Marcia Argust directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ campaign to restore America’s parks, working with a team of land management and legislative experts to address deferred maintenance issues within the National Park System.
Argust held two previous positions at Pew, having served as project director of the U.S. public lands program and worked with the campaign for America’s wilderness. In these roles, she guided policy on Pew’s land protection efforts, including managing the Boulder-White Clouds campaign that resulted in the designation of over 275,000 acres of wilderness in Idaho, and worked to win passage of 2009 federal legislation that led to the designation of 2 million acres of wilderness. Before joining Pew, Argust held positions in government affairs with the American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Parks Conservation Association. She also spent five years working for former Representative Sherwood Boehlert of New York.
Argust holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in environmental science from Johns Hopkins University.
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