Mary Tod Winchester
Mary Tod Winchester Vice President Administration & Operations Chesapeake Bay Foundation Mary Tod Winchester comes from a family of boat builders and watermen who have spent generations on and around the Chesapeake Bay. This heritage played a central part in her desire as a young woman to devote her career to improving and preserving the Bay's environment for generations to come. Mary Tod joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in 1971, during its fledgling years. Over the last 40+ years, the Foundation has grown into one of the premier regional environmental organizations in the world. She has grown with the organization over these years progressively serving as the President's secretary, developing and running the membership program, becoming Director of Administration and serving as Vice President for Administration and Operations for the last 15 years. The Foundation's operations department includes properties, facilities, vessels and vehicles valued at $30,000,000. She also serves as Secretary on the Board of Trustees. Mary Tod has been determined to “practice what we preach”. She was instrumental in the purchase of property for CBF’s current headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland in 1997 She hired and was a part of the team that designed and built an international model holistic green facility 15 years ago. The CBF Philip Merrill Environmental Center earned the first US Green Building LEED Platinum rating in the world and has won many other coveted awards, it is recognized as “the” building that educated and jump started the green building effort. In 2012 another property was acquired by CBF for preservation and an environmental center. Mary Tod is leading the team to raise the bar again by building a net-zero water and energy facility expecting to obtain the Living Building Challenge and the US Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certifications.