Expert Profile

Tom Wathen

Vice President, Environment
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Tom Wathen joined Pew in June 2008 as a deputy director for environmental policy, managing programs in North American ocean conservation, wilderness protection and marine science.

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, Wathen 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 J.D. from Harvard University.

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August 20, 2007

Pew's Environment Program and the National Environmental Trust to Merge (Summer 2007 Trust Magazine briefing)

Pew’s Environment Program and the National Environmental Trust (NET) are scheduled to merge staff and operations in January 2008.

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July 26, 2011

Pew Opposes House Bill to Open Wyoming-Size Landscape to Development

Tom Wathen, deputy director of the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to today’s House Natural Resource Committee hearing on H.R.1581, the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act, which would remove current protections on more than 60 million acres of public lands.

May 15, 2007

National Environmental Trust to Join The Pew Charitable Trusts Environment Group

The consolidated team, to be called the Pew Environment Group, will have a domestic and international staff of more than 80 and estimated annual operating revenue of approximately $70 million, making it one of the nation’s largest environmental scientific and advocacy organizations.

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