Tom joined the NCDEA Board of Directors as the Pacific Region Director in May 2017. In October 2017, he was appointed to serve as one of two NCDEA representatives on the National Association of Conservation District‘s Tribal Outreach and Partnership Resource Policy Group. Tom also represents NCDEA on the NACD Communications Committee and chairs NCDEA’s Communications Committee.
Tom has worked with and for conservation districts since 1992, managing district operations and providing statewide help on governance, technology, and accountability issues. He was the manager of a small, rural conservation district in northeast Washington State. before working for the Washington State Conservation Commission for 13 years. He has served as a board director for the Washington Association of Conservation Districts and as president of the Washington Association of District Employees.
Today, Tom is the General Manager for the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District. In April 2019, he was elected to a three-year term on the Oregon Association of Conservation District‘s board of directors.
Prior to his conservation career, Tom was a geologist specializing in gold and silver deposits, working in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and internationally in Indonesia.