Harry T. Lester (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
is the President of Slover Library
Foundation. Well-respected throughout
Virginia and beyond, Mr. Lester has been
a tireless advocate for clean water, the arts,
community collaboration, and economic
development. In addition to co-founding
the conservation organization, Lynnhaven
River NOW, and serving on its board, he
serves on the boards of the Hampton
Roads Community Foundation and the
Chrysler Museum of Art, among others.
“Harry Lester is the consummate community leader,” said CBF
President, William C. Baker, in a statement. “To say CBF is lucky
to have him as our new Chairman, the first from Virginia, is a vast
understatement. His passionate leadership is an inspiration to all of
us, staff and board alike.”
Mr. Lester said of his appointment, “I look forward to working with
the Board and staff to implement bold actions that will move Bay
Mr. Lester previously served on CBF’s Board from 2004 through 2009,
and again from 2013 to the present. He began his tenure as Chairman
of the Board on January 20, 2016. He and his wife, Calvert, live in
Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Chairman Rotating Off the Board
Alan R. Griffith (Centreville, Maryland)
first joined CBF’s Board of Trustees in
1996. He quickly distinguished himself
as a devoted trustee with a strong personal commitment to restoring the Bay.
In addition to chairing committees, serving on task forces, and serving as
Chairman of the Board, Mr. Griffith took
pride in knowing the people behind the
organization. He often came to board and
committee meetings early so he could
meet with staff at all levels.
Professionally, Mr. Griffith enjoyed a long career with the Bank of New
York. He retired from his position as Vice Chairman in 2005 after 41
years with the company. This experience, in addition to his years of service on nonprofit boards—including the boards of Lafayette College,
The ALS Association, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and George
Washington’s Mount Vernon—makes him a valuable leader.
“Alan Griffith is one of CBF’s most dedicated and hard-working trustees.
He loves the Bay, and he loves CBF and our staff,” says CBF President
William C. Baker, adding that in his new position as an honorary trustee,
“We hope to see as much of Alan in the future as we have in the past.”
Mr. Griffith and his wife, Elizabeth “Penny” Griffith, live in Centreville,
on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
CBF Recognizes Incoming Board Members
and those Rotating Off the Board