Tom Wathen is a vice president, directing Pew’s environmental work in ocean conservation, land protection, and clean energy, with a focus on projects that span the distance from the Arctic Ocean to the tip of South America.
Wathen has had a long career in public interest advocacy and consumer and environmental organizations, with extensive experience in programs and operations. Most recently, he served as the executive vice president and general counsel at the National Environmental Trust (NET), where he was chief operating officer. He also served as acting president of Oceana for a year during his time at NET.
Before NET, Wathen was a program officer at Pew from 1992 to 1997, working on forest protection, marine conservation, and trade policy. Previously, he held positions with several nongovernmental organizations and was a consultant to the Rockefeller Family Fund and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. He was also executive director of three statewide public interest research groups in New York, Colorado, and Indiana in the 1970s and 1980s.
Wathen is the author of books and articles on trade and the environment, auto safety, solid waste, and small town democracy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University, along with a certificate in environmental policy, and a law degree from Harvard University.