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 and CEO

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William Martin

Chief Operating Officer

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Glynnis Breen

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

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Christine Cadigan

Executive Vice President, Carbon Origination

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Jill Harris

Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations

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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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Michael Reed

Vice President, Policy and Advocacy

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Dawn Simmons

Vice President, People and Culture

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Board of Trustees

Jameson S. French


President and CEO, Northland Forest Products, Inc.

Salem Saloom

Vice Chair

President, Saloom Properties

Nicole St. Clair Knobloch

Chair, Woodland Operating Committee

Principal, Olifant

Mack Hogans


CEO, Mack Hogans Consulting

Kedren Dillard


SVP, Client Success Shipley Associates

Alex Alvarez

At-Large Member

SVP, Chief Production and Sustainability Office, Brown-Forman

Sophie Beckham

At-Large Member

VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, International Paper

Jasmine K. Brown

At-Large Member

PhD Candidate, Forestry, Michigan State University

Vicki Christiansen

At-Large Member

Retired Chief, USDA Forest Service

Scott Deitz

At-Large Member

Founder and President, Convene Communication Strategies

Myron F. Floyd

At-Large Member

Dean, College of Natural Resources, NC State University

Paige Goff

At-Large Member

SVP of Sustainability, Domtar Paper

Jennie L. Stephens

At-Large Member

CEO, Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation

Kathryn Fernholz

Past Chair

President and CEO, Dovetail Partners

Eileen Morgan Johnson


Partner, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLP


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