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Theresa Pierno


Theresa Pierno is president and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association. She joined NPCA in 2004 after a distinguished career in public service and natural resource protection, and has helped to solidify the organization’s role as the voice of America’s national parks. As CEO, Pierno has prioritized NPCA’s work that makes national parks more resilient in the face of climate change, and ensures that our parks tell the stories of all Americans through the creation of new park units. Pierno has also championed an award-winning culture at the organization, with leadership valuing staff and all they bring to their jobs every day.

Prior to her current role, Pierno served as NPCA’s chief operating officer and played a critical role in the recruitment of talented, diverse and experienced staff; led the development of strategic priorities with a focus on water and land-use policy; and helped to ensure the financial health of NPCA through revised management practices and successful fundraising efforts. In an effort to engage and inspire new park stewards and advocates, she formed NPCA’s Next Generation Advisory Council — a group of young rangers, civil servants, public land advocates, educators, students and activists.

Prior to joining NPCA, she served as a vice president for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Maryland executive director.