Program Director, Environment Program
Tom Steinbach is an expert on climate and energy policy and natural resource conservation. As Director of the Hewlett Foundation’s Environment Program he leads a team of grant makers focused on addressing climate change, increasing clean energy, conserving the North American West, and solving environmental problems disproportionately affecting the San Francisco Bay Area's disadvantaged communities. Tom also manages the Foundation’s Cyber and Nuclear Security Initiatives.
Prior to joining the Foundation staff, Tom was Executive Director of Greenbelt Alliance, a San Francisco Bay Area land conservation and urban planning nonprofit organization. In this role, he spearheaded conservation projects leading to protection of 300,000 acres of open space and worked to transform growth management policies in cities and counties around the region. At Greenbelt Alliance, he broke the traditional mold for how an environmental organization operates. Tom built productive working relationships with business, environmental justice, affordable housing, and government organizations.
In earlier positions, Tom led conservation policy efforts at the Appalachian Mountain Club – the oldest conservation and recreation organization in the United States. His work focused on federal and state natural resource protection policy and sustainable community development. He has also worked on resource conservation issues in Nepal, hazardous waste and community involvement issues as a consultant to U.S. EPA and DOE, and macro-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 for League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, European Climate Foundation, Stanford University Habitat Conservation, and Western Conservation Foundation. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Rochester and a master of public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.