Marcia Argust directs Pew’s U.S. public lands and rivers conservation program, which aims to protect natural areas for future generations by conserving public lands and rivers that are ecologically important as habitat for animals and fish. Argust was previously project director with Pew’s efforts to restore America’s parks, working with a team of data and policy experts to address the deferred maintenance backlog plaguing the National Park Service. 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, coordinating diverse stakeholders in several states, and helping to enact several major public lands and recreation bills.
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.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Binghamton University and a master’s in environmental science from Johns Hopkins University.