Page Knudsen Cowles

Background and expertise: Investment professional in the financial services industry during the 1980s; founder and partner in Ruminator Books Press, an independent trade book publishing company, during the 1990s; active volunteer in the Twin Cities for many years; served on the boards of the Children's Theater Company, Planned Parenthood Minnesota/South Dakota and Graywolf Press, a nationally acclaimed literary book publisher; currently serves on the board of Unity Avenue Foundation, a family foundation, and is a director of Lawrence Creek, LLC, a private investment company; former trustee of St. Paul Academy and Summit School, an independent school in St. Paul, Minnesota.; has served on the national board of The Trust for Public Land since 2000 and currently serves as chair; immediate past chair and current board member of The Conservation Campaign, The Trust for Public Land's separate 501 (c) (4) lobbying affiliate; managing director of Knudsen Vineyards in Dundee, Oregon; president of Madison Valley Park Foundation, which stewards Julia Lee's Park in Seattle; native of Seattle, Washington; received a B.A. from Yale and MBA. from Harvard University and is a chartered financial analyst.

Why I believe in protecting land and creating parks: "It's about a connection to nature for me. I like to be outside and feel the elements-the sun on my face and the wind at my back. I think nature grounds us in a way that is important for human beings. As a child I hiked and camped a lot, and my memories of the places that we went as a family remain very special to me."

Why I support The Trust for Public Land: "The work is relatively permanent in an ever-changing world. When we create a park, it stays there. We ask communities what is important to them, and we help them realize their vision. When the space is complete, people feel a sense of ownership, empowering them to be committed long-term stewards."