Staff

Executive Staff

Jad Daley
President & CEO

Jad joined American Forests in 2017 as Vice President of Conservation Programs and was named President & CEO in 2018 after a year of leading the organization forward on issues like climate change and social equity. From 2008 to 2017, Jad launched the Climate Conservation Program at The Trust for Public Land and eventually served as Vice President for Program Development. Jad is a widely published writer on conservation topics, including an active presence on Medium, and has played a leading role in authoring and enacting federal legislation to establish forest programs such as the U.S. Forest Service Community Forest Program.

AF Inspiration: “My love of forests was birthed during childhood summers roaming an undeveloped island in Maine. I embrace the Japanese concept of ‘forest bathing’ to calm our minds and hearts, and also the very tangible power of forests to provide everything from wildlife habitat to sustainable wood products. Each tree we plant is a gift that keeps on giving.”

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Jennifer Broome
Vice President of Philanthropy

Jennifer guides fundraising and development efforts at American Forests. Prior to joining American Forests, Jennifer served as Chief Development Officer for the Nuclear Threat Initiative and led fundraising and communications efforts for the George Washington University Libraries. She is also an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington DC Metro Area Chapter, and served as the 2017 Chapter President. With over 17 years of experience raising resources for mission-driven non-profits, Jennifer is proud to leverage her fundraising expertise to enable American Forests to have a lasting positive impact on the health of the environment now and for generations to come.

AF Inspiration: “I’ve seen the incredible impact philanthropy can have on solving complex problems, and our forests are in desperate need of the kinds of innovative solutions philanthropy makes possible. I am proud to support American Forests, not only as an employee but also as a donor. I give back to American Forests because I believe in their mission and can attest to their impact, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting this amazing organization!”

Contact Jennifer via email or phone: (202) 370-4513

Peter Hutchins
Vice President & COO

Peter oversees the business and financial operations of American Forests, as well as technology and human resources. Previously, Peter was the vice president of knowledge initiatives at the American Society for Association Executives, where he was responsible for engaging thought leaders from both inside and outside the nonprofit community and developing knowledge resources for the profession.

AF Inspiration: “I remember loving to climb trees as a child. Each one was a unique puzzle that I wanted to solve to get to the highest point, which offered me a place where I could take in the world from a different vantage point. Now, I can help ensure there are more trees available for future generations of climbers.”

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Alexandra Murdoch
Vice President of Policy

Alix oversees the formation of American Forests’ policy agenda, government relations and external affairs, and advocacy effort. Alix has nearly two decades of experience leading policy improvements in natural resources and health. Prior to joining American Forests, she served as the Federal Policy Director at The Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She is a graduate of Hamilton College and Catholic University Columbus School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.

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Lea Sloan
Vice President of Communications

Lea manages American Forests’ communications efforts, including overseeing American Forests magazine; our website, blog and social media; and the development of marketing and communications materials and media. From 2002 until 2010, Lea was vice president of communications at PBS. Previously, Lea was senior vice president of marketing and communications at PAX TV. Her experience also includes more than a decade as a columnist at The Boston Globe.

AF Inspiration: “I find trees and forests endlessly fascinating. Virtually every day, I learn something new about how they nurture and support the complexity of life on which our world depends.”

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Rebecca Turner
Vice President & Chief of Staff, General Counsel

Becky has been with American Forests since September of 2010. She began her tenure here leading the organization’s policy and advocacy work. She now helps oversee the implementation of the strategic vision for the organization, provides insights on its range of programs, and offers select legal guidance. Prior to joining American Forests, Becky was a mediator for environmental policy and law conflicts at The Keystone Center. Becky has a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a JD from Vermont Law School.

AF Inspiration: “I continue to be inspired by American Forests’ historic leadership in the forest conservation sector, as well as being hopeful for the bright future of the organization. Forests from cities to rural landscapes provide endless benefits to us all and are key to addressing many of society’s greatest challenges. I am proud to be a part of this organization’s legacy.”

