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Thomas S. Reeve Stephen W. Baird George Bell

Page Knudsen Cowles William J. Cronon Douglas Durst F. Whitney Hatch Ignacia S. Moreno Caroline P. Niemczyk Michael E. Patterson Jeff rey A. Resnick Laura Richards Roy Richards Jr. William B. Rogers Lex Sant

Sheryl Tishman F. Jerome Tone Ana Valdez

Susan D. Whiting Page Knudsen Cowles

Page Knudsen Cowles has served on the national board of The Trust for Public Land since 2000 and recently concluded her term as chair. She has also served on the boards of the Children’s Theater Company, Planned Parenthood Minnesota/South Dakota, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Graywolf Press, and Unity Avenue Foundation, and is president of the Madison Valley Park Foundation. A Chartered Financial Analyst, she is a director of Lawrence Creek, LLC, a private investment company, and managing director of Knudsen Vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

I JOINED THE BOARD BECAUSE … my childhood friend Martha Wyckoff invited me to a board meet- ing in the Twin Cities. What really drew me in was the energy and enthusiasm of the board: I came for the work, but I stayed for the people.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AS A BOARD MEMBER WAS … meeting the philanthropic goals of our fi rst comprehensive campaign, the Power of Place.


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THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND’S WORK IS UNIQUE BECAUSE ... we’re the national organization that’s been working to create parks and open space in urban areas ever since our founding in 1972. That sets us apart from other groups with large- landscape conservation as their core mission. Our work has always been about land for people, and people increasingly live in cities—so our urban work is becoming ever more important.


the work is relatively permanent in an ever- changing world. We ask communities what is im- portant to them and help them realize their vision. When the space is complete, people feel a sense of


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ownership—empowering them to be committed, long-term stewards.

THE KEY CHALLENGE FACING THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND IS … the reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. We’ve been fortunate to grow our level of private philanthropic support, and we’re excited about the possibilities of public-private partnerships. But public funding still is and always will be critical to our work, and the LWCF is the most signifi cant source of national public funding available.

I FIRST FELL IN LOVE WITH THE NATURAL WORLD WHEN … the dads in our family took my broth- ers, cousins, and me on a backpacking trip in the Oregon Cascades. We slept out on tarps, scrambled up scree fi elds, and drank right out of mountain streams. I’ll always remember the sense of freedom, awe, and respect for the natural world I gained on that trip.

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