D. Keith Campbell founded Campbell & Company in 1972, and currently serves as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Campbell & Company is now one of the largest derivative investment managers in the world. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, it employs more than 80 skilled professionals, and manages billions of dollars. Its worldwide client base includes institutions, corporation, and individuals.
Following his success in the investment field, Keith founded the Campbell Foundation in 1998 to improve the conditions of the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. In 2003, the Foundation expanded its reach to include Northern California under the leadership of Keith’s daughter and the Foundation’s President, Samantha Campbell.
Keith serves as Chairman of the Foundation. The Campbell Foundation is the top private funder for Chesapeake Bay waterways. Keith has also encouraged his peers and colleagues to get involved in giving, exposing them to environmental philanthropy.
In 2008, Keith was the recipient of the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and received the first Outdoors Maryland Award for Stewardship of the Environment from Maryland Public Television. Keith was also profiled in the “Voices of the Chesapeake Bay” book, and he is active in national work to address climate change.
Keith and his wife, Pat, live in Baltimore. When he is not engaged in business and environmental matters, Keith likes to fish, surf, golf, fly and travel.
“There, on the desert sands of time, lay the
bleached bones of countless thousands, who at the threshold of victory
sat down to wait.” – Unknown
Campbell & Company, Founder and Chairman – 1972 to present
The Hippodrome, Director – 2020 to present
National Aquarium in Baltimore, Director – 2014 to present
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Honorary Trustee – 2022 to present; Trustee – 2013 to 2021; Honorary Trustee – 2010-2012; Chairman – 2007 to 2010; Trustee – 2001 to 2010
Environmental Defense Fund, Director – 2013 to 2015
National Geographic Counsel of Advisors, 2012 to 2013
Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, Director – 2002 to 2010
Oyster Recovery Partnership, Director – 2001 to 2010
Assateague Coastal Trust, Director – 2003 to 2010
The Chesapeake Champions from the Chesapeake Conservancy
The Leadership Award from the Choose Clean Water Coalition
The Michael D. Hankin Award for Conservation from the Maryland Zoo
The 30th Anniversary “Pearl” Award from the The Maryland League of Conservation Voters
The Maryland Climate Leadership Award from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network
The Conservation Achievement Award from The National Wildlife Federation
The Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Maryland Chapter
In October of 2003, Samantha opened the Foundation’s San Francisco office and began as Program Officer of the Pacific Region, tasked with developing a portfolio of work focused on improving marine and estuarine ecosystem health. In those early years, her work addressed domestic needs to improve fisheries management in addition to advancing the implementation of the California Marine Life Protection Act.
In January of 2009, Samantha assumed the role of President of the Foundation, which brought the Foundation’s Chesapeake grants program under her direction. She has navigated the Foundation’s portfolio to focus on improvements to water quality in the two regions, and to a partnership approach across all Foundation initiatives.
She is currently a Trustee of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Samantha attended Syracuse University and earned a BFA in Advertising Design. She lives in San Francisco with her daughter and son.
“It is not enough to take steps which may someday lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise” – Goethe
Program Director, Civic Engagement
Julie joined the foundation in March 2005. In 2018, she assumed the role as Program Director for the Chesapeake’s Civic Engagement portfolio, after serving as the Program Officer for stormwater, land use and Waterkeeper grants. Julie is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Funders’ Network and their Urban Waters workgroup, the Green Funders of the Maryland Philanthropy Network, and the National Urban Waters Funders. The Foundation is a member of the Environmental Grantmakers Association.
Preceding her work at the foundation, Julie worked with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay as a Coordinator to the Citizens and Local Government Advisory Committees to the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office. She also worked with DC government on the restoration of Watts Branch and initially out of college as a fellow with the nutrient subcommittee of the Chesapeake Bay Program Office.
Julie is originally from the headwaters of the Chesapeake in Upstate New York where she lived on a small beef and chicken farm. She earned her Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University and her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy & Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. She has a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Julie loves reading, running, boating, relaxing with friends and traveling to different states. Julie lives in Annapolis with her husband Ed.
As an obsession planner – “Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”
Program Director, Agriculture
Alex joined the foundation in January of 2019 and brings experience in the agricultural sector, philanthropy, conservation and government.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Alex ran an independent business to help advance conservation outcomes, particularly in water quality and biodiversity. He also built a company, Ecosystem Services Exchange, that improves farm profitability and water quality. Previously Alex ran the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, worked as the government affairs director of a recycling trade association and worked for the U.S. Senate for 12 years. While working for the Senate, Alex was the principal staff lead in developing the Conservation Title of the Farm Bill.
He is currently a member of the Land Conservation Assistance Network Board Of Directors.
