Jim Petterson

Colorado and Southwest region director

Jim is the Colorado and Southwest region director for The Trust for Public Land, where he works to create parks and protect land for people across Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. He joined the organization in 2015. 

Prior to The Trust for Public Land, Jim spent 17 years at The Nature Conservancy, including 12 years in a variety of senior marketing leadership roles, such as chief communications officer and communications director; and five years as senior advisor to the CEO. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Jim spent 10 years working in Washington, DC, as a communications director and legislative assistant for a senior member of Congress and as a press secretary for the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. 

Jim lives in Denver, Colorado, and is an avid trail runner, peak bagger, and unabashed high-country bushwhacker.