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Margie is Chief Philanthropy Officer and Senior Vice President of The Trust for Public Land, the San Francisco-based “land for people” national organization that creates green spaces from neighborhood parks to national parks across the country. Her love of birds was ignited when she did her first Audubon Birdathon in southern Arizona – and then solidified when she volunteered for an Alaska Department of Fish and Game study, monitoring Marbled Murrelets in the Tongass National Forest.
Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, Margie was the Director of Philanthropy for the Asia-Pacific Region of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Based in Hong Kong, she worked with TNC programs in China, Mongolia, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. She was involved in planning TNC’s successful $1 billion Campaign for a Sustainable Planet and raised private funds to support conservation work in the Asia-Pacific region. During her six years at The Nature Conservancy, she also served as the Deputy Director of Development for TNC California. Previously, Margie served as Vice President for the West Region of the National Audubon Society and Director of Development for Audubon California for four years.
Before entering the field of conservation, Margie was a fundraiser at UCLA for ten years and a planner at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where she worked with youth and family agencies in East Los Angeles, Watts, and Compton. Margie received her BA in Linguistics/Psychology and MSW in community planning from UCLA. A native Californian, she enjoys traveling, diving, hiking, birding, reading, and good wine.