About Debra Wolf Goldstein



Debra Wolf Goldstein, Esq.

Phone: 215-247-3105

Fax: 215-247-0829


Debra Wolf Goldstein brings to her clients over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and consultant specializing in land conservation. She holds a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Brown University.

Debra taught Planning Policy and Law as an adjunct professor at Temple University—Ambler and is a sought-after speaker at national and regional conferences on topics including public access liability, conservation easement violations, appraisals and conflicts of interest.

In addition to founding Conservation Matters, Debra:

  • Co-founded the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival (www.philaenvirofilmfest.org) and currently serves as Executive Director, responsible for all fundraising, management, board relations, and strategic partnerships;
  • Chaired the Land Use Committee of Philadelphia’s Park & Recreation Commission and was formerly Vice President of the Fairmount Park Commission, where she helped draft and guide passage of the City’s first parkland protection ordinance;
  • Served as Executive Director for Delaware Canal 21, a park advocacy non-profit;
  • Serves as a board member emeritus on the Fairmount Park Conservancy and on the policy committee of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association;
  • Was Vice President of Stewardship (1999-2001) and General Counsel (2001-2005) at the Bucks County-based land trust Heritage Conservancy;
  • Served as Regional Advisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (1992-1999) and as Acting Director of the Governor’s Southeast Regional Office (1997-1998);
  • Practiced as an attorney with Wolf Block in its litigation, real estate, and environmental departments (1988-1992); and
  • Chaired Mayor Michael Nutter’s Fairmount Park transition team and was a member of former Governor Ed Rendell’s Environmental Transition Team.

Debra co-hosted the public television series Greenworks for Pennsylvania and has written numerous legal, scholarly, and popular publications including: