Jeff joined the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy's (a ShoreRivers legacy organization) board in June, 2010, was elected chairman in June, 2011, and served as such through 2013, providing key guidance and support in building Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy during its formative years. He grew up near Queenstown on the Wye River and is a 1982 graduate of Washington College with a BA in Political Science. While attending college, Jeff worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources helping to integrate Wye Island into a state holding.
He and his wife, Beth, built a successful pension management company which he later sold to Susquehanna Bank, where he stayed on as chief operating officer of its Retirement Planning Division. During this time he continued with his conservation interests, serving on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s President’s Advisory Council and as a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, as well as other boards. Currently he serves on the board of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, on the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. board, the Aspen/Wye Fellows board, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Conservation Corp’s program board. Jeff’s family has long been committed to stewardship of the Wye River, and donated large tracts of land along its shores for conservation purposes–land that became the Aspen and Wye Institutes, the University of Maryland Agricultural Resource Center and the Wye Research and Education Center. He and his family live on the Wye River.