Leadership Team
Diane Regas
President and Chief Executive Officer

An internationally recognized conservation leader, Diane Regas joined The Trust for Public Land in the spring of 2018 as president and CEO. Prior to The Trust for Public Land, Diane worked for more than a decade at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), most recently as executive director, where she helped EDF advance solutions that promote prosperity for all people and for the planet. She guided work to improve ocean health, stabilize the climate, reduce toxins in everyday products, and promote collaboration and partnerships. Prior to EDF, Diane served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working under both Democratic and Republican administrations as the top civil servant protecting our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays.

Diane earned her A.B., M.S. in energy and resources, and J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, and resides in Berkeley, CA. An avid outdoor explorer, Diane enjoys hiking, cycling, diving, camping, and spending time in nature with her husband, children, and granddaughter.

"National change starts in our communities,” said Lisa Jackson, administrator of the EPA under President Obama. “Diane’s proven track record and inclusive vision will help communities...

An internationally recognized conservation leader, Diane Regas joined The Trust for Public Land in the spring of 2018 as president and CEO. Prior to The Trust for Public Land, Diane worked for more than a decade at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), most recently as executive director, where she helped EDF advance solutions that promote prosperity for all people and for the planet. She guided work to improve ocean health, stabilize the climate, reduce toxins in everyday products, and promote collaboration and partnerships. Prior to EDF, Diane served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working under both Democratic and Republican administrations as the top civil servant protecting our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays.

Diane earned her A.B., M.S. in energy and resources, and J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, and resides in Berkeley, CA. An avid outdoor explorer, Diane enjoys hiking, cycling, diving, camping, and spending time in nature with her husband, children, and granddaughter.

"National change starts in our communities,” said Lisa Jackson, administrator of the EPA under President Obama. “Diane’s proven track record and inclusive vision will help communities create vibrant outdoor experiences for millions of people."

Adrian Benepe
Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development

A senior vice president and director of city park development for The Trust for Public Land, Adrian Benepe is one of the nation's experts on the nexus of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in public-space development and management. Born and raised in New York, Adrian served as New York City Parks commissioner for 11 years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg prior to joining The Trust for Public Land. During that time he oversaw a major expansion of the city's park system, including restoring historic parks such as Central Park and Battery Park, adding 730 acres of new parkland including Hudson River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the High Line, and laying the groundwork for an additional 2,000 acres of parkland within the city.

In his career, Benepe has worked in leadership roles on park and public space conservation, design, construction, and operation, and in the areas of city planning, arts and culture, historic preservation, and landscape and urban design. He also helped to create or empower several New York business-related organizations, from business improvement districts to park...

A senior vice president and director of city park development for The Trust for Public Land, Adrian Benepe is one of the nation's experts on the nexus of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in public-space development and management. Born and raised in New York, Adrian served as New York City Parks commissioner for 11 years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg prior to joining The Trust for Public Land. During that time he oversaw a major expansion of the city's park system, including restoring historic parks such as Central Park and Battery Park, adding 730 acres of new parkland including Hudson River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the High Line, and laying the groundwork for an additional 2,000 acres of parkland within the city.

In his career, Benepe has worked in leadership roles on park and public space conservation, design, construction, and operation, and in the areas of city planning, arts and culture, historic preservation, and landscape and urban design. He also helped to create or empower several New York business-related organizations, from business improvement districts to park conservancies, including the Madison Square Conservancy, Jamaica Bay Conservancy, Historic House Trust of NYC, and Fort Tryon Park Trust.

Previously, Benepe also held the positions of New York City director of art and antiquities, director of natural resources and horticulture, operations coordinator, and director of public information. Benepe is also the former vice president for issues and public affairs at the Municipal Art Society and the director of the annual fund and major gifts for the New York Botanical Garden.

In addition to a bachelor's degree in English literature from Middlebury College, Benepe holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, where he was awarded a Pulitzer Fellowship. In 1987, he participated in the mayor's Top 40 program, and in 1992, he was selected to participate in Leadership New York, a program of the Coro Foundation.

D. Malcolm Carson
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Malcolm Carson started as senior vice president and general counsel designate in November 2015. Formerly, Malcolm served as general counsel and policy director for environmental health at Community Health Councils, a health policy-focused nonprofit based in Los Angeles. In addition to the general counsel role, Malcolm led a program centered around environmental and land-use planning with a key focus on the link between access to parks and open space and health.

Prior to this he was managing attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, supervising the legal teams for employment and community economic development. In this role he developed expertise in lobbying, employment law, environmental review, land use, real estate, federal tax exemption, and corporate governance, among others, and led initiatives to leverage land use, transportation, and environmental planning processes for the benefit of low-income communities and to improve client services by better integrating digital communication technology into their collaborative working processes. Additionally, Malcolm taught law and public policy at the University of Southern California, served on the California State Building Standards Commission, and was...

