Background and expertise: Tom has served as chair of Trust for Public Land’s National Leadership Council and Trust for Public Land’s Washington State advisory board. Currently serving on the Hawaiian Islands and Northwest advisory boards, he is also a board member and past president of the board of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. Tom has served on the national council of the Land Trust alliance and as chair of the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee. He had an 18-year career at Microsoft, managing teams focused on consumer software, internal tools, international software versions, the Works business, media production, and the MSN.com portal site. Tom is an avid traveler and outdoorsman, has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and 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 Trust for Public Land: “My wife Sally and I support 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.”