Tom was with STAP from 2010 to 2017, and among his endeavors as Secretary, he guided the expansion of the Panel and the Secretariat and ensured the inclusion of Climate Adaptation among STAP's responsibilities. In early 2017, he took a leave of absence from STAP to join the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on a staff loan as Program Manager in the Land and Water Division. Tom worked closely with the GEF Unit of FAO in this role, and was soon leading the mobilization of FAO's engagement in the GEF-7 Impact Programs. In particular, he directed FAO's engagement in the SFM Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Program as well as coordinated FAO's key contribution to the Food Systems, Land Use, and Restoration Impact Program. In addition, he provided expert technical support to FAO's newly created Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Environment. Tom has worked with four GEF Agencies (UNEP, FAO, IUCN, and WWF), has lived in 7 countries on 3 continents, and has been devoted to advancing the goals of environmentally sustainable development throughout his career.