Marcia Argust directs federal conservation policy, resilience planning, and nature-based mitigation work for Pew’s U.S. conservation project. Prior to her current position, Argust led the organization’s U.S. public lands and rivers conservation project, which helped secure new safeguards for more than 2.5 million acres of public lands; facilitated the protection or reconnection of nearly 5,000 miles of freshwater corridors; and assisted in the adoption of 35 new state and federal policies to protect terrestrial connectivity. Before that role, Argust led Pew’s efforts to restore America’s parks, which resulted in the largest congressional investment to fix our aging national park assets in more than half a century. She was also formerly a project director with Pew’s U.S. public lands program and senior legislative representative for the campaign for America’s wilderness, guiding policy on Pew’s land protection efforts, for which she collaborated with diverse stakeholders to secure more than 3.25 million acres of existing public lands and bolster local economies.
Before joining Pew, Argust held government affairs positions with the American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Parks Conservation Association and worked on Capitol Hill.
Argust holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Binghamton University and a master’s in environmental science from Johns Hopkins University.