Tom St. Hilaire joined Pew in August 2009 and is the director of field operations. He works to expand the organization’s collaboration with key constituencies, including conservation, scientific, elected-leader, business, hunter-angler and outdoor recreation groups, concentrating on public education and advocacy strategies. Previously, as part of the U.S. public lands team, he was
is responsible for securing strong protections for roadless areas in national forests and reforming the outdated law that governs the nation’s hardrock mining industry.
Previously, St. Hilaire was vice president of campaign management for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, where he worked to focus the hunting and angling community on effective preservation initiatives. As executive director of Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation, he created a unique coalition of 5,000 organizations, government agencies, advocacy groups and businesses to secure landmark federal, state and local funding for parks, recreation, clean water, public health and natural resources protection.
His work for the National Parks Conservation Association included directing public education campaigns to protect important U.S. natural and cultural landscapes. He also worked on local and regional legislative and grassroots campaigns in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, specifically on safe, affordable, clean water and fish and wildlife protection.
St. Hilaire holds a bachelor’s degree in geography, environmental analysis and land-use planning from Central Michigan University.