Tom Steinbach is chair of the CLI Board of Directors. He is an expert in developing and implementing philanthropic strategies to address complex social and environmental challenges globally. As Executive Director of Tempest Advisors, he leads a team of philanthropy experts focused on addressing climate change in the United States and internationally.
Prior to joining Tempest Advisors, Tom was Environment Program Director at the Hewlett Foundation where he led a team of grant makers deploying $140M annually to address climate change, conserve the North American West, and solve environmental problems facing disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area.
Formerly, Tom was Executive Director of Greenbelt Alliance, a land conservation and urban planning nonprofit, where he spearheaded conservation projects and worked to transform growth management policies. 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 Board of Directors of the Flora Family 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.