MENLO PARK, Calif. – The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced today that it is adding a staff member to its Environment Program with the hiring of Tom Steinbach, an environmental leader and expert in natural resource policy. Steinbach will join the Foundation as a program officer.

“Tom brings us experience, innovation and practical problem solving,” said Hal Harvey, director of the Foundation’s Environment Program. “I couldn’t be happier that he is joining the team.”

Steinbach was most recently the executive director of the Greenbelt Alliance, a San Francisco Bay Area-based nonprofit organization that works in land conservation and urban planning.

“This builds upon everything I’ve done to date,” said Steinbach, who holds a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in environment and natural resources from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “I’m thrilled to be a part of such important, broad-ranging work.”

As a program officer, Steinbach will focus on Western conservation and energy policy and help shape the Program’s ongoing strategy.

At the Greenbelt Alliance, Steinbach spearheaded efforts that have led to the conservation of more than 300,000 acres of open space and helped transform growth management policies throughout the region. Earlier this year, Tom was named a recipient of the University of California’s Nonprofit Leadership Fellowship.

Before joining the Greenbelt Alliance, he led conservation policy efforts at the Appalachian Mountain Club-the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization, based in Boston. Earlier in his career, he worked on resource conservation issues in Nepal; as a consultant to the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy; and as an economic analyst for the Congressional Budget Office.

Steinbach serves on numerous nonprofit boards. In addition to his M.P.P. degree, he holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Rochester.

About The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy and population, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. A full list of all the Hewlett Foundation’s grants can be found here.