Washington, DC; April 13, 2012—Today, American Forests Board Chair Lynda Webster announced the addition of four board members to its existing group of eight: Rob Bourdon, drummer for Linkin Park and philanthropist; Rod DeArment, law partner in Covington & Burling LLP; Erin Fuller, president of Alliance for Women in Media; and Megan Oxman, program financial manager at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. DeArment was appointed at the October 2011 board meeting as treasurer.

“We are delighted to be adding such a stellar group of new board members,” says Webster. “Rob, Rod, Erin and Megan represent a remarkable range of talent, background and perspectives. All of us are excited about the direction American Forests is moving in to protect and restore our nation’s forests and know that, with board members like these, our future is looking even brighter.”

About the Board Members

Rob Bourdon is the drummer of modern alternative rock band Linkin Park. Bourdon was instrumental in defining creative marketing strategies which led to the establishment of Machine Shop Marketing (MSM) in 2001, where Bourdon is a partner. Today, MSM exists as a bridge, connecting fans with brands, film, music and interactive media via innovative marketing techniques. In 2005, along with his Linkin Park bandmates, Bourdon founded the nonprofit organization Music for Relief and currently serves on its board. He is passionate about improving the environment and making the world a better place.

Rod DeArment is a partner and co-chair of the Government Affairs practice at Covington & Burling LLP, an international law firm based in Washington, D.C. DeArment has served in government as the deputy secretary of labor in the Bush-Quayle administration, as chief of staff to then-Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and as chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Finance Committee. DeArment received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Trinity College and a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review.

Erin Fuller is president of the Alliance for Women in Media, a 10,000-member organization that works to advance women in all forms of electronic media. She also serves as group president of Coulter, a company that works with nonprofit organizations and corporations. Fuller is a fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and has served as the chief staff executive for organizations such as Tysons Tomorrow, the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Community Associations Institute Research Foundation. She is the president of American University’s Alumni Association, where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Megan Oxman is a program financial manager at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she specializes in analyzing and investing in mobile payments deployments around the world. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked as a financial analyst at a Seattle-based real-estate developer and at a start-up hedge fund in New York City. Oxman holds an MBA from the Wharton School and master’s degree in International Studies (focusing on Latin America and Spanish) from the University of Pennsylvania. She also received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

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American Forests restores and protects urban and rural forests. Founded in 1875, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the USDA Forest Service, the national forest and national park systems and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration projects and public education efforts. Since 1990, American Forests has planted more than 40 million trees in forests throughout the U.S. and in 38 countries, resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife and fish, and the removal of millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Learn more at www.americanforests.org.

Michelle Werts
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