Thomas Schumann serves private & public water equities as well as philanthropy to advance a water-secure world.
Schumann’s interest in water started in 2011 while pursuing the relaunch of Trinity Water, a distressed, premium bottled water asset in the Trinity Mountains, Idaho. Inspired by the severe 2015 California drought he launched a virtual water cluster, to further the connection, collaboration and communication of water technology companies, investors, corporates, academia, utilities and NGOs. watercluster.com served as a platform to advance water security in California and the U.S.
Deeply immersed in the domestic and international water space he then helped water technology companies and desalination projects in Monterey, California with their financing activities to bring needed new water supply, filtration and desalination technologies to market.
Schumann has also served as Vice President for First Federal Bank of California. He also co-founded German Tobacco Group AG, which launched an international value cigarette brand while successfully overcoming the barriers of entry into the monopolized global tobacco industry. This misguided venture led him to discover his true passion for water security, social and environmental impact and financial out-performance.
Born in 1964 in Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt am Main to a Sudanese father and a German mother, Schumann completed his German Abitur, then served as a Private First Class in the German Air Force, before traveling the globe as an international flight attendant with Lufthansa German Airlines.
His air travel brought him to Santa Monica where was inspired to start his first business: Pioneering a market in Germany for recycled Levi’s 501 jeans from California. Monthly commutes between Frankfurt and Los Angeles led to his 1996 U.S. immigration; he currently lives and works in Santa Monica, one of America’s most environmentally responsible, sustainable, water conscious cities.
Schumann loves trail running in the Santa Monica Mountains, travel, making meaningful connections with people, and acting as an agent of positive, global change. He is an accomplished endurance athlete and nationally ranked masters long-distance runner. Schumann's business and investment philosophy values "People, Planet and Profit", in exactly that order.
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