Tom joined the Preservation Trust in February of 2021 as Director of Operations and Finance, bringing a wide array of experience in nonprofit management with him.
His career spans a variety of leadership roles with nonprofits and trade associations. He got his start in youth development and environmental education, which led to teaching middle school science and managing Boys & Girls Club facilities. Tom served as the Executive Director of the Washington Recreation & Park Association, and most recently worked at CoMotion, the University of Washington’s Innovation Hub.
Tom was born and raised in Florida, where he fell in love with the water as a child through scuba diving, kayaking, and boating. One of his most transformational experiences was an environmental studies internship at Channel Islands National Park in California, followed by a staff role in the U.S. House of Representatives to work on environmental policy. He came to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 and moved to the San Juans in 2020 after exploring the islands for years by both land and sea.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Environmental Policy, and a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology, both from the University of Florida. He remains a community leader by volunteering with multiple nonprofits and serving on the board of Leadership Tomorrow (our region’s largest civic leadership organization) and as a Director for the Recreation Boating Association of Washington.