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

  • 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. Because local governments are unable to tax the property values or products derived from federal lands, PILT payments are necessary to support essential local government services. Unless Congress acts, counties will have received their last fully-funded PILT disbursement in 2019. 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.
  • Blog

    Endangered Species Act updates reflect county priorities

    On August 12, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross unveiled final revisions to regulations for implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This process began two years ago when DOI and Commerce first began soliciting input on possible ESA regulatory updates.
  • Document

    PILT/SRS letter to House and Senate Leadership: FY 2020

    Click the link above to download NACo's letter to congressional leadership calling on Congress to fully fund the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program until a permanent solution for sharing federal forest revenues with counties is developed.


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