Board Spotlight: Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson has been a member of Save the Bay’s Board of Directors since 2005.  Stephen lives in San Jose and is an executive recruiter for LinkedIn.   Stephen loves to go to the marsh land at Moffett Field and run along the Bay.

Why did you decide to get involved with Save The Bay?

I moved to the Bay Area in 1998 from Northern Nevada, where I was a member of the United Way’s “Project Blue Print.”   That organization focused on assisting leaders from the business community to join the boards of non-profit organizations. In 2001, I was invited to attend the BLUE event in San Francisco.  My wife and I attended the event and we were really impressed by the organization’s impact in the Bay Area.  We were moved by Save The Bay’s mission to conservation and pollution prevention of the Bay, coupled with a great staff and a large group of members/advocates.  I was surprised to learn how much of San Francisco Bay had been lost to in-fill before Save The Bay was formed and I really wanted to work with an organization that is dedicated to preserving and protecting our area’s top natural treasure.  Shortly thereafter, I was introduced to members of the board, as well as David and the staff and I knew that this was an organization that I wanted to help and serve.

What is your favorite thing about the San Francisco Bay Area?

The Bay area is so rich with culture, food and a great diversity of people that it is hard to choose just one favorite thing.  However, I love the scenic views and the Bay has so much to do with the beauty of this place that those of us who live here, as well as the countless annual visitors, all enjoy.  

Do you have a favorite site along the Bay?

I love so many areas of the bay from the shoreline in Mountain View, the Berkeley Marina, San Rafeal  However, right now I am enjoying getting out on the water and boating around the Bay.  There are so many gems to experience and discover.

What is your first/fondest memory of San Francisco Bay?

My first memories were sailing on the bay with my good friend and his father from the Richmond Marina to the Pier in San Francisco.  It was a great day and a wonderful introduction to the Bay.

Anything else you want to tell us?

The Bay area is a very special place and the Bay and her beauty adds to that each and every day.  I hope we can preserve this treasure for years to come.