Margie Kim Bermeo Will Head TPL Development

The Trust for Public Land announced today that Margie Kim Bermeo will join the national land conservation organization as the Chief Development Officer, beginning January 25.

“Margie Kim Bermeo has a long and very distinguished record as a development professional and we are looking forward to having her lead our fund-raising team at TPL,” said TPL President Will Rogers. “This is the perfect time for Margie to come on board. There are enormous and numerous opportunities to conserve land and also create parks in cities across America, and it is gratifying that private supporters of our mission are stepping up to help.”

Most recently, Ms. Kim-Bermeo served as Associate Director for Development at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she worked for two other conservation organizations, The Nature Conservancy and the National Audubon Society, and she is very much looking forward to returning to the conservation field.

“I was drawn to TPL by the opportunity to be part of a national organization which works across the country to protect the landscape and create parks, from Montana to Miami,” she said. “TPL’s role in the national conservation landscape is unique – it is alone among national organizations in working from the inner city to the wilderness.”

“Public funding, particularly at the state and local levels, is a real challenge in this economy, as we’re all seeing, but the American people care deeply and passionately about protecting land and I look forward to working with the TPL to reach out to those people,” Ms. Kim-Bermeo said.

Before Cedars-Sinai, Ms. Kim-Bermeo was based in Hong Kong as The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Philanthropy for its Asia Pacific Region. She also worked as TNC’s Deputy Director of Philanthropy for California. In addition, she formerly served as Vice President for the National Audubon Society as well as Director of Development for Audubon California. Prior to conservation, she was Director of Development at UCLA for 10 years.

She is a native of California, and received her graduate and undergraduate degrees from UCLA.

TPL is a national non-profit organization which conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and natural areas, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since its founding in 1972, TPL has helped protect more than 2.8 million acres across the nation. TPL depends on the support of individuals, foundations, and corporation to achieve its land for people mission.