Tom helped direct and lead the organization through a period of time when Trailblazer was needing fresh ideas and expertise, especially in the areas of fundraising, communications and budgeting. Tom provided a vital level of insight, experience and expertise to further grow and professionalize the organization. His notable suggestions regarding financial matters, programmatic growth, and various fundraising methods made for remarkable results and grew our budget nearly two-fold.
Founder and Executive Director
Tom’s strengths came through in his wonderful, people-centered leadership style, mentoring staff and teams in high level strategic design, decision-making, and problem solving. Tom’s extensive experience in strategic thinking and program management made him a quick study, and gave him terrific perspective, within the international development context. His leadership skills and instincts positioned him well to guide and support program staff with their programs, challenges, and success.
Former Dir. of Global Programs
PCI Media Impact
I found Tom to be especially adept at strategic thinking and managing disparate groups of people. His efforts led to a new Business Plan that remains the guiding document for the ongoing development and evolution of the organization. His leadership style is one that leads to a work environment where staff is confident of their ability to have impact and is empowered to execute to the best of their abilities.
Former Director of Operations
International League of Conservation Photographers
Tom is experienced in planning, and clearly understands key strategic planning concepts and the essentials of organizational functioning and effectiveness. Tom is a self starter, highly motivated, and holds himself to very high standards. At the same time, Tom relishes interactions with colleagues, partners and allies, and always seems to benefit from the energy and ideas that come out of collegial engagement with others. Tom has excellent skills and experience in communications. He writes clearly and convincingly.
Consultant and Board Member to
NGOs and Foundations
Tom is very quick to grasp complex concepts, has excellent insight into human behavior and the problems at hand, and he certainly recognizes the nuances of complicated relationships and situations. He is highly skilled at leading group discussions, has detailed analytical abilities and is capable of critical reasoning. Tom is a highly capable writer as evidenced by his high success rate over many years in gaining grant funds from charitable foundations.
Former Board Member and Chair
Predator Conservation Alliance
Tom is action-oriented, knowledgeable, insightful, savvy, and articulate. People are captivated by his honest, informative, enthusiastic and motivated manner; and moved to action by his supportive, engaging and direct leadership. I have been impressed with Tom’s ability to juggle a multi-faceted project, and do so as a collaborator, diplomat, problem solver, and relationship-builder.
American Renewable Energy Day
Tom has a keen sense of communicating through visual, audio and written language. He understands the power of video and still images when balanced with the right amount of words, and speaks clearly in both an impromptu interview format or for a pre-designed formal presentation.
(documentary films and nonprofit videos)
Tom is knowledgeable, strategic, very entrepreneurial and creative. He has gained a wealth of practical professional experience which allows him to be a mentor to his colleagues and the broader social change community.
Past advisor to US and international foundations and donor agencies
Tom Skeele is a serious professional, whom I have known for decades, and in whom I have high confidence. He is passionate but sophisticated. He is attuned and articulate. He knows the gears and belts. He is sharp. Hire him if you dare. I think you should dare.
Award Winning Science
and Natural History Writer