Linda Orel, Executive Director
Ernest Cook is the president of The Conservation Campaign and a senior vice president of The Trust for Public Land. From his base in Boston, he oversees TPL's national programs. In his dual leadership roles for TCC and TPL, Ernest supervises a network of government relations professionals and political consultants across the country. Over the past decade, he has provided strategic counsel to more than 200 campaigns, and helped to pass measures that will provide more than $20 billion in funding for parks and open space.
Will Abberger is vice president of The Conservation Campaign and the director of TPL's national Conservation Finance program. Based in Tallahassee, Florida, Will leads the work of TCC and TPL in assisting state and local governments and citizen groups to gauge public support for open space and craft ballot measures that generate new sources of funding for land conservation. Will led TPL's efforts to secure legislative approval in 1999 of the Florida Forever Act, the largest legislatively-enacted state conservation land acquisition program. He has been directly involved in more than 70 local and state land conservation ballot measures and numerous legislative campaigns.
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Cynthia Scherer is vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of The Conservation Campaign, and is based in San Francisco. Prior to entering the not-for-profit sector, Cindy worked in corporate finance for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company in its Washington, D.C., headquarters, and also has a background in accounting in the broadcast industry.
is executive director of The Conservation Campaign and New England Director of Conservation Finance for The Trust for Public Land. Based in Boston, she manages fundraising efforts on behalf of TCC and helps citizen groups and state and local governments generate public support for new sources of funding for land protection. Prior to her work for TCC and TPL, Linda was an environmental advocate and lawyer and a foundation officer.
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is counsel to The Conservation Campaign and TPL's Conservation Finance program. As counsel, she oversees compliance with the lobbying, campaign finance, and election laws in the many states and municipalities where TPL and TCC support ballot measures to generate funds for open space and parks. Peggy is based in Denver, Colorado.