Ernest Cook is the president of The Action Fund and a senior vice president of The Trust for Public Land. From his base in Boston, he oversees The Trust for Public Land’s national conservation programs. In his dual leadership roles for The Action Fund and The Trust for Public Land, Ernest supervises a network of government relations professionals and political consultants across the country. Over the past decade, he has provided strategic counsel to more than 200 campaigns, and helped to pass measures that will provide more than $20 billion in funding for parks and open space.
Will Abberger is vice president of The Action Fund and the director of The Trust for Public Land’s national Conservation Finance program. Based in Tallahassee, Florida, Will leads the work of The Action Fund and The Trust for Public Land in assisting state and local governments and citizen groups to gauge public support for open space and craft ballot measures that generate new sources of funding for land conservation. Will led The Trust for Public Land’s efforts to secure legislative approval in 1999 of the Florida Forever Act, the largest legislatively-enacted state conservation land acquisition program. In 2014, Will led a ballot measure campaign to amend the Florida Constitution to dedicate $20 billion in existing funds to land and water conservation and restoration, the largest ballot measure campaign in U.S. history. He has been directly involved in more than 80 local and state land conservation ballot measures and numerous legislative campaigns.
Cynthia Scherer is vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer of The Action Fund and the chief financial officer at The Trust for Public Land. She is based in San Francisco. Prior to entering the not-for-profit sector, Cindy worked in corporate finance for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company in its Washington, D.C., headquarters. She also has a background in accounting in the broadcast industry.
Linda Orel is executive director of The Trust for Public Land Action Fund and New England Director of Conservation Finance for The Trust for Public Land. Based in Boston, she manages fundraising efforts on behalf of The Trust for Public Land Action Fund and helps citizen groups and state and local governments generate public support for new sources of funding for land protection. Prior to her work for The Action Fund and The Trust for Public Land, Linda was an environmental advocate and lawyer and a foundation officer.
Peggy Chiu is counsel to The Action Fund and The Trust for Public Land Conservation Finance program. She oversees compliance with the lobbying, campaign finance, and election laws in the many states and municipalities where The Action Fund and The Trust for Public Land support ballot measures and legislative campaigns to generate funds for open space and parks. Peggy is based in Denver, Colorado.