Stephen Baird, Chicago, Illinois, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Baird & Warner and the firm’s fifth-generation owner. He holds memberships in the World Presidents Organization, the Chief Executives Organization, and the Commercial Club of Chicago. Baird is a Life Trustee of the Morton Arboretum and a member of their Finance Committee. He serves on the local Advisory Board of U.S. Bank and the Foundation Board of Lurie Children’s Hospital. Baird is actively involved with public radio serving on the Board of WBEZ in Chicago for over 10 years. He served as its Chairman for three years and chaired the Investment, Finance, Executive and Governance Committees. A cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Baird remains active in the Harvard Community through the HAA Schools and Scholarship Committee and is the Co-Chair of the Harvard Schools Committee in Chicago, which interviews applicants for admission. Baird has long worked for the preservation of open space as past-president of CorLands, the Openlands Project, and currently as a National and Chicago Board Member for The Trust for Public Land where he serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee.
Ernest Cook, Brookline, Massachusetts, is president of the Trust for Public Land Action Fund and senior vice president of The Trust for Public Land. He oversees the Trust for Public Land’s work to create and protect public funding for parks and conservation at all levels of government.
Page Knudsen Cowles, St. Paul, Minnesota, is on the national board of The Trust for Public Land where she served as Chair from 2010 – 2016, and is immediate past chair of The Trust for Public Land’s Action Fund. Page is a founding member of The Trust for Public Land’s Minnesota Advisory Board and past Chair; and she serves on the Board of Advisors for the Yale School of Management; and as a Trustee at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She is Managing Partner of Knudsen Vineyards in Oregon, and President of Madison Valley Park Foundation. An active volunteer in the Twin Cities for many years, Page has served on the boards of the Children’s Theater Company, Planned Parenthood Minnesota/South Dakota and Graywolf Press, a nationally acclaimed literary book publisher, where she currently serves as a member of its National Council. She is a former trustee of St. Paul Academy and Summit School, an independent school in St. Paul, MN. Page was an investment professional in the financial services industry during the 1980s, and a founder and partner in Ruminator Books Press, an independent trade book publishing company. A native of Seattle, Washington, Page received her B.A. from Yale College, her M.B.A. from Harvard University and is a retired Chartered Financial Analyst.
Whitney Hatch, Ipswich, Massachusetts, serves as chairman of the board of Issue One, working to put citizens back in control of our democracy by reducing the power of money in American politics and policymaking; worked at The Trust for Public Land from 1998 until 2011 primarily as director of the New England region; served for 15 years at GTE Corporation in various capacities; currently serves on The Trust for Public Land national board; the Conservation Law Foundation board and chairs CLF’s Massachusetts advisory board; reappointed by Governor Deval Patrick to a second, seven-year term on and serves as chair of the stewardship council of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation; appointed to a 3-year term on the Ipswich Municipal Electric Subcommittee; serves on the board of the John Merck Fund and the Merck Family Fund; advisory board of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and founding board member of the School for Field Studies; previously served as chairman of the American Rivers and Management Assistance Group boards. Awarded the 2017 Liff Spirit Award from the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
Caroline Niemczyk, Bedford Hills, New York, serves as chair of The Trust for Public Land Action Fund. Also serves on the boards of The Trust for Public Land and Open Space Institute. Advisory Board roles include the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, and the Land Trust Alliance. Her career includes having served on the staff of Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, as a program officer at the Smith Richardson Foundation, as special assistant to Boston University president John Silber, and as an adjunct professor on the history faculty at Barnard College.
Thomas Reeve, Lopez Island, Washington, serves as Chair of The Trust for Public Land’s National Board. Tom is past chair of The Trust for Public Land’s National Leadership Council and of its Washington State advisory board. Currently serving on the Washington and Hawaiian Islands and Northwest advisory boards, he is also a board member and past president of the board of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. Tom has recently served on the national council of the Land Trust Alliance and as chair of the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee. He had an 18-year career at Microsoft, managing teams focused on consumer software, internal tools, international software versions, the Works business, media production, and the MSN.com portal site.
Diane Regas, Berkley, California, serves as president and CEO of The Trust for Public Land. Prior to The Trust for Public Land, Diane worked for more than a decade at Environmental Defense Fund, most recently as executive director. Prior to EDF, Diane served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as the top civil servant protecting our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays. Diane earned her A.B., M.S. in energy and resources, and J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, and resides in Berkeley, CA.