Tom Dillon oversees Pew’s environment portfolio and also works across Pew’s program areas to advance shared priorities and new initiatives. The environment portfolio focuses on conserving ecosystems in the United States and around the world, and on addressing critical threats to people and nature such as climate change, plastic pollution, and illegal and overfishing. These efforts include Blue Nature Alliance, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy, and Enduring Earth partnerships that are aimed at achieving the global goal of protecting 30% of lands, inland water, and coastal marine areas globally by 2030. They also comprise deep engagement and partnership with local and Indigenous communities, scientists, and policymakers.
Before joining Pew, Dillon was senior vice president at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where he directed land, freshwater, and marine programs in the U.S. and abroad. He led WWF’s initiative to establish, fund, and protect in perpetuity 150 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon. While living in Asia, he was a leader in creating WWF’s Mekong program, which is focused on conservation in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Dillon holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from Lehigh University and a master’s in environment studies from Yale University.