John Gilroy

John Gilroy

  • Director
  • U.S. Public Lands Conservation,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • New York


John Gilroy directs Pew's U.S. public lands program, which aims to ensure an enduring legacy of natural areas for future generations by conserving ecologically important lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management through legislative, administrative, or executive action. The program also works to restore America’s parks by addressing deferred maintenance issues within the National Park System. Gilroy joined Pew in 2010 when the Campaign for America’s Wilderness became part of Pew.

Gilroy helped to develop and promote regional and national campaigns to protect old-growth forests, critical habitat, and roadless areas throughout America’s national forests in his work with the Campaign for America’s Wilderness and the Pew Wilderness Center. Previously, he spent a year with the Rockefeller Family Fund as a program associate, and he also worked at the Center for Study of Responsive Law, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and New York Public Interest Research Group. From 1988 to 1992, Gilroy served as the executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.   

Gilroy has a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from New York University. He serves on the boards of the Vermont Energy Investment Corp. and NEO Philanthropy. 

Recent Work

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  • National Monuments Protect America’s Heritage—and Economy

    In early June, as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was reviewing 27 national monuments for possible shrinkage or elimination, I had the chance to visit one of them—the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, which The Pew Charitable Trusts’ lands team had worked for many years to protect. Designated in 2013, this area in northern New Mexico is a remarkable place of volcanic cones,... Read More

  • America’s National Monuments

    On April 26, President Donald Trump directed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review national monuments designated since 1996 that span at least 100,000 acres for possible revision or elimination. Monument supporters submitted more than 2 million comments and turned out in person during Secretary Zinke’s tour of selected sites. Recommendations for all 27 monuments under review are due to... Read More

  • California Monuments Showcase Diversity of Natural Heritage

    California’s national monuments are a living museum that showcases the fascinating natural and human history of the region, and they serve as a vibrant laboratory for scientific and academic research. From the Native American rock art of the San Gabriel Mountains to the rare redband trout found in the streams of the Cascade-Siskiyou region, the state’s monuments have drawn scientists... Read More

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