Vice President and Director of Program Development
Trust for Public Land

Jad Daley is Vice President and Director of Program Development at The Trust for Public Land. Daley also holds the endowed position of Martha Wyckoff Fellow. Daley’s past work at The Trust for Public Land has included development of the Climate Conservation Program. Daley now leads similar national program development for The Trust for Public Land’s new public health program for cities and national strategies for Community Conservation and Heritage Lands protection.

The Climate-Smart Cities program exemplifies The Trust for Public Land’s national approach to data-driven and community-led conservation. Through this and other national programs, Daley is helping the organization to develop deep partnerships with local governments and other community leaders by integrating applied science partnerships, GIS decision support, conservation finance, state and federal policy, and on-the-ground park development and land conservation.

Daley is a nationally recognized expert in coalition development, strategic conservation, and climate change. Daley has served on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Design Advisory Group for the HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition, the federal Landscape Conservation Cooperative National Council, and co-chairs the Forest-Climate Working Group, which he co-founded. He has helped to author multiple pieces of federal legislation, including the Community Forest and Open Space Program enacted as part of the 2008 Farm Bill. His writing has been featured in media outlets ranging from the Washington Post and Huffington Post to and the American Planning Association’s Recovery News blog.

Daley is a graduate of Peddie School, Brown University, and Vermont Law School where he earned an M.S.E.L. degree summa cum laude. He also has a long history as a competitive athlete, having represented the United States on four occasions in international duathlon competitions and twice earning top-150 finishes in the New York City Marathon.

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