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.
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.
Conor Hall is Vice President of The Trust for Public Land Action Fund and as the Director of Conservation Strategies, Policy and Advocacy in the Intermountain West for the Trust for Public Land working to create billions of dollars in public funding for conservation. Prior to TPL, Conor worked in the administration of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, leaving as the Director of External Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Governor.
Pegeen Hanrahan is Vice President of The Trust for Public Land Action Fund and Southeast Conservation Finance Director for the Trust for Public Land. Her responsibilities span Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina. She was recently named the Nationwide Parks Initiative Lead for TPL’s Strategic Plan Implementation Process. A native and lifelong resident, she served Gainesville, Florida as its Mayor from 2004-2010, and as a City Commissioner from 1996-2002, leaving office both times as a result of term limits. Pegeen has nearly 30 years of experience in environmental remediation, public participation, grant writing, private sector engineering and business consulting, land conservation and local government finance.
Bill Lee is president of The Trust for Public Land Action Fund, and Senior Vice President of Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations for The Trust for Public Land. Bill leads The Trust for Public Land’s strategic direction and implementation for public policy, government relations, and advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels. From 2001-2008, Bill served as Legal Counsel for the Conservation Finance team at The Trust for Public Land and, since then, he’s led policy and government relations teams at American Rivers and, most recently, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.
David Weinstein is vice president of The Action Fund and Western Conservation Finance Director for The Trust for Public land. He advises local and state governments throughout the Western United States on how to design, pass, and implement legislative initiatives and ballot measures that create funding for land and water conservation and climate-smart solutions. A Wyss Foundation Fellow and Colorado native, David has been involved in conservation politics for more than a decade, most recently as Outdoor Industry Association’s State and Local Policy Director, and formerly with U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s Office and Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s first gubernatorial campaign. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Montana Conservation Corps and Alaska Wilderness League Action. David lives in Bozeman, MT and is an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker, boater, hunter, angler, runner, backpacker, birder, and packrafter.