Lex Sant Joins Board of The Trust for Public Land

Lex Sant has joined the national board of directors of The Trust for Public Land, the organization announced today.

Mr. Sant is the co-founder and managing director of Persimmon Tree Capital, a private equity firm focused on investments in renewable electricity and energy efficiency.

"It is a pleasure to join the team at The Trust for Public Land, the nation's leader in providing parks close to where people live in cities, along with helping protect special lands and places across the nation," Mr. Sant said. "As a father of two girls, I know the importance of creating parks and places where families get to enjoy the outdoors."

Page Knudsen Cowles, Chair of the National Board, said, "Lex has been a leader in helping protect the environment and with his business background and passion for parks, we look forward to having him join us to help guide The Trust for Public Land in the years ahead."

Before founding Persimmon Tree Capital in 2008, Mr. Sant worked for five years at the AES Corporation, a leading global power company with electrical generation and distribution businesses in more than 20 countries. He was part of the AES Alternative Energy group, including projects and transactions related to biofuels, wind and other forms of renewable energy.

Prior to AES, Mr. Sant worked in public relations from 1994 to 2000 for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.

He has an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and earned a bachelor of arts from Dickinson College. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Chrissie, and their two daughters, Gretchen and Molly.

Mr. Sant is treasurer and trustee of the Summit Foundation, a member of the board of trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and a director emeritus and past chairman of Island Press, a leading nonprofit publisher of books on the environment.

Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than $34 billion in public funds for conservation. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year.