Tom Wathen

Tom Wathen

  • Vice President
  • Environment,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Tom Wathen is a vice president of global strategy and operations at Pew, where he helps to oversee all of the organization’s environment work in ocean conservation, wilderness protection, and clean energy.

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.

Before NET, Wathen served as acting president of Oceana and 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 environmental science and public affairs from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard University.

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