Meet Peter Molnar—Board Chair, Skipper, Parade Founder & more
"I've always loved San Francisco Bay, but loving the Bay is not enough. All of us who love and use the Bay are also the best stewards of the Bay," says Peter Molnar, who was recently elected to chair Baykeeper's Board of Directors.
A Bay Area native, Peter first joined the Baykeeper team as volunteer skipper and intern twenty-one years ago, and he has been a dedicated volunteer and supporter ever since.
"I was drawn to Baykeeper because they're a small yet focused and impactful group that really moved the dial of improving the Bay's health," said Peter in a recent interview.
In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Directors since 2011, he is also a volunteer skipper on the Baykeeper boat, patrolling the Bay for pollution. On the anniversary of Baykeeper's 25th year of Bay protection, Peter was inspired to help create the annual Bay Parade, an aqueous celebration of a vibrant, thriving Bay. And as a vintner by trade, he and his partners created the Baykeeper Rosé for the Bay to benefit Baykeeper's mission.
Peter is an avid Bay sailor and frequent Bay swimmer, and a long-time member of the historic San Francisco Dolphin Club. He once piloted and swam in a 100-mile, 43-hour relay swim from Sacramento to San Francisco Bay to raise awareness of pollution impacts for open-water swimmers.
"I envision San Francisco Bay as the most vibrant, healthiest estuary in North America," says Peter. And as Baykeeper Board Chair, his leadership helps turn this vision into a reality. "Baykeeper achieves major wins for the Bay because we have a blueprint for how to get the job done. Our scientists investigate the threats to the Bay's health. And our advocates focus on real solutions to deal with those threats."
Peter likes to point out that it takes 1.5 million red rivets to hold up the Golden Gate Bridge. Each rivet is small, but together, they're what keeps the bridge standing strong. "Each one of us can be like a blue rivet—and do what needs to be done to ensure that San Francisco Bay stays strong and thrives," says Peter.