Tom’s greatest joy growing up came from running around the woods of the northeast, sailing the New England coast, and traveling to the Bahamas. At twenty, Tom solidified his love of nature and adventure while hiking the northern 400 miles of the Appalachian Trail. A life of celebrating and caring for nature was unfolding.
After a degree in Recreation and Park Management from the University of Oregon, Tom spent his twenties as an environmental educator and wilderness guide. This included stints with Outward Bound, working in Yosemite National Park, and managing youth trail crews throughout the western states.
Shifting from education to advocacy, Tom spent two decades as a nonprofit executive and Board member for conservation organizations working in the U.S. Northern Rockies and Canadian Rockies. His work focused on maintaining wildlife movement corridors and promoting coexistence between people and wildlife. On the side, Tom led small group travel tours in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.
After a seven month, thirteen-country adventure around the world, Tom began working in an international context. During the past eight years, he has served as executive director, fundraiser, communications coordinator and consultant for multiple nonprofits and social enterprises in the areas of economic development, environmental conservation, health, renewable energy and sustainable community development. This included time as executive director of the International League of Conservation Photographers, some of whom are associated with Lindblad.
From his home base in California’s Monterey Bay, Tom continues his nonprofit leadership work, and now complements it with his passion for leading adventure travel programs.