De Leon

Deputy Vice President, External Affairs
California/Nevada headquarters

1901 Harrison Street, Suite 1100
Oakland, CA 94612

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Marco De León serves as the Deputy Vice President for External Affairs where he is working to build a movement reflective of America’s diversity to advocate for public lands for all communities.

Marco comes to The Wilderness Society from the National Park Service where he served as a regional chief of public affairs, supporting 85 parks and numerous regional programs across eight states in developing and delivering strategic communications and engaging elected officials. Marco also worked at the organization’s internal management consulting group leading initiatives in strategic planning, operations analysis, and workforce planning.

Prior to his experience with the National Park Service, Marco worked on Capitol Hill where he gained an intimate knowledge of policy, politics, and process. While working for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest Hispanic business organization, he managed the organization’s policy portfolio and led its advocacy efforts. While working for Senator Charles Schumer, he drafted and negotiated legislative language with national, state, and local policy stakeholders as a legislative assistant on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Marco has also worked on several electoral campaigns.

Marco holds a Master in Public Affairs (MPA) from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Stanford University. He also regularly learns new things from his wife Jacqueline, daughters Josephine and Juliette, and dog Bolo.