Alex grew up on The New Farm (1780) in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Living there and in Latin America, he witnessed how conservation and economic opportunity go hand in hand. Alex’s undergraduate degree is in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in environmental science. He has a masters of planning from Texas A&M University.
Alex travels extensively with his wife and daughter. He is an avid boater, fisherman and hunter.
“When land does well for its owner, and the owner does well by his land;
When both end up better by reason of their partnership, we have conservation.
When one or the other grows poorer, we do not.” – Aldo Leopold
The Farmer as Conservationist
Grants Administrator and Executive Assistant, Chesapeake
Angie Kobold joined The Campbell Foundation in August 2016. Angie’s work portfolio is diverse, including the private, public, and now the non-profit sector. She has worked as an executive assistant in San Francisco, supporting tech industry executives and engineering teams. Prior to moving to Annapolis, Angie lived in Augusta, Georgia, where she worked as the assistant to the IT Director for the Augusta-Richmond County Government.
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Angie grew up just two blocks from the Pacific. Since childhood, she has loved taking in the sunset and ocean breeze during evening strolls with friends and family on the beach. She received her undergraduate degree in business from San Francisco State University and dove right into a career that has highlighted her passion for planning and organizing. Angie lives in Annapolis with her husband, David, and daughters, Lizzie and Josie. On weekends they enjoy taking advantage of all the outdoor activities the area has to offer. Angie is delighted to be working for The Campbell Foundation and contributing to a sustainable future for both bay areas: her native San Francisco Bay and her new home, the Chesapeake Bay.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
Chief of Staff
Growing up, Anna spent countless hours sailing in the Stockholm archipelago and San Juan Islands in Washington, planting the seeds of what would become a life-long love and respect for the ocean. She graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in History, with a special focus on geography and anthropology. After studying in New Orleans and a semester abroad in Hungary, she pursued a Masters in International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, delving into topics as diverse as Ocean Policy, Economics of Organized Crime, and US-Latin American relations.
Anna started with the foundation in 2009, and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Pacific office and direct support for Samantha Campbell, President. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for a variety of for and non-profit agencies in
a number of capacities, ranging from database and website management to finance and fundraising.
She is a Swedish citizen, and speaks Swedish fluently. Most weekends you will find her traversing the back roads of California with camera in hand, or digging in to a delicious meal. She lives in Fairfax with her husband Aram.
“From the beginning of my journey, I had avoided the great high-speed slashes of concrete and tar called thru-ways or super highways.” – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley
Thanh joined the foundation in June of 2019. He has a wide range of experiences working in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. He believes that technology should be used to empower organizations and people working for good.
Born on the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam, Thanh and his family settled in Wichita, KS as refugees. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Thanh found his home in the rich diversity of California–both in people and place. He’s honored to be able to work on the foundation’s effort to bring people together to help protect our cherished places.
“There is no limit to the good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” – General George C. Marshall, USA
Executive and Grants Assistant, Pacific
Caroline joined The Campbell Foundation with the Chesapeake office in August 2020 and transitioned to work with the Pacific office in March 2021.
A graduate of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program, her prior work experience includes teaching fourth grade through the county’s public school Environmental Literacy program, performing avian fieldwork at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire and marine fieldwork at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, and assisting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation with their oyster restoration initiative. In 2017, Caroline graduated with a degree in Biology from Wellesley College, where she worked as a student researcher projecting the influence of various climate scenarios on the spread of forest insects and pathogens.
Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Caroline grew up exploring the Chesapeake Bay’s tributaries and developing a keen interest in researching and protecting our natural resources. Among her hobbies, Caroline spends time outdoors birding, hiking, and traveling. She has an undergraduate degree in music and enjoys both playing and teaching the piano.
She is currently serving as Board Secretary for the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis since 2019.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
Civic Engagement Fellow, Chesapeake
Elias joined The Campbell Foundation in September of 2022 as the Chesapeake Office’s Civic Engagement Fellow.
Before joining the Foundation, Elias worked on various environmental topics in the non-profit sector. These experiences include drinking water policy analysis, clean energy advocacy, and mapping air pollution as it relates to environmental justice. He graduated in the spring of 2022 with a BA from Carleton College, where he studied Environmental Studies and History. While at Carleton, his senior thesis in History examined water pollution, public health, and community action in 19th-century Boston.
Born and raised outside of Boston, Elias is glad to be back on the Eastern Seaboard following a stint in Minnesota for school. Growing up, he enjoyed spending time outdoors in the New England landscape. He continues to enjoy the outdoors, exploring the Chesapeake region and spending his free time hiking and biking.
“Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” – Terry Tempest Williams