Meet the #forestproud team!
TJ remembers the after-school announcement like it was yesterday: “…due to recent events, the 6th grade spring dance is cancelled.” Recognizing an injustice when he sees one, TJ embarked on a public relations campaign loosely based on the Beastie Boys classic, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party).” It was his first campaign. He was hooked.
Now the Executive Director (and formerly the Director of Communications + Strategic Partnerships) for NAFP, TJ brings this same enthusiasm and passion to protecting and promoting our forests.
Prior to joining NAFP, TJ was an advocate for the forest products industry on behalf of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the American Wood Council (AWC), focusing on issues related to energy, forestry, climate change, recycling, green building, packaging, tax, and transportation. With a degree in Political Science from Wheaton College, TJ has worked as a speechwriter for the National Park Service and led public affairs efforts for a next-generation LED lighting technology company.
A New England native raised below the Mason-Dixon line, TJ is an outdoor enthusiast. Most recently, he and his wife successfully hiked the entire 2,200 mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail, across 14 states from Georgia to Maine. And now, he will never eat peanut butter again.
Rae loves trees and wants to change the world. (Small goals right?) She has a strong belief in the need for efficient communication and collaboration between organizations working on different aspects of a single greater goal: keeping forests as forests.
Rae has a background in sociology and anthropology and used to focus on anti-poverty efforts across the USA. This gives her insight into the connection between people, society, and the ways in which we interact with and manage our natural resources.
A regular participant in invasive species removal and storm water management projects at state and local parks, she is a budding bird-watcher by circumstance, but is only really at the LBB (little brown bird!) level. It's a work in progress...
Need to get ahold of us?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us mail at: North American Forest Partnership | #forestproud 6218 Georgia Avenue NW Ste 1 - 473 Washington, DC 20011-5125
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