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Staff Directors

Ian Leahy
Director of Urban Forestry

Ian has served as American Forests’ Director of Urban Forestry since 2014. Through the award-winning Community ReLeaf initiative, he has developed a model that helps cities across the country build long-term capacity for managing their urban forests and addressing tree equity issues in low income communities. He has helped position American Forests as a national leader in integrating urban forestry expertise into the processes of building a city’s tree canopy. Prior to American Forests, Ian served as the State Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for the District of Columbia.

AF Inspiration: “American Forests has been at the forefront of every major era in the field of urban forestry. I saw the next era beginning to emerge and knew where I needed to return to help make it happen.”

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Lindsey Huerter

Lindsey Putz
Director of Corporate Giving

Lindsey manages new and existing corporate partner relationships to increase support for the many programs and projects American Forests implements each year. Prior to joining American Forests in April 2016, Lindsey oversaw a variety of corporate partnership accounts for the Dayton Dragons, a baseball team out of Dayton, Ohio and the single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, for more than five years.

AF Inspiration: “It’s a great feeling to know I can help American Forests build partnerships that will fund programs that restore crucial ecosystems.”

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Emily Russell
Director of Major Gifts

Emily leads American Forests’ major gifts efforts and is committed to building strong relationships with people who share a passion for conservation and the environment. She is especially interested in the interplay of forestry and urbanization. Emily brings her years of nonprofit fundraising experience to the organization, previously working at African Wildlife Foundation and TechnoServe.

AF Inspiration: “Forests are our natural heritage and a vital resource for all. I am excited to be part of the team at American Forests working to conserve and protect these critical environments.”

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Eric Sprague
Director of Forest Conservation

Eric leads the implementation of our forest conservation efforts, including our American ReLeaf, Global ReLeaf and Wildlands for Wildlife programs. Before joining American Forests, he directed the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s efforts to restore forest ecosystems, including accelerating the planting of trees along streams and using market-based forest conservation strategies. Eric has also worked with the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s smart growth program.

AF Inspiration: “At American Forests, I help restore forests that countless people and wildlife depend on. Our restoration efforts help provide clean water and air to people across the country and expand habitat for thousands of animal species.”

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Michael Woestehoff
Director of Communications

Michael shares American Forests’ prestigious story of progress, the promotion of science-based strategies, supporting innovative forest management and conservation for generations to come. He is focused on providing meaningful digital content, building media relations, unifying outreach efforts and growing lasting partnerships. He has been a former communications leader for Native American-based associations and nonprofits since 2006. Born and raised from the Navajo Nation, he is a graduate from Northern Arizona University and Georgetown University.

AF Inspiration: “Trees are an extension of our diverse Native cultures. They tell stories, they are medicine, and they give us direction. We are responsible for them and we must ensure they are there for the next generation.”

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Staff Managers

Sarah Lillie Anderson
Senior Manager, Tree Equity Programs

Sarah’s work focuses on equipping urban forestry stakeholders to build and retain a diverse, qualified and representative workforce. Previously, she ran Lillie Leaf Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm that helped urban greening stakeholders address equity, access, inclusion and justice in their work. Sarah’s experience includes developing and administering national urban forestry programs, managing constituent engagement for urban tree and city park associations, and facilitating local and national conferences.

AF Inspiration: “In the face of climate change and increasing urban populations, ensuring that city dwellers connect with nature near them has never been more important. At American Forests, I’m thrilled to focus on improving equitable access to quality urban tree canopy, as well as access to the careers growing, maintaining and reusing that canopy.”

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Emily Barber
Marketing Manager

Emily manages digital communications at American Forests through website management, social media strategy, email communications and all the other ways you hear about our work and beloved forests! Prior to joining American Forests, Emily worked in corporate marketing communications. She graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

AF Inspiration: “Not only is nature beautiful, it’s our lifeblood. And it’s our job to make sure it’s around for many years to come. I find so much joy in coming to work each day knowing the work American Forests does has a direct effect on the health and longevity of our planet and its ecosystems.”

