Christine Cadigan

Executive Vice President, Carbon Origination

Christine Cadigan is currently the executive vice president for carbon origination at the American Forest Foundation. In the context of the Family Forest Carbon Program and AFF’s focus on climate change, Christine’s team is responsible for enrolling landowners in climate-smart forestry practices and generating high-quality carbon credits from these enrolled properties.

Christine has led FFCP since its inception, setting the strategy from ideation to design to implementation. Under her leadership, the program validated an innovative methodology through Verra’s Verified Carbon Standard, launched a small landowner offering in the Central Appalachian region, signed almost $50 million in Emissions Reductions Purchase Agreements with major corporations and issued its first $10 million third-party designated Green Bond, addressing numerous Sustainable Development Goals.

Christine has worked at AFF for nearly 12 years and graduated from Duke University with dual master's degrees in environmental management and forestry. A family landowner herself, Christine lives and works on her Tree Farm in central Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Nearly every weekend, you can find them frolicking outside in the woods appreciating this natural gift they have the responsibility of stewarding.

  • Favorite Tree

    Southern Magnolia

  • Favorite Forest Activity


  • Favorite Wildlife Critter

    Scarlet Tanager