Tom Wathen leads Pew’s ocean and land conservation projects that span the Americas from the Arctic Ocean to the tip of South America. He also directs efforts to reform flood disaster policy and restore America’s national parks. Wathen joined Pew in 1992 as a program officer working on forest protection, marine conservation, and trade policy.
Before joining Pew, he was the executive vice president of the National Environmental Trust (NET), and served as acting president of Oceana. He has held positions with nongovernmental organizations and was a consultant to the Rockefeller Family Fund and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. Wathen was also the executive director of public interest research groups in New York, Colorado, and Indiana.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University, along with a certificate in environmental policy and a Juris Doctor from Harvard University.