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January 15, 2016


We are pleased to share that Tom Robinson will join the Open Space Council as Director of Conservation, Science, and Innovation. He will start February 16.

This is Tom Robinson

We set out looking for an experienced, strategic, collaborative, and engaging professional. And we are confident that we found that person.

Tom has worked in land conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area for sixteen years, starting with internships at the Council in 2000 and at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in 2001. As a conservation planner for the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District for the past thirteen years, Tom developed data, tools, and strategies that promote effective and efficient conservation of the county’s agriculture and natural resources.

“Sixteen years ago, when I had an internship with John Woodbury when he was Executive Director of the Council, I completed one of the most inspiring projects of my career. Now I’m returning with additional experience from Sonoma County and ready to step up to a new level to join a team that is committed to innovation, collaboration, and science-based solutions to the region’s complex land conservation challenges, such as drought, rising land values, and the effects of climate change,” Tom said.

“My years at the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District have prepared me well for this new role, and I am very grateful to have had the privilege to work in a county so full of dedicated and talented people working toward the same goal.”

Tom will lead our Protecting the Land program, currently anchored by the Council’s highly regarded Conservation Lands Network project, as well as lead our efforts to grow and evolve the land conservation field. He will work closely with our members and partners on regional efforts on drought, climate change mitigation and adaption, watershed protection, and land stewardship.

Please join us in welcoming Tom to the Open Space Council. He can be reached at [email protected] starting February 16.