The Trust for Public Land Announces David Poppe joins National Board of Directors

The Trust for Public Land announces David Poppe has joined the National Board of Directors. Poppe was elected to the board on November 19, 2020. 

“Building parks, playgrounds and green spaces that are accessible to everyone is so important in connecting our communities,” said Poppe. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with The Trust for Public Land to increase park equity and bring nature closer to home for all people.” 

Poppe is currently the president of Giverny Capital Asset Management, LLC. He is also a member of the New York Advisory Board for The Trust for Public Land, and he and his wife Cherie Henderson are longtime supporters of the New York City Playgrounds program, focused on developing asphalt schoolyards into vibrant community parks. 

Poppe spent 20 years at the investment firm Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb, LLC. From 2006 until his retirement at the end of 2018, he was a co-manager and director of the firm’s flagship Sequoia Fund. From 2016 to 2018, he served as the firm’s CEO. In 2011, he and a partner were named domestic equity managers of the year by the mutual fund rating service Morningstar. Before joining Ruane in 1999, Poppe had a 12-year career in financial journalism. He’s a former Scoutmaster of his son’s Boy Scout troop and an enthusiastic skier and hiker.  He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Columbia University. 

Parks are an essential part of improving public health, protecting vulnerable communities from the impacts of the climate crisis, and building strong community cohesion. And yet, 100 million people, including 28 million kids, do not have access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk from home. The parks we do have are not equitable, as parks serving primarily Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other communities of color are half the size and serve five times more people per acre than parks in primarily white neighborhoods. 

To bring health, climate and community benefits of the outdoors to all, The Trust for Public Land is leading a coalition of more than 200 nonprofits, companies, and community groups, we are calling on Congress to approve an emergency $500 million investment in community parks with the bipartisan Parks, Jobs and Equity Act. In addition, The Trust for Public Land is challenging the private sector to invest $50 million for the new Equitable Communities Fund to energize and accelerate the efforts of historically marginalized communities to create parks and open space across 62 communities where funding can be used immediately to help expand access. 

About The Trust for Public Land 

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit

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