By William C. Baker, President
Keith Campbell has been my friend and trusted advisor for 15 years. He
served as CBF Chairman of the Board for
four years, stepping down in January.
Keith will remain active with CBF serving
as an Honorary Trustee.
Keith was introduced to CBF and to me by
CBF trustee Turney McKnight, who saw in
Keith all of the qualities CBF looks to in its
volunteer leaders. Turney was right. In our
2010 Annual Report, Keith wrote, “The
NIKKI DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY
Keith Campbell energizes the crowd at a CBF rally
outside D.C.’s Union Station. On November 20,
2008, hundreds gathered outside the location
of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Executive
Committee to demand action on Bay restoration.
Chesapeake is emotion. It’s what brought my
family to this part of the country when I was
a child. It’s what brought me back from
California shortly after I started my company.”
As a boy, Keith and his father would pole
their skiff in search of crabs. They never used
bait but could still net a bushel of crabs in
less than two hours. Those early experiences
did much to shape his adult thinking.
Keith has been a tireless advocate for saving
the Bay. He was the keynote speaker at our
November 2008 The Bay is Slowly Dying
rally in Washington, D.C. Later, he and I
visited with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
shortly after her appointment. He persuasively urged her to place saving the Bay at
the top of her national priorities. He has
met with governors, senators, congress-men/congresswomen, and leaders of other
environmental and business organizations.
As a result he has altered the way they
think about the environment, energy conservation, and restoration.
Keith was named 2008 Maryland
Philanthropist of the Year by the Association
of Fundraising Professionals Maryland
Chapter. He has supported dozens of organizations, most of them environmental, on the
East and West coasts and in Hawaii. In 1998,
Keith established The Keith Campbell
Foundation for the Environment. Today, the
foundation, which is run by his daughter
Samantha, is a leading funder of environmental work nationwide. Locally, the foundation
After a distinguished four years, Keith Campbell
is stepping down as Chairman of the CBF Board.
is a founding member of the Bay Funders
Network, an innovative collaboration that
Keith began his leadership giving with CBF
in 1999 by supporting a new oyster restoration vessel named for his wife Patricia. He
subsequently provided the funding to transform our Communications efforts from a
supporting program to a lead department
designed to educate and encourage citizen
action. Keith has been the leading contributor to CBF’s six-year Saving a National
Treasure campaign that supported all of the
My personal gratitude to Keith for his friendship and visionary guidance knows no limit.
He embodies the best qualities of a leader.
All of us at CBF will miss Keith’s leadership
as Chairman, but we know that as an
Honorary Trustee he will remain fully
engaged. CBF and the Bay he loves so much
will be the better for it.
At its January 19th meeting, CBF’s Board of Trustees approved the nomination of Simon Sidamon-Eristoff to serve
as the Board’s next Chairman, succeeding
Keith Campbell, who had served for the
previous four years.
Sidamon-Eristoff joined CBF’s Board in
2003, and has served as a member of the
Board’s Executive Committee, Chairman of
the Litigation Committee, and member of
the Saving a National Treasure Campaign
Sidamon-Eristoff is a
member of the tax-exempt organization
practice group at Kalbian Hagerty LLP, where he
is of counsel, and lives in Washington, D.C.,
with his wife Nancy and their three children.
JEN WALLACE/CBF STAFF