At the American Forest Foundation, we’re passionate about empowering family forest owners to increase the conservation impact of their land—and it's our people who make it happen.

Our leaders and staff hail from diverse backgrounds—and bring a breadth of experience, expertise, problem-solving skills and creativity to our work.

If you would like to reach any member of our team, please send your inquiry to and we'll make sure it reaches the right person.

Leadership Team


Rita Hite

President & CEO

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William Martin

Chief Operating Officer

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Glynnis Breen

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

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Valerie Craig

Senior Vice President, Conservation

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Nathan Truitt

Senior Vice President, Business Development

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Alastair Jarvis

Vice President, Entrepreneurship & Technology Strategy

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Michael Reed

Vice President, Policy & Advocacy

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Dawn Simmons

Vice President, People & Culture

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Board of Trustees

Jameson S. French


President & CEO, Northland Forest Products, Inc.

Kathryn Fernholz

Past Chair

President & CEO, Dovetail Partners

Dr. Salem Saloom

Vice Chair

President, Saloom Properties, LLC

Nicole St. Clair Knobloch

Chair, Woodland Operating Committee

Principal, Olifant

Fred Clark

Vice Chair, Woodland Operating Committee

Executive Director, Wisconsin's Green Fire

Mack Hogans


CEO, Mack Hogans Consulting

Kedren Dillard


SVP, Client Success Shipley Associates

Alex Alvarez

At-Large Member

SVP, Chief Production & Sustainability Office, Brown-Forman

Tom Beall

At-Large Member

Managing Director, Global Social Marketing Practice, Ogilvy Public Relations (retired)

Vicki Christiansen

At-Large Member

Retired Chief, USDA Forest Service

Scott Deitz

At-Large Member

Founder & President, Convene Communication Strategies, LLC

Dr. Myron F. Floyd

At-Large Member

Dean, College of Natural Resources, NC State University

Paige Goff

At-Large Member

SVP of Sustainability, Domtar Paper

Roje S. Gootee, PhD

At-Large Member

Landowner, Rush Creek Ranch, LLC

James B. Porter III

At-Large Member

Strategic Advisor, Westrock

Tim Punke

At-Large Member

Partner, Monument Advocacy

Eileen Morgan Johnson


Partner, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLP


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