Ecotrust Forests

Board of Directors

Spencer B. Beebe Executive Chair & Founder, Ecotrust
Spencer B. Beebe is the Chairman of Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) and the Executive Chair and Founder of Ecotrust, a non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Beebe founded Ecotrust in 1991 after acting as the founding president of Conservation International in 1987 and, prior to that, helping develop The Nature Conservancy's International Program. As Chairman, Mr. Beebe assists in raising capital for Ecotrust Forest Funds and provides strategic direction and guidance on forestland acquisitions. Over his career, he has raised millions of dollars in grants and capital to fund, launch, or capitalize over 20 non-profit and for-profit organizations, including Conservation International, Ecotrust, Ecotrust Canada, and ShoreBank Pacific, among others. Having profitably managed family forestlands in Oregon for over 20 years using many of the natural forest management approaches utilized by EFM, his insight is indispensable. Mr. Beebe has a Master's Degree in Forest Science from Yale and a B.S. in Economics from Williams College.

John E. Earhart Chairman, Global Environment Fund
John Earhart is the chairman and founding shareholder of the Global Environment Fund (GEF) Management Corporation, a $1 billion private investment management firm focusing on businesses that improve environmental quality and manage natural resources in a sustainable manner. He serves as Managing Partner for the GEF Global Emerging Markets Forestry Partners, GEF’s Africa Sustainable Forestry Fund, and has been an active advisor for forest management projects throughout the world. Mr. Earhart has been active in the international environmental conservation field for more than 35 years and has lived and worked in several countries. The majority of his professional life has been dedicated to solving environmental and social problems through sustainable private enterprises and currently sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards. He is a forestry/natural resources graduate of California State University, Sacramento and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Dr. John Gordon Consultant, Former Dean of Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
John Gordon is a consultant and partner in Maximum Yield Associates, a forest technology firm, and is chairman of the board and partner in the Candlewood Timber Group/ Forestal Santa Barbara, a sustainable forestry company based in Argentina. He is Pinchot Professor Emeritus at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he was Dean from 1983-1992 and 1997-1998. He has expertise in the biological basis of forest productivity, the management of research, and forest policy. Dr. Gordon has led several national-level assessments, including those on research and resource management in national parks, forestry research (for the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences), and Indian forests and forestry. He served as a member of the Congressionally mandated Scientific Panel on Late-Successional Ecosystems, was co-chairman of the Seventh American Forest Congress and has extensive consulting experience with public and private organizations. He has authored or coauthored over 100 publications and is senior editor of a seminal work on biological nitrogen fixation in temperate forest ecosystems. Dr. Gordon has a Ph.D. in plant physiology