(New York, NY – January 25, 2018) The Trust for Public Land today announced that its National Board of Trustees has chosen Diane Regas to be the organization’s new President and CEO. Regas, currently Executive Director of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), will take up her new position March 12.
EDF President Fred Krupp hailed the choice.
“I’d like to share my deepest thanks to Diane for her eleven extraordinary years at EDF, and hearty congratulations to The Trust for Public Land for choosing such an exceptional leader,” said Krupp. “I have depended on Diane in ways large and small, and she has always delivered. She is a builder in the best sense, with a rare ability to bring together diverse groups and help them construct, from their own experiences, an ambitious vision for positive change. She has the skills to lead the development of a winning strategy, and the experience to ensure top-notch execution. I have no doubt that The Trust for Public Land will benefit from her enormous talents. I wish her the best of luck.”
“I am grateful to Fred and all of my EDF colleagues for their incredible work over the years and for their support today,” Regas said. “I am deeply inspired by the team and results at The Trust for Public Land. Millions of Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural space created and protected by the Trust, and I can’t wait to make that a reality for millions more.”
During Regas’s tenure at EDF, she led the organization’s Oceans program as it successfully worked to reverse commercial overfishing of such key U.S. species as Gulf Red Snapper. As executive director since 2015, she helped build EDF‘s international operations, promoted its growth in diversity and inclusion, and developed an ambitious new strategy to address global climate change. Previously, as a leader at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under both Democratic and Republican administrations, she served as the top civil servant protecting our nation’s water, rivers, lakes and bays.
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