Tom Wathen is a vice president, leading ocean and land conservation projects at Pew that range 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 has had a long career in public interest advocacy with consumer protection and environmental organizations. Before joining Pew, he was the executive vice president of the National Environmental Trust (NET). For a year, he also served as acting president of Oceana during his time at NET.
Previously, Wathen was a program officer at Pew from 1992 to 1997, working on forest protection, marine conservation, and trade policy. He has held positions with several nongovernmental organizations and was a consultant to the Rockefeller Family Fund and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. In the 1970s and 1980s, Wathen served as executive director of three statewide public interest research groups in New York, Colorado, and Indiana.
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.