Executive and Board Changes at American Forests

Washington, DC (January 29, 2010)- The board of directors of American Forests, the Washington, DC-based conservation organization, has appointed Gerry Gray to be acting executive director following the resignation of Deborah Gangloff to become president and CEO of the Crow Canyon Archeological Center in Colorado.


Gray has been American Forests’ vice president for policy since 1990 and director of its Forest Policy Center since 1995. He established the community-based forestry program at American Forests to support the participation of local partners in national policy discussions and advocacy, and writes a column for the organization’s quarterly magazine. He also cooperated with the U.S. County Studies Program in the 1990s to assist countries in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia in preparing climate change action plans for their forests.
Gray is a board member of the Sierra Institute for Environment and Community, and the Communities Committee of the 7th American Forest Congress. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
In January, Lynda Webster of Washington, D.C., became chair of the board of directors of AMERICAN FORESTS and welcomed five new members to the board: F. Zimmerman (Zim) Boulos, Jacksonville, Fla., Michael Chenard, Mooresville, N.C., Steve Marshall of Kent, Ohio, Boyd Matson of McLean, Va., and Henry McKoy of Durham, N.C. Continuing board members are treasurer Tom Lannin, Charlotte, N.C., Bruce Lisman of New York, N.Y., chair of the new executive search committee, and immediate past president Caroline Gabel of Chestertown, Md. Lynda Webster is CEO and chairman of The Webster Group, a DC based firm that specializes in event production, fundraising and foundation management. Additional biographical information in online.
American Forests is a leader in planting trees to slow climate change and heal the planet through its Global ReLeaf program. Its Urban Forest Center conducts ecosystem analyses for metropolitan regions using GIS methods it has helped pioneer. The organization has been an influential voice for conservation and the environment since its founding in 1875 as the American Forestry Association, publishes American Forests magazine, and is home to education and awareness programs including the National Register of Big Trees, A Tree for Every Child and the Historic Tree program. www.americanforests.org.
American Forests’ mission is to grow a healthier world with trees by working with communities on local efforts that restore and maintain forest ecosystems. Our work encompasses planting trees, calculating the value of urban forests, fostering environmental education, and improving public policy for trees at the national level. We have a goal of 100 million trees planted by 2020.