New Faces Added to Board of Directors

This Fall, World Forestry Center’s Board of Directors voted to add three new members. Join us in welcoming them.

Matt Donegan

Returning to World Forestry Center’s board, Matt brings nearly three decades of global experience in industrial-scale forestland investment and management. He co-founded Forest Capital Partners, one of the world’s largest forest investment firms. Matt’s extensive public policy experience includes board and government positions. He is chair of the Oregon Governor’s Wildfire Response Council.

“What sets World Forestry Center apart is its foundation among practitioners. If we are going to modernize and expand sustainable forestry to confront climate change, it will be practitioners – the actual stewards of the land – who will find solutions that create real impact. World Forestry Center is well-positioned to lead this change.”

Zanley (Zan) Galton III

Zan has an extensive background in private equity and manufacturing. He currently runs The Western Group, a domestic metal manufacturing firm based in Oregon. In 2008, he became one of the Managing Members of the Oregon-based United Machine, a position he still holds. Highlights from his recent board service include Sagacity Media, the local 516 Taft-Hartley Pension Trust, and the French American International School.

“There are few issues as important and intersectional as how we manage our forestland. In a world where ideological polarization seems to be increasing, it behooves us to create and sustain strong forums, like World Forestry Center, where different perspectives can come together to debate ideas, develop forestry leaders, and drive real-world results.”

Greg Nelson

Greg leads strategy and operations for a family office which includes a diverse investment and philanthropy portfolio focused on decarbonization, conservation, and civic engagement. Greg spent six years working in the Obama White House on the economic policy and clean energy teams. Previously, he developed startups in energy and biomaterials and consulted for businesses, nonprofits, and foundations.

“Over the last few years, I’ve been inspired by the World Forestry Center’s vision for impact in a changing world. I decided to join their board because I believe in the importance of the work they’re doing and the strategy behind it.”

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