Tom Dillon is a vice president overseeing The Pew Charitable Trusts’ international environment portfolio, which includes advancing conservation and ocean governance in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, and island nations, mostly in the Pacific. Dillon’s ocean work at Pew includes efforts to establish marine reserves, end illegal fishing and ensure sustainable fisheries, protect key species such as penguins and sharks, and encourage governments to put policies in place that protect, maintain, and restore the health of marine ecosystems. He also works to conserve large landscapes such as the Australian Outback and Chilean Patagonia.
Before joining Pew, Dillon served as senior vice president at World Wildlife Fund for 10 years. At WWF, he directed land and marine programs in the United States and overseas for seven years, and oversaw the forests and freshwater portfolios for three. During that time, he led the organization’s largest-ever initiative that established and funded into perpetuity a 150 million acre system of protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon. While living in Asia, he was a leader in creating WWF’s Mekong program, which is focused on conservation efforts in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Dillon has also worked at the National Parks Conservation Association, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, The Wilderness Society, and as a ranger in the Mount Hood National Forest.
Dillon holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in environment studies from Yale University.