Harry S. Gruner (Stevenson, Maryland) is co-founder and co-managing general partner of
JMI Equity, a Baltimore-based venture capital firm specializing in building technology
companies undergoing rapid growth and
change. He comes to CBF with a long history of service on corporate and nonprofit
boards. He and his wife, Rebecca, share a
deep environmental ethic, stemming in part
from her childhood spent growing up on a
working farm in Pennsylvania. They live in Stevenson, Maryland, and
have raised three children.
Mark S. Ordan (Bethesda, Maryland) is
Chairman of WP Glimcher, a retail management and development company. Mr.
Ordan has successfully led a variety of corporations over the course of his career,
serving as CEO of Sunrise Senior Living,
The Mills Corporation, Balducci’s, and
Fresh Fields Market. Mr. Ordan cares
deeply about the communities in which he
lives and works, and is involved in numerous philanthropic organizations. He presently serves on the board of
SEED Foundation, which works to prepare disadvantaged youth for
success in college. He and his wife Liz live in Bethesda, Maryland.
Jeanne Trimble Hoffman (Swoope,
Virginia), a ninth generation farmer, is
highly respected in the agricultural, equestrian, and conservation communities. She
and her family run an all-grass, commercial cow-calf operation in the headwaters
of the South Fork of the Shenandoah
River. The farm has implemented many
conservation practices including rotational grazing, livestock exclusion, riparian forest buffers, and native grasses for grazing. Ms. Hoffman is
married to Bobby Whitescarver, a noted field conservationist with
31 years of experience with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Trustees Rotating Off the Board
Richard L. Franyo (Annapolis, Maryland)
came to Annapolis after a 30-year career in
investment banking. He quickly immersed
himself in the city’s sailing, fishing, and
philanthropic communities and opened
Boatyard Bar & Grill, a mainstay of
Annapolis’ Eastport neighborhood. The
Boatyard is member of One Percent for the
Planet and recycles everything—even its
food scraps and, of course, oyster shells. A longtime friend and sup-
porter of CBF, Mr. Franyo was pivotal to the creation of Bands in the
Sand, CBF’s annual “party with a purpose,” which has raised more
than $1.3 million for the organization over the past ten years. He has
served on CBF’s Board of Trustees since 2007 and will now serve as
an Honorary Trustee.
H. Turney McKnight (Whitehall, Maryland)
is the President of The Sumner T. McKnight
Foundation. A farmer, attorney, and outdoor writer, Mr. McKnight is passionate
about preserving our region’s wild spaces
and protecting the natural environment.
He is active in the leadership of numerous
conservation organizations, serving on the
boards of Chesapeake Conservancy,
Atlantic Salmon Federation, and the
Harford Land Trust, among others. Mr. McKnight’s service on CBF’s
Board of Trustees initially began in 1984. He has been a valued member of our Litigation Committee.
Truman T. Semans (Baltimore, Maryland)
is Vice Chairman of Brown Advisory and
serves on the Investment Committee of
Mercy Medical Center, the Archdiocese of
Baltimore, and the Finance Committee of
the Maryland Province. Mr. Semans has
been a friend and supporter of CBF for
more than forty years, beginning his first
tenure on our Board of Trustees in 1973.
He has had a profound impact on the organization, volunteering his time and energy and shaping our agenda.
CBF President William C. Baker initially joined the organization as
an intern in 1976 at Mr. Seman’s invitation. In 2008, after more than
three decades of distinguished service towards the goal of Saving the
Bay, CBF awarded Mr. Semans the Edmund A. Stanley, Jr.
Environmental Medal, the organization’s highest honor. Mr. Semans
and his wife, Nellie, live in Baltimore. He will now serve as an
Anthony A. Williams (Washington, D.C.) is
CEO of the Federal City Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
improvement of Washington, DC. A two-term Mayor of Washington (1999 to 2007),
Mr. Williams is remembered for revitalizing the city’s economy. In addition, he
leaves an environmental legacy, having
established the city’s Department of Energy
and the Environment, an agency tasked
with promoting environmentally responsible behavior and creating a
more sustainable urban environment. Most recently, he has been a
vocal proponent of efforts to restore the Anacostia River. Mr.
Williams joined CBF’s Board of Trustees in 2007 and served on the
Nominating and Governance Committee.