Tom Gilbert


Southeast Region


Tom was selected to serve as President upon the retirement of Davitt Woodwell in January of 2024. For over three decades Tom has led non-profit campaigns, coalitions, and organizations working to protect land, water, and air resources throughout the eastern U.S., including Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining PEC, Tom served as Co-Executive Director of NJ Conservation Foundation. In that role he co-led all aspects of the organization, reporting to the board of trustees, with primary oversight over the policy, communications, and finance teams. He previously served as NJ Conservation’s Campaign Director for Energy Climate and Natural Resources, leading a team that helped enact the landmark Clean Energy Law, developed a new state Energy Master Plan to achieve 100% clean energy, and improved state solar incentives and siting policies.

Before joining New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s staff in June of 2015, Tom served as Senior Conservation Finance Director with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), where he helped to design and pass eighteen successful county and local ballot measures in seven states, generating over $270 million to finance parks and land conservation. He also served as Chairman of the NJ Keep It Green Coalition and led successful campaigns to pass a constitutional amendment and other measures generating more than $2 billion in funding for New Jersey’s land, water, and historic preservation programs.

Prior to joining TPL, Tom served as Director of Eastern Forest Conservation for the Wilderness Society, where he directed region-wide efforts to increase federal funding for land conservation, and as Executive Director of the NY/NJ/PA/CT Highlands Coalition, where he led successful campaigns to protect critical lands and waters in the Highlands region through federal and state legislation. Early in his career he held positions with the Vermont Natural Resources Council and Appalachian Mountain Club. Tom earned his M.S. in Natural Resources Planning from the University of Vermont.

Tom is a native of Pennsylvania and resides in Bucks County with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar and is an avid hiker, paddler, and angler.