Sailing Legend Jobson Named Chairman of Chesapeake Bay Trust

Gary Jobson, one of the best-known names in sailing, has just been named Chairman of the Board of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

The nonprofit organization awards Maryland state grants to fund watershed restoration projects, engage the community, and bring environmental programs to Bay-region schools. The money comes, in part, from the sale of the state’s Chesapeake Bay license plate, donations to the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund on a state income tax form, donations from boating, fishing, and hunting license-holders.

Jobson will chair the Board of Trustees, taking over for Annapolis-based attorney Benjamin S. Wechsler, who will stay on as Vice Chair.

Jobson, who has won the America’s Cup and covered it for ESPN several times, has also served on leadership teams for hospitals, colleges, and of course, sailing organizations.

He’s currently Trustee Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and on committees at the Naval Academy and St. John’s College in Annapolis. He is also the longtime chair of the Leukemia Cup Regatta series, Vice President of the Board of World Sailing, the sport’s international governing body, and past president of U.S. Sailing.

“The Trust is very lucky to have Gary at the helm for the next phase of our growth,” said Jana Davis, Trust executive director. “Gary brings a broad perspective on education, environmental and health issues and proven leadership experience to the Chairman role.”

In its 34 years, the Chesapeake Bay Trust has awarded more than $100 million in the form of 14,000 local grants.

-Meg Walburn Viviano