David Poor

David Poor’s love for Nantucket started at an early age. Since the early 1950’s, David’s family would travel north from New York to spend summers on the island. With easy access to the Middle Moors for biking, Coatue for picnics and Polpis Harbor for boating, David realized as a youngster what a special place Nantucket was. “We didn’t realize that all of these wonderful places were conservation lands. As kids, we just thought of them all as our extended backyard and thoroughly enjoyed our time spent in these beautiful places.”

After receiving a BA from Harvard College, an MPA from George Washington University and an MBA from Stanford University, David entered the business world as an investment banker but continued to spend summers on the island. While taking a brief sabbatical from investment banking, David became involved with the Foundation governance first serving as Vice President and then assuming his role as President in 2009.

“One of my fondest memories as a child was going to Coatue as a ten year-old and being able to float idly and admire the beauty of the area. The Foundation’s work is important to me for many reasons but one of the most important is that I am able to take my children to Coatue and float in the same waters and admire the same scenery now as I did back then. It’s important for us to be able to pass those types of experiences down to future generations so that the Nantucket we grew up loving will not be different from the Nantucket that they will grow up loving.”

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