Senior Vice President, Policy
Ron Tipton has spent most of the past 30 years as an advocate for public land preservation and national park protection. A graduate of George Washington U. with an undergraduate degree in American Studies and a law degree from GW’s National Law Center, Ron has worked as a program officer at the National Academy of Sciences and on the oversight/investigative staff of the House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee. Since 1978 he has been a part of the advocacy and/or management team of four non-profit national conservation organizations: The Wilderness Society, National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, and National Parks Conservation Association. (NPCA) Ron was the Senior Vice President for Programs for NPCA from 2000-2008, when he became the Senior Vice President for Policy. Currently, he is focused on expanding the number of national park units to increase the natural and cultural diversity of the park system as the country approaches the 2016 Centennial celebration of the National Park Service.
Ron is the recent past President of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, an organization founded and supported by Episcopal parishes in the DC metropolitan area that provides counseling to individuals in need that want to improve their lives. He has been a member of the board or governing council of numerous recreation and trails organizations, including the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, International Mountain Bike Association, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association. Ron has been married for 33 years to Rita Molyneaux and has a son who is a firefighter. In 1978 he walked the entire length of the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail.