Trust for Public Land Announces Yvonne Wolf as Chief People and Culture Officer
Wolf Brings Deep Expertise to TPL With Over Two Decades Leading HR, DEI, And Culture Functions for Global and National Organizations
SAN FRANCISCO – Trust for Public Land (TPL) announced today that Yvonne Wolf is joining TPL in the role of Chief People and Culture Officer (CPCO). As TPL’s first CPCO, Wolf will bring high-level strategic expertise to create and lead a people and culture strategy, to support organizational growth and invest in TPL’s culture and capabilities to connect everyone with the outdoors.
“We know that TPL’s story is so much more than acres protected and dollars raised. It’s about people and community, especially our own amazing staff who connect with communities and bring our mission to life on the ground every single day,” said Trust for Public Land CEO and President, Diane Regas. “That is why I am thrilled to announce that TPL has brought on someone who has been a superstar of building culture and community throughout her career, Yvonne Wolf, who will start as TPL’s first Chief People and Culture Officer.”
“With 25 plus years in organizational leadership helping to foster culture, inclusivity, and community, I am honored to be joining Trust for Public Land and working to advance their long history of lifting up all voices in every community for the outdoors,” said Yvonne Wolf, TPL’s Chief People and Culture Officer. “I am confident that my skills and experience will help to serve TPL’s vision, helping to build upon and nurture a culture of belonging, that makes Trust for Public Land ‘s such an enriching place to work.”
Wolf brings over two decades of experience leading HR, DEI, and culture functions for global and national organizations including the National Restaurant Association, GSK, Novartis Vaccines, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Medical Research Institute.
“Yvonne brings a wealth of experience to this role with Trust for Public Land,” said National Board Member Susan Whiting. “Her knowledge of working across for-profit and not-for-profit organizations is a good fit for us. Her enthusiasm for our mission will help guide our work with our staff and our board as we focus on our precious community and our people who are vital to delivering on our vision.”
Connections to the outdoors are an essential part of improving public health, protecting vulnerable communities from the impacts of the climate crisis, and building strong community cohesion. And yet, 100 million people, including 28 million kids, do not have access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk from home. The parks we do have are not equitable, as parks serving primarily Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other communities of color are half the size and serve five times more people per acre than parks in primarily white neighborhoods.
TPL is leading a nationwide movement to close this outdoor equity gap by creating parks in the communities that need them most and will remain committed to making sure that every person, in every community, has access to safe, free, quality outdoor space to connect with nature. The role of Chief Culture and People Officer will bring strategic capability to the human resources and equity functions of the organization and help to advance TPL’s mission of building greater park access and equity for all communities.
About Trust for Public Land
Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit that works to connect everyone to the benefits and joys of the outdoors. As a leader in equitable access to the outdoors, TPL works with communities to create parks and protect public land where they are needed most. Since 1972, TPL has protected more than 3 million acres of public land, created more than 5,000 parks, trails, schoolyards, and iconic outdoor places, raised $84 billion in public funding for parks and public lands, and connected more than 9 million people to the outdoors. To learn more, visit tpl.org.