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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Will Martin

Executive Vice President, Operations

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Glynnis Breen

Vice President, Communications

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Alastair Jarvis

Vice President, Entrepreneurship & Technology Strategy

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Valerie Craig

Senior Vice President, Conservation

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Michael Reed

Vice President, Policy & Advocacy

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Dawn Simmons

Vice President, People & Culture

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Nathan Truitt

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

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Board of Trustees

Jameson S. French, Chair

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, Treasurer

CEO, Mack Hogans Consulting

Kedren Dillard, Secretary

SVP, Client Success Shipley Associates

Alex Alvarez, At-Large Member

SVP, Chief Production & Sustainability Office, Brown-Forman

Tom Beall, At-Large Member


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

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


Tim Punke, At-Large Member

Partner, Monument Advocacy

Eileen Morgan Johnson, Counsel

Partner, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLP


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Accomplished Executive Rita Hite Takes the Helm as First Woman President & Chief Executive Officer of American Forest Foundation

The American Forest Foundation today announced Rita Hite as its president and chief executive officer. Hite is the first woman in the organization’s more than 40-year history to hold its top position.

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Tom Martin’s early childhood helped prepare him for a career - and a passion - for woodlands. As he prepares to retire from his role as President & CEO of AFF at the end of this year, we take a look back at how his influence and leadership will continue to resonate in the many programs and projects he has championed.

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