Vice President of Conservation Programs
Jad directs American Forests’ conservation programs including Policy, Community ReLeaf, American ReLeaf, and related initiatives such as Wildlands for Wildlife. From 2008 to early 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 HuffPost, 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.”