The Trust For Public Land Names New Ohio Director

June 26, 2012
Cleveland, OH

Pamela A. Carson, a former senior executive at KeyCorp, today was appointed Director of the Ohio office of The Trust for Public Land, the national conservation organization announced.

Ms. Carson was most recently Executive Vice President and Director of Global Treasury Management for KeyCorp, one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies. She spent 19 years at KeyCorp in senior positions and earlier as Vice President at Citibank in Cleveland.

She has also long been active in conservation, including previously serving as chair of the Board of Directors of the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as Trustee for the Nature Conservancy and The Countryside Conservancy.

"Pam Carson has a unique combination of success as a senior executive in the financial services industry and passion for protecting land for people, which makes her an excellent fit to lead our Ohio office," said Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land. "Ohio is a critical state for us, and we look forward to Pam's leadership in helping us be successful."

Ms. Carson, a native of the Cleveland area, said, "I grew up going to great places like the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cleveland Metroparks. They were important to me for recreation, exercise, places to go with my friends, and enjoying the magic that happens when we enter nature. I want everyone in Ohio to have access to that magic."

"Our goal in Ohio is to work with the State of Ohio and other partners on land acquisitions to support key conservation projects, and to further build our urban program in northeastern Ohio, including completion of the Towpath Trail in Cleveland, as well as projects in other urban areas of the state," she said.

She graduated from Ohio University and received her master's degree in business from Baldwin Wallace College. She lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The Trust for Public Land has worked in Ohio since 1974 and has completed 97 projects, including turning the former Richfield Coliseum into a bird sanctuary; creating an 11-mile-long trail on a former railroad right-of-way in Toledo and Wood counties; creating the Big Run preserve in Delaware County; helping preserve the Euclid Beach carousel near Cleveland; helping preserve Wingfoot Lake, at the Goodyear site in Akron; and creating Rivergate Park, along the Cuyahoga River in the Cleveland Flats.

Since its establishment in 1972, The Trust for Public Land has become the nation's leader in helping local communities create funding for parks and open space, and is the only national organization working to create parks and playgrounds in cities across the nation. www.tpl.org