Amy Gilbert: Executive Director

Amy Gilbert portrait
Amy Gilbert

Amy Gilbert oversees the day-to-day operations of the Coalition. In her role, she leads on the planning and execution of our membership, fundraising and communications activities. She works closely with our board and members to highlight and amplify our issue and advocacy work. Prior joining CPANP, Amy served as the Senior Officer, Communications Partnerships for the United Nations Foundation (UNF). In this position, she managed key strategic communications relationships on behalf of the organization, including partnerships with major brands, marketing partners and individual supporters. In addition, Amy also helped secure and maintain relationships with corporate partners and the entertainment industry on behalf of various UNF campaigns and initiatives as a member of UNF’s Global Partnerships team. From 2005-2011, Amy worked as a seasonal National Park Service (NPS) Ranger at Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. During her time with the NPS, she worked at the Interior Department on projects related to the 2016 NPS Centennial, as well as served on the board of the Association of National Park Rangers. Additional professional experience includes two years overseeing environmental grants for Conversation International as part of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. In 2008, Amy worked at the World Health Organization on World Health Day, which was focused on climate change’s impact on health. Amy received her B.A. from Boston University in Political Science and Public Health and a M.P.S. in Political Management from George Washington University.

Bill Wade: Business Manager

Bill Wade

Bill is a founder of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks and has served on the Executive Council and Advisory Committee since 2003.

He is a second-generation NPS employee. Following service in the U.S. Army, as an officer in the Corps of Engineers (including service in Viet Nam), he began a career with the National Park Service in 1967. He progressed “through the ranks” from Park Ranger to the position of Superintendent, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, where he spent over nine years and retired from that position in July, 1997, after 34 years of Federal service. During that career, he worked in a number of parks and had two 3-1/2 year assignments serving as an agency trainer and training manager. He focused on leadership training and in 1995 coordinated an agency-wide effort to deliver over 120 one-week long leadership seminars to all supervisors and managers in the National Park Service. He has received the Department of the Interior Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service awards; the NPS Superintendent of the Year (for resource management) award and the National Parks Conservation Association Stephen T. Mather award.

He helped establish and served in various officer positions for two other national non-profit organizations.

Since leaving the National Park Service, he has continued to be heavily involved in training and consulting for that agency and other organizations. Also during his career and since retirement, he has been involved in employee development programs in New Zealand, Greece, Russia, Abu Dhabi and the Kingdom of Jordan.

Donald Baur: Legal Counsel and Environment, Energy and Resources Partner at Perkins Coie LLP

Donald Baur

Donald Baur is a partner in the Washington, D.C. Office of Perkins Coie, where he practices environmental, natural resources, and Native American law. He has served as legal counsel to the Coalition since its inception in and was the recipient of the 1872 Award in 2008. Don began his legal career as an attorney for the National Park Service in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior, and later he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission.

Don currently serves on the Boards of Trustees for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the Shenandoah National Park Trust, as well as on the Environmental Leadership Council of the Environmental Law Institute. He is lead editor and author of the American Bar Association’s books on The Endangered Species Act: Law, Policy, and Perspectives and Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy, and the author of over 40 law review articles on environmental law topics. He has served as an adjunct professor in environmental law at the Vermont Law School since 1998. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Trinity College, where he graduated with a BA in History, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Steve Pittleman: Web Administration

Steve started with the NPS in June 1979 as a Seasonal Park Technician at the C&O Canal N.H.P. and retired over 35 years later as a Supervisory Information Technology Specialist. Steve oversees the operation of the Coalition web site.