Leslie Duncan joined Pew in August 2011 and is an officer with the Western Lands Initiative, which seeks to advance meaningful long-term protection of the nation’s most ecologically significant federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Duncan has more than 25 years of experience in natural resources policy, most recently on the staff of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. As a legislative staffer for the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands subcommittee, she was responsible for legislation and oversight of matters relating to the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service. Prior to her service on the Hill, Duncan spent over 20 years as a reporter covering public lands and parks, the appropriations process, endangered species and other wildlife issues, water rights and water development, and historic preservation for the Congressional Green Sheet and Congressional Quarterly. Her previous experience includes work in communications for the Alliance to Save Energy, and reporting on legislative and regulatory issues for McGraw-Hill.
Duncan holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.