NAFO appoints Kate Gatto as chief strategy officer, Jonathan Tyree as VP for operations, Anne Clawson as VP for policy and regulatory affairs, Ethan Breitling as VP for communications and creative

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WASHINGTON , July 8, 2022 (press release) –

The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) announced today multiple staff promotions and organizational changes that will help NAFO more effectively represent private working forests and the environmental and economic benefits they provide.

“Personal and organizational growth are key parts of NAFO’s culture,” said NAFO President and CEO Dave Tenny. “These timely changes will keep us strong, resilient, and well positioned for future success.”

Key staff changes include:

  • Kate Gatto is now Chief Strategy Officer, providing strategic direction, focus, and alignment across the organization.
  • Ethan Breitling is now Vice President for Communications and Creative.
  • Anne Clawson is now Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs.  Anne will continue to oversee both policy and government relations until NAFO hires a new Vice President for Government Relations.
  • Jonathan Tyree is now Vice President for Operations.
  • J.J. Manser has expanded his role to become Director for Government Relations and State Outreach.
  • Kristin Sleeper has expanded her role to become Director for Policy and Research.

These actions to strengthen NAFO come at a time when the environmental and economic contributions of private working forests are more important than ever. Through sustainable practices and healthy markets, private working forests provide climate benefits, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and good paying jobs that Americans need.

The announced changes have created opportunities to hire additional staff.  NAFO will immediately fill an Operations Manager position and will soon hire a Vice President for Government Relations and Director for Communications.

The changes and promotions took effect on July 1. Updated staffing information can be found on the NAFO website.

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The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) is a national advocacy organization committed to advancing federal policies that ensure our working forests provide clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and jobs through sustainable practices and strong markets. NAFO member companies own and sustainably manage more than 46 million acres of private working forests – forests that are managed to provide a steady supply of timber. NAFO’s membership also includes state and national associations representing tens of millions of additional acres. Private working forests in the U.S. support 2.5 million jobs. Private working forests – which provide 90% of our timber harvest for wood and fiber – also account for 80% of our total net forest carbon sequestration and nearly half of our forest carbon storage. Learn more at| @NAFO_Forests

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