Deputy Director, Public Lands


Jenny Rowland-Shea is the deputy director for Public Lands at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she worked at the National Wildlife Federation, focusing on climate change and energy policy issues. Rowland-Shea holds a master’s degree in geography from The George Washington University where she focused on urban sustainability and green space issues and served as the teaching assistant for the university’s Introduction to Sustainability course. Previously, she worked in the transportation planning sector and has interned with Alliance for Community Trees and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Rowland-Shea also holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Delaware and is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Latest by Jenny Rowland-Shea

The Nature Gap Report

The Nature Gap

People of color, families with children, and low-income communities are most likely to be deprived of the benefits that nature provides.

Jenny Rowland-Shea, Sahir Doshi, Shanna Edberg, 1 More Robert Fanger

The Green Squeeze Report
An aquatic turtle hides in its shell while crossing an asphalt road in California, January 2016. (A turtle crosses the road.)

The Green Squeeze

To slow the loss of America’s wildlife and natural areas, scientists recommend conserving 30 percent of lands and oceans by 2030. This goal is ambitious, but achievable.

Matt Lee-Ashley, Jenny Rowland-Shea, Ryan Richards

Backroom Deals Report
Existing gas and oil development near the Roan Plateau can be seen from a plane, June 25, 2018, near De Beque, Colorado. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images) (Existing gas and oil development near the Roan Plateau, seen from plane)

Backroom Deals

Noncompetitive leasing—the bargain bin of the federal onshore oil and gas program—is wasteful, unnecessary, and largely shielded from public scrutiny.

Kate Kelly, Jenny Rowland-Shea, Nicole Gentile

Boundary Waters at Risk Report
Two canoers paddle through mist in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. (Getty/Layne Kennedy)

Boundary Waters at Risk

By shortcutting science and ignoring local concerns, the Trump administration is endangering Minnesota wilderness.

Carlos Rivero Lopez, Jenny Rowland-Shea

The Favor Factory Report
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke swears in David Bernhardt as the deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior, August 1, 2017.

The Favor Factory

A culture of corruption in President Donald Trump’s Interior Department may be resulting in lucrative rewards for the political patrons and past clients of Secretary Ryan Zinke, Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, and other senior Trump administration officials.

Jenny Rowland-Shea, Marc Rehmann

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