Margie Kim Bermeo
With 27 years of experience in the nonprofit arena, Margie joined The Trust for Public Land as the Chief Philanthropy Officer in 2010. She is responsible for planning and managing the organization's first national campaign, The Power of Place, with a goal of raising $400 million by 2017.
Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, Margie was the Director of Philanthropy for the Asia-Pacific Region of The Nature Conservancy. Based in Hong Kong, she worked with TNC programs in China, Mongolia, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. Margie was involved in the planning the Conservancy's successful $1 billion Campaign for a Sustainable Planet and raised private funds to support conservation work in the Asia-Pacific region. During her six years at The Nature Conservancy, she also served as the Deputy Director of Development for TNC California.
Previously, Margie served as Vice President for the Western Region of the National Audubon Society and Director of Development for Audubon California for four years. While at Audubon, she did volunteer work with the Alaska Department Fish & Game's population monitoring study of marbled murrelets in the Tongass National Forest.
Before entering the field of conservation, Margie was at UCLA for ten years, serving as the Director of Development for the Humanities, raising private funds for endowed chairs, graduate fellowships, and faculty research projects. During this time, she was also the Director of the Letters & Science Fund, which included responsibility for the annual College of Letters and Science Awards Gala.
Before entering the field of fundraising, she was a planner at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles where she worked with youth and family agencies in East Los Angeles and Watts/Willowbrook. She also conducted an Asian/Pacific Islander health and human service needs assessment on ten different ethnic communities (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cambodian, Laos, Vietnamese, Thai, Pilipino, Samoan, Tongan).
Margie received both her BA in Linguistics/Psychology and MSW in community planning from UCLA. A native Californian, she enjoys traveling, diving, reading, birding, and good wine. Her lovely daughter is pursuing her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at NYU.