Simone N. McGurl

Chief of Staff

Simone N. McGurl joined The Trust for Public Land as Chief of Staff in September 2018. She comes to the organization with a deep commitment to equity and an expertise in organizational design and management strategies, with a focus on social enterprises working to improve quality-of-life outcomes for traditionally underserved communities.

Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, Simone was the Director of Board Relations at the Environmental Defense Fund where she led the development of their global governance framework and board operations infrastructure, enabling more effective governance and cross-organizational collaboration. She was also responsible for the revitalization of the Board of EDF Action.

Before the Environmental Defense Fund, Simone was a founding employee of Van Jones’ non-profit accelerator, Dream Corps where she was charged with operationalizing the vision. From establishing the resource development function to launching national communication partnerships, her work at Dream Corps was informed by ten years of experience in relationship management and fundraising. As a design-informed strategist, she thrives on partnering with innovative leaders dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable world.