Welcoming the Trust for Public Land’s New NW Director

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With a profound background in conservation leadership and relationship-building, David Patton is ready to hit the ground running to advance TPL's mission in the PNW.

David Patton
The Patton family loves to get active in Washington’s great outdoors.

The Trust for Public Land recently welcomed David Patton as their new​ Northwest Area Director. With a profound background in conservation leadership and relationship-building in the Pacific Northwest, David Patton is ready to hit the ground running to help create parks and protect open space in the PNW. Welcome David to the land trust community!

The Trust for Public Land today announced that David Patton has joined the organization as Northwest Area Director, overseeing programmatic and philanthropic activity to create parks and conserve green open spaces in Washington and Oregon. Patton will work with the organization’s local volunteer advisory board to ensure that residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park, to protect and create access to public lands, and to conserve watersheds and working lands across the region.

Ann Morgan, Senior Vice President and The Trust for Public Land’s West Division Director, extolled Patton’s experience. “David Patton’s demonstrated skills in communications, relationship building and leadership make him an ideal choice to advance The Trust for Public Land’s efforts to create parks and protect open space where everyone in the Northwest can get outdoors.”

For more than 15 years, David Patton has served in leadership roles in conservation and human service organizations including the National Parks Conservation Association, Forterra, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Previously, he helped create the North Cascades Initiative, a collaborative conservation model between public agencies so that the ecosystem surrounding the national park remains healthy and resilient. Since 2014, Patton has served as Senior Director of Philanthropy for the YMCA of Greater Seattle, responsible for directing the design and implementation of a $172 million comprehensive campaign to expand and enhance programs and services throughout the Greater Seattle region.

“My family is passionate about the outdoors and the impact it has on our mental and physical health,” David Patton said. “I am enthusiastic about the prospect of working with community members across the Northwest to create parks and protect land for the health and enjoyment of all people.”

David Patton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of Maine. He is a member of Advancement Northwest and the Northwest Regional Council of the National Parks Conservation Association. In addition, Patton also serves as board member and volunteer coach for the Western Washington Female Hockey Association.