Ken Rait

Ken is the director of the U.S. Public Lands Program at Pew Charitable Trusts. He is the former director of the Heritage Forests Campaign, the organization that successfully advocated for the conservation of nearly 60 million acres of roadless, wild national forest lands. He served as conservation director of the Oregon Natural Resources Council and, prior to that, spent seven years as issues director for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Previously, he was the conservation chair of the Sierra Club’s Rincon Group in Tucson, Arizona, where he lobbied for the passage of the Arizona Bureau of Land Management wilderness bill. At that time he held a faculty position at the University of Arizona’s Department of Agricultural Economics as research associate and published in various legal and economics journals. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clark University.