Board Spotlight | William Leimbach

William Leimbach
Bill Leimbach Save The Bay Board Member

Meet Save The Bay board member Bill Leimbach. Bill is a retired partner at Deloitte & Touche, and also serves on the board of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Contra Costa County.

Do you have a favorite Bay site or experience?
My wife and I enjoy San Francisco Bay overlook sites from East Bay ridges while hiking or biking.

How did you get involved with Save The Bay?
Betsy Cardis, Save The Bay’s director of major gifts, was brave enough to meet with me, a total unknown character, when I stopped into the Save the Bay offices to speak to someone about joining the Board.

What is the best thing about being a board member at Save The Bay?
The feeling of helping to preserve a unique environmental gem and helping to make the San Francisco Bay a symbol of excellent environmental stewardship

If you could be one Bay plant or animal, what would it be and why?
A harbor porpoise, who has found the San Francisco Bay clean enough and suitable for me to return to the Bay after being absent for 65 years!

Who is your environmental hero?
My daughter, Julie Leimbach. She and her husband Kurt, both former river rafting guides on the America River, have led our family and others in keeping three Sierra river waterways and river basins clean and healthy. She organized and consolidated the needs of various environmental groups to present their needs during negotiations for dam re-licensing. She and her husband built a straw bale house (very energy efficient!) topped with solar panels and equipped with a flash water heater. Years ago, she bought us net cloth bags and told us to stop using plastic bags.

What is your favorite thing about the San Francisco Bay Area?
Hiking and biking in all the surrounding area, especially the East Bay park lands.

What is one thing you do each day to protect the environment?
First, I listen to my daughter! Then, keep my 12-year-old solar panels in good working order, cut our water usage to EBMUD’s recommended lowest per individual usage (35 gallons per day, per person), compost vegetable matter, and drive a Prius as whenver possible.