Environmental Initiatives

Tom Wathen

Vice President, Environment, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Tom Wathen

Email: twathen@pewtrusts.org

Washington, D.C.

Tom Wathen joined Pew in June 2008 and manages programs in North American ocean conservation, wilderness protection and marine science.

Wathen has had a long career in public interest advocacy and consumer and environmental organizations, with extensive experience in programs and operations. Most recently, he served as the executive vice president and general counsel at the National Environmental Trust (NET), where he was chief operating officer.

Before NET, Wathen served as acting president of Oceana and was a program officer at Pew from 1992 to 1997, working on forest protection, marine conservation and trade policy. Previously, Wathen held positions with several nongovernmental organizations and was a consultant to the Rockefeller Family Fund and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. He was also executive director of three statewide public interest research groups in New York, Colorado and Indiana in the 1970s and 1980s.

Wathen is the author of books and articles on trade and the environment, auto safety, solid waste and small town democracy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and public affairs from Indiana University and a J.D. from Harvard University.

News Room

  • Pew Responds to Column in The West Australian

    • Apr. 5, 2012
    • Opinion

    Tom Wathen, deputy director at Pew Environment Group, responds to a column published in The West Australian on March 24, 2012 that was critical of Pew's marine conservation efforts in Australia.


  • A View From the Eagle's Eye

    • Dec. 2, 2011
    • Video

    Each year, millions of birds journey from Alaska and the Arctic into the Lower 48 states and back again. In the midst of these epic migrations, one bird soars above the rest: the golden eagle.


  • Save Wild Forests, Save Migratory Birds

    • Nov. 30, 2011
    • Opinion

    As the forests of the East changed this fall into their seasonal reds and oranges, a remarkable migration of birds headed south. About 30 million ducks, cranes and other species cross the U.S.-Canadian border each autumn day.


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