Lindi von Mutius
Lindi von Mutius is the Director of Board Operations & Strategy at The Trust for Public Land (TPL). In that role, she works closely with the Board of Directors, the CEO, and staff across the organization. Land for People —TPL’s motto— has always been a passion for Lindi since a high school internship with Senator John Kerry (D-MA) got her working on the East Coast Greenway— a 3,000-mile biking and walking route linking major east coast cities from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida.
After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, Lindi attended Williams College, where she was a Mellon Fellow and earned a B.A. in History and a concentration in Environmental Studies, with honors. After working as a liaison for two World Bank Mediterranean Environmental Technology Assistance Program funded projects in Cairo, Egypt, Lindi returned to the U.S. to complete an A.L.M. in Environmental Management at Harvard University, magna cum laude, and then graduated from Vermont Law School where she received the Black Law Students Association Award for Distinguished Service and the award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy.
Lindi worked in bankruptcy, environmental, real estate, and corporate litigation for Flaster Greenberg, P.C. and Fox Rothschild, LLP, and co-founded a legal clinic serving homeless veterans in New Jersey. Switching from litigation to lobbying, Lindi ran government affairs in Philadelphia and Washington, DC for sub-agencies of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. There, her focus was on clean energy tax credits, trade policy, and energy policy. Chasing her passion for environmental work to the non-profits, Lindi worked as the Director of Program Management at the Environmental Defense Fund and as the Chief of Staff of the Sierra Club. Recently, Lindi began working at TPL, which feels like coming full circle working to ensure that public land benefits all people.
Lindi teaches two courses as an adjunct at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education: Environmental Justice in Practice and Introduction to Sustainability Science. Her research interests include environmental history and studying how land use law and policy can undo systemic and environmental racism. Lindi serves on the Boards of the People for the American Way and the Environmental Leadership Program. In her free time, Lindi enjoys kayaking and hiking with her dog. She was born in Essen, Germany, and speaks German fluently. She joined ELP’s Board of Directors in November, 2021.