Ernest Cook

Senior Vice President and Director of Conservation Strategies

Ernest oversees the national divisions of The Trust for Public Land that provide our conservation services, which includes Conservation Transactions, Conservation Vision/GIS, Conservation Finance and Federal Affairs. Since joining the organization in 1980, Ernest has significantly expanded its geographic and program scope, laying the groundwork for its land conservation and park programs in New England and the Midwest and serving as its first regional director for both regions. After moving to a national leadership role in 1994, Ernest played a primary role in planning and marketing the Green Cities Initiative, which renewed and expanded The Trust for Public Land's historic commitment to urban parks. He also built the Conservation Finance program by establishing a nationwide team of staff and political consultants who have helped state and local governments create over $40 billion in new sources of public funds for parks and land conservation. More recently, Ernest formed a Conservation Economics unit and is leading the creation of large-scale national databases that allow for greater accountability and effectiveness of park and conservation programs for both public and private conservation partners.