Tom Ackerman

Vice President of Education


Tom Ackerman - 2014Tenure at CBF: 2004-present

Education: George Washington University, BA Biology and BS Environmental Science; George Washington University, MEd

Tom has shared his passion for education and the environment with teachers and principals first as Director of Teacher Training and now as Vice President of Education. In his work, he facilitates environmental literacy partnerships with some of the largest school districts in the United States, co-leads a progressive multi-state and federal collaboration, and promotes policy solutions to get more students learning outside. In 2012, he helped found and continues to co-direct the Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership, a collaborative of partners around the state that supports systemic environmental literacy. He has also been instrumental in the founding and direction of the National No Child Left Inside Coalition and its Maryland and Virginia chapters. Tom is proud to serve on the Governor’s Project Green Classrooms steering committee (MD), the Chesapeake Bay Program Mid-Atlantic Education Workgroup, and as a past board member of the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators.

Prior to joining CBF, Tom was a middle and high school teacher in Harford County and earned bachelor's degrees in Biology and Environmental Science and a master's degree in Education from the George Washington University. Tom lives in Severna Park, Maryland with his wife and three sons, although Baltimore will always be his home. He enjoys kayaking, camping, travelling, and any other good excuses to spend time with his family and friends.

Prior Experience:

  • Teacher-Edgewood Middle School and Joppatowne High School, 1997-2004
  • Teacher/Member of JHU's Center for Technology in Education
  • Former participant in CBF student field programs, teacher training, and restoration projects
  • Improvisational Comedian (various)

Favorite Quote: "If children do not dip their toes in the waters of unsupervised social activity, they likely will never be able to swim in the sea of civic responsibility." ~Lowell Monke

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