Trust for Public Land Announces Katie J. Murtha as Vice President of Federal Affairs

July 15, 2022

Katie J. Murtha joins Trust for Public Land (TPL) today as Vice President of Federal Affairs.  In this role, Katie will lead the federal advocacy team in implementing TPL's strategic plan of increasing public land parks, trails, schoolyards while also committing to healthy, climate smart, and equitable communities.   

"I am excited for this opportunity to work with an organization I hold in the highest esteem," said Katie J. Murtha, VP of Federal Affairs at TPL. "I have had the distinct pleasure of working with TPL for nearly two decades, beginning with TPL’s work to establish the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge during my tenure with one of our great conservationists, former Representative John D. Dingell. I am particularly pleased to help TPL increase access to nature in marginalized cities and to address climate change through nature.” 

“Katie’s decades of experience and years of leadership working on Capitol Hill will prove invaluable as TPL works with Congress to increase access to nature for all communities across the country," said Bill Lee, President of Trust for Public Land Action Fund and Senior Vice President of Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Katie to TPL and join us in our shared mission to close the park equity gap.” 

Katie brings nearly three decades of experience to TPL. She spent 17 years working for her hometown Congressman, former Representative John D. Dingell, where she started as an intern and eventually became Chief of Staff. For the past few years, Katie has served as Vice President of Federal Government Relations for Environment America and U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). Katie holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's in Public Policy from Georgetown University.  

Trust for Public Land's Federal Affairs team works in the nation's capital to provide resources and guidance about federal land conservation policy and funding to an array of interested parties, including Congress, the White House, federal agency staff, local and state land trust activists and government officials, and other conservation groups. The  team also assists TPL's regional offices, as well as other local land trusts, community groups, and government offices. 


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