally and I support The Trust for Public Land as our top charity because we believe our investment of time and money in this organization has the potential to help more Americans, in more communities, in a broader variety of ways than any other conservation investment we could make."