Malcolm Carson started as senior vice president and general counsel designate in November 2015. Formerly, Malcolm served as general counsel and policy director for environmental health at Community Health Councils, a health policy-focused nonprofit based in Los Angeles. In addition to the general counsel role, Malcolm led a program centered around environmental and land-use planning with a key focus on the link between access to parks and open space and health.

Prior to this he was managing attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, supervising the legal teams for employment and community economic development. In this role he developed expertise in lobbying, employment law, environmental review, land use, real estate, federal tax exemption, and corporate governance, among others, and led initiatives to leverage land use, transportation, and environmental planning processes for the benefit of low-income communities and to improve client services by better integrating digital communication technology into their collaborative working processes. Additionally, Malcolm taught law and public policy at the University of Southern California, served on the California State Building Standards Commission, and was previously a deputy city attorney for the City and County of San Francisco and an associate at Orrick.

While Malcolm's work over the last twenty years has focused on improving the quality of life in underserved communities, he is passionate about the full range of our work and is an avid surfer, hiker, and bicyclist.

Jeff Danter
Senior Vice President and East Division Director

As a senior vice president and, East Division director, Jeff is responsible for overseeing 14 state and area programs including land protection, urban parks development, and community-based conservation. Jeff joined The Trust for Public Land in 2011 and has worked in conservation since 1994. Prior to that he worked for an international electrical engineering company. Jeff received his BS in chemical engineering, MBA, and PhD in ecological management communications from The Ohio State University.

As a senior vice president and, East Division director, Jeff is responsible for overseeing 14 state and area programs including land protection, urban parks development, and community-based conservation. Jeff joined The Trust for Public Land in 2011 and has worked in conservation since 1994. Prior to that he worked for an international electrical engineering company. Jeff received his BS in chemical engineering, MBA, and PhD in ecological management communications from The Ohio State University.

Margie Kim
Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer

Margie Kim joined The Trust for Public Land in 2010 as its chief philanthropy officer, building upon a 28-year, successful record in human services, higher education, and conservation. She is responsible for planning and leading the organization's first national campaign, The Power of Place, a $450+ million effort that completed in 2016.

Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, Margie was the director of philanthropy for the Asia-Pacific Region of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). 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 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 West Region of the National Audubon Society and director of development for Audubon California for four years. While at Audubon, she did volunteer...

Margie Kim joined The Trust for Public Land in 2010 as its chief philanthropy officer, building upon a 28-year, successful record in human services, higher education, and conservation. She is responsible for planning and leading the organization's first national campaign, The Power of Place, a $450+ million effort that completed in 2016.

Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, Margie was the director of philanthropy for the Asia-Pacific Region of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). 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 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 West 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 of Fish and Game's population monitoring study of marbled murrelets in the Tongass National Forest.

Before entering the field of conservation, Margie was at the University of California, Los Angeles, 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 and Science Fund, which included responsibility for the annual College of Letters and Science Awards Gala.

Prior to her fundraising career, she was a planner at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles where she worked with youth and family agencies in East Los Angeles, Watts and Compton. 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).

A native Californian, Margie received both her BA in linguistics/psychology and MSW with a concentration in community planning from UCLA.

Shannon Morgan Stearns
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Shannon Morgan Stearns joined The Trust for Public Land as senior vice president and chief marketing officer in January 2017.

Prior to that she was vice president of marketing at CamelBak, creating unique “Got Your Bak” consumer experiences that demonstrated the brand's hydration expertise. In addition to brand marketing, Shannon led the company's efforts in cause marketing and nonprofit collaboration.

Before CamelBak, Shannon led the marketing department for specialty retailer Illuminations, purveyor of high-end candles and home décor accessories. She created in-store, catalog, and online marketing campaigns including a highly successful customer loyalty program. Prior to Illuminations, Shannon was director of marketing at Smith & Hawken, a premium garden and home décor retailer. There, she developed omnichannel brand and marketing campaigns, including the launch of email marketing, promotional programs, and customer loyalty rewards.

Shannon has worked with a myriad of global brands, steering advertising campaigns for various Clorox brands such as Formula 409, Tilex, Soft Scrub, and Armor All, as well as national consumer research for Disney, Levi's, and Amazon.

Shannon Morgan Stearns joined The Trust for Public Land as senior vice president and chief marketing officer in January 2017.

Prior to that she was vice president of marketing at CamelBak, creating unique “Got Your Bak” consumer experiences that demonstrated the brand's hydration expertise. In addition to brand marketing, Shannon led the company's efforts in cause marketing and nonprofit collaboration.

Before CamelBak, Shannon led the marketing department for specialty retailer Illuminations, purveyor of high-end candles and home décor accessories. She created in-store, catalog, and online marketing campaigns including a highly successful customer loyalty program. Prior to Illuminations, Shannon was director of marketing at Smith & Hawken, a premium garden and home décor retailer. There, she developed omnichannel brand and marketing campaigns, including the launch of email marketing, promotional programs, and customer loyalty rewards.

Shannon has worked with a myriad of global brands, steering advertising campaigns for various Clorox brands such as Formula 409, Tilex, Soft Scrub, and Armor All, as well as national consumer research for Disney, Levi's, and Amazon.