Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s
“Sailors, Sustainability, and the Seas”
with David Rockefeller, Jr.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 5PM-6PM
David Rockefeller, Jr.
David Rockefeller, Jr is a longstanding businessman and philanthropist. He has held many positions amongst Rockefeller-related entities, as well as in nonprofits that support the arts, education and the environment.
Mr. Rockefeller previously served as trustee and chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation and was president of the Rockefeller Family Fund. He was twice chairman of Rockefeller & Co, which became Rockefeller Capital Management in 2018, and where he now serves on the Board of Directors. He is currently a trustee of the David Rockefeller Fund, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
As a passionate supporter of the arts, Mr. Rockefeller is a trustee of the Asian Cultural Council and a life trustee of the Museum of Modern Art. He is also a fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.
True to his family’s legacy of land preservation, Mr. Rockefeller served as citizen chair of the National Parks Foundation from 1995-2005. In 2013, Mr. Rockefeller and two of his sisters established the Peggy McGrath Rockefeller Foundation, operating under the name “Stone House Grain.” Stone House Grain holds and manages 2,000 acres of farmland in Columbia County, New York, and is dedicated to promoting regenerative agriculture as well as to supporting young farmers.
Mr. Rockefeller’s commitment to environmental preservation and his passion for sailing led him to found the nonprofit organization, Sailors for the Sea (SfS), in 2004. In 2018, SfS joined forces with the global ocean conservation organization, Oceana, becoming one of its programs. Mr. Rockefeller has joined Oceana as a director where he promotes the organization’s campaign-driven work to sailors worldwide.
As a sailor, Gary Jobson has enjoyed a long and successful career in boats small and large. He was twice named College Sailor of the Year. He has won many of the world’s offshore races, and he was tactician on the winning America’s Cup yacht, Courageous, in 1977, with skipper Ted Turner. He started his career as a sailing coach at the US Merchant Marine Academy, and later at the US Naval Academy. Since then, Jobson has authored 21 books on sailing, narrated or produced 1,200 television programs and films, has given over 2,700 lectures, and has competed in 5,700 races. His articles appear regularly in Sailing World magazine, Cruising World magazine, and What’s Up Annapolis.
Jobson spent 31 years with ESPN covering nine America’s Cup events and producing many documentaries. He has covered seven Olympics (including the upcoming Tokyo 2021 Olympics) and an America’s Cup for NBC. For his work in television, Jobson has been presented with two Emmy’s, four Tellys, and an ACE award.
For many years, Jobson has been actively involved with education, environmental issues, and healthcare. From 1993-2017, he served as Chair of the Leukemia Cup Regatta Series, which has raised over $60 million. Jobson spent 15 years on the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia. In 2012, the Gary Jobson Professorship of Medical Oncology was established at the University of Maryland Medical School for Dr. Aaron Rapoport (Johnson survived a two-year battle with lymphoma in 2003-04).
Jobson is a Trustee Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a committee member of the Friends of St. John’s College, and serves on the Fales Committee at the US Naval Academy. He is also a past President of US Sailing, America’s governing body of sailing, and Past Vice President of World Sailing.
Jobson was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame (2011) and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame (2003) by the Herreshoff Marine Museum. In 1999, he won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, US Sailing’s most prestigious award.
Jobson is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College. He attended graduate school at CW Post College (Political Science) and was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the State University of New York in 2005, and a Doctor of Humane Letters by Lakeland College in 2013.