Jonathan Shuffield

Associate Legislative Director – Public Lands and Liaison to the Western Interstate Region

Jonathan Shuffield serves as NACo’s Associate Legislative Director for Public Lands and Liaison to the Western Interstate Region, lobbying Congress on public lands issues including Payments In Lieu of Taxes, Secure Rural Schools, land management and endangered species. Before joining NACo, Jonathan served as both Policy Director and Executive Director for the Congressional Western Caucus. He also served as Legislative Director for Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) and as Legislative Assistant for Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-02), where his primary focus was on federal lands and environmental issues.

A native Texan, Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Kathryn. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring our nation’s public lands, reading history and collecting original vinyl albums.

More from Jonathan Shuffield

  • Advocacy

    Sample Letter to Congress: Full Funding for the PILT Program

    It is critical for America's public lands counties that Congress work together to develop a bi-partisan, bi-cameral funding solution for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Please use this sample letter as a guide to urge your Representatives and Senators to fully fund PILT in FY 2018 and beyond.
  • Policy Brief

    Provide Full Mandatory Funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program

    Urge your members of Congress to support mandatory full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Unless Congress acts, counties will have received their last fully funded PILT disbursement in 2017. Without mandatory full funding, PILT will remain a discretionary program (subject to the annual appropriations process) and could fall back to pre-2008 funding levels, which would devastate local government service delivery in areas with significant federal land ownership.
  • Policy Brief

    Continue Revenue Sharing Payments to Forest Counties: Support the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program

    Urge your members of Congress to enact a long-term legislative solution for continued revenue sharing payments to forest counties through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The SRS program expired in September 2015 and has not been reauthorized for FY 2016 or beyond. Forest counties received their last authorized SRS payments (FY 2015) in calendar year 2016 and the availability of future SRS payments remains in jeopardy.