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Nora Burke
Database Manager

Nora oversees the organization’s fundraising database. If you have questions about your account, feel free to reach out! She brings years of nonprofit experience to the organization; prior to joining American Forests, she was the Donor and Partnerships Manager at The Ocean Foundation.

AF Inspiration: “One tree can make a difference in carbon sequestration; at American Forests we plant millions of them. That’s pretty cool!”

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Claudia España
Development Manager

Claudia leads our direct mail and digital fundraising efforts. She also assists the Major Gifts and Small Business Partners programs. Before joining American Forests, she headed the Stock/securities gifts program at The Nature Conservancy.

AF Inspiration: “Nature is not a destination, not a place to visit but rather a home to humans, animals and plants. It is very rewarding to know I am part of an organization like American Forests and I play a small role in helping protect and restore our home.”

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Eliza Kretzmann
Urban Forestry Manager

Eliza manages the implementation of our place-based urban forest programs across the nation. She has worked in parks, city centers, and remote forests as a natural resource manager, an environmental educator, a forester, and a land conservationist, with groups ranging from youth in cities to ranchers in rural areas. She enjoys working with communities to improve their environment and to restore their parks, forests and streams. Eliza holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

AF Inspiration: “Trees and green space are crucial components of livable cities – it is rewarding to help improve the quality of life in cities across the nation!”

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Austin Rempel
Forest Conservation Manager

Austin manages our landscape-scale restoration initiatives under the American ReLeaf Program. Before joining American Forests, Austin worked on ecosystem service valuation projects as an economic consultant, planted trees along streams in Oregon, studied forest regeneration after wildfire, and herded prairie dogs along Colorado’s Front Range. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Austin is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Yale School of Forestry.

AF Inspiration: “American Forests and its local partners are redefining what can be accomplished with tree planting. I’m honored to work with communities to help their forests adapt to climate change.”

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Sarah Schmid
Corporate Giving Manager

Sarah develops new and existing corporate partner relationships to support programs and projects American Forests implements each year. Prior to joining American Forests in 2018, Sarah oversaw corporate member engagement for the National Building Museum. Sarah holds a BS in Design Studies and a BA in French from West Virginia University.

AF Inspiration: “Going to school in West Virginia, I have seen firsthand the impact that people can have on forests. I am thrilled to be part of an organization that works so diligently to restore these areas so we can enjoy them for generations to come.”

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Tia Singleton
Office & Financial Manager

With over 15 years of experience providing direct support to executive staff and office personnel through office management, report building, event planning and more, Tia brings exceptional expertise to American Forests in the day-to-day management of the organization.

AF Inspiration: “I am committed to forest restoration and preservation because forests provide vital resources that people across the nation depend on.”

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Staff Coordinators

Danielle Reed
Social Media Coordinator

Danielle S. Reed is a media personality with a passion for social media and digital content creation. Best described as a bilingual multimedia journalist, producer, and entrepreneur, Reed graduated from Syracuse University in May 2016, with a B.A. in Spanish Language, Literature & Culture and African American Studies. After interning at U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. in Washington, D.C. post-graduation, Reed moved back to her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia and produced a reality TV show about women entrepreneurs called Atlanta’s Own. Today Reed is the founder and manager of her own public relations consulting company called Reed Limited Entertainment. Follow Danielle on social media @daniellesreed.

AF Inspiration: “Forests are beautiful. I will never forget my first time zip lining through a lush, Costa Rican rainforest during a YMCA mission trip abroad. The quiet sounds, lush trees and fresh air were unforgettable, and if it were not for rainforests, trees and animals, the circle of life for human beings could not continue. We have a responsibility to protect our communities and the diverse ecosystems that exist all over this planet. I am thrilled to be a part of one of the oldest organizations dedicated to protecting this future.”

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