”We are excited to have Sam Hodder join us as president and CEO,” said Jim Larson, president of the Save the Redwoods League board of directors. “Not only is he an award-winning conservationist with a passion for the outdoors, but he has also proven that he can successfully lead a statewide organization through complex projects and campaigns. He is the right person to steward Save the Redwoods League into the organization’s next century with renewed commitment to our mission.”
Hodder first began his career as an intern at the Trust for Public Land in San Francisco and emerged as one of its top leaders, spending more than 20 years with the organization on both the West and East Coasts. He has managed land conservation projects in Oregon, Washington, New Hampshire and Maine, conserving working farms and forests, urban trails and green spaces, virgin forests and pristine lakes and rivers, and all manner of wild places for people to enjoy.
”I am humbled and honored to have been selected to lead Save the Redwoods League as president and CEO,” said Hodder. “At a time when more and more of us live in cities, and we are increasingly isolated from the natural landscapes that sustain us, the work of Save the Redwoods League is more important than ever. For nearly a century, the league has taken responsibility for the forests that have inspired generations of Americans. Rooted both in leading scientific research and the inspirational power of these special places, the league has set the gold standard in conservation, education and stewardship of our redwood forests. I am grateful for the opportunity, inspired by the mission and thrilled to join such an outstanding team.”
Hodder is the recipient of numerous awards for his conservation work, including the New England Society for American Foresters Integrity in Conservation award and the Maine League of Conservation Voters Legislative Excellence award. He was also recognized by the Portland Press-Herald (Maine’s largest newspaper) as one of seven Mainers Who Left a Mark.
Hodder is a graduate of Princeton University and an enthusiastic explorer of California’s parks and trails. He lives in the East Bay with his wife Kendra and their four young sons.