John Gilroy

John Gilroy
U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation
The Pew Charitable Trusts


John Gilroy directs Pew’s U.S. public lands and rivers conservation program, which aims to ensure an enduring legacy of protected natural areas for future generations by conserving public lands and rivers that are ecologically important as habitat for animals and fish. Gilroy also oversees Pew’s work to restore America’s parks by addressing deferred maintenance issues within the National Park System. 

Before coming to Pew, Gilroy helped to develop and promote regional and national campaigns to protect old-growth forests, critical habitat, and roadless areas throughout America’s national forests at the Campaign for America’s Wilderness and the Pew Wilderness Center. He also spent a year with the Rockefeller Family Fund as a program associate; served as executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group; and worked at the Center for Study of Responsive Law, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and New York Public Interest Research Group.

Gilroy holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from New York University and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

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