Tom Dillon oversees Pew’s 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 includes efforts to establish marine reserves, end illegal fishing, ensure sustainable fisheries, and protect key species such as penguins and sharks. He also encourages governments to put policies in place that protect, maintain, and restore the health of marine ecosystems, and works to conserve large landscapes such as the Outback of Australia.
Before joining Pew, Dillon was senior vice president at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for 10 years, where he directed land and marine programs in the United States and abroad, and later oversaw the forests and freshwater portfolios. He led WWF’s initiative to establish and fund into perpetuity a 150 million-acre system of protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon. While 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 holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from Lehigh University and a master’s in environment studies from Yale University.