Tom Steinbach

Program Director, Environment Program

Tom Steinbach

Tom Steinbach is an expert in developing and implementing philanthropic strategies to address complex social and environmental challenges globally.  As Director of the Foundation’s Environment Program he leads a team of grant makers focused on climate change, conserving the North American West, and solving environmental problems facing disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His work spans the U.S., China, India, Europe, and Latin America. For a period of time, Tom also managed the Foundation’s global Cyber and Nuclear Security Initiatives.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Tom was Executive Director of Greenbelt Alliance, a San Francisco Bay Area land conservation and urban planning nonprofit. In this role, he spearheaded conservation projects and worked to transform growth management policies in the region. At Greenbelt Alliance, he broke the traditional mold for how an environmental organization operates by building productive working relationships with businesses, communities and governments.

In earlier positions, Tom led conservation policy efforts at the Appalachian Mountain Club – the oldest conservation and recreation organization in the U.S. His work focused on natural resource protection and sustainable community development. He has also worked on resource conservation in Nepal, hazardous waste issues for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, and economic analysis for the Congressional Budget Office.

Tom is a recipient University of California's Nonprofit Leadership Fellowship and currently serves on the boards of directors of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, European Climate Foundation, Energy Foundation China, Stanford University Habitat Conservation, Western Conservation Foundation, and Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Rochester and a master of public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Read "Foundations" – A Q&A with Tom Steinbach