Paul Sanford

National Director of Recreation Policy with The Wilderness Society


Paul Sanford is the National Director of Recreation Policy at The Wilderness Society, where he manages TWS' recreation policy agenda and its programs to connect more people to the outdoors. A native of Cleveland, OH, Paul has a Law degree from the University of Toledo and a Bachelor's degree from Ohio University. Paul began his recreation career in 2004 as the Policy Director at the American Canoe Association. He came to The Wilderness Society in 2011 because he believes in the deep connection between people and place that is forged by recreation on public lands, and knows that people can enjoy wilderness while at the same time ensuring its protection. Paul has been recognized for his leadership by the Coalition for Outdoor Access and the Outdoors Alliance for Kids. In his spare time, Paul hikes the trails and paddles the waters of the Eastern U.S. as often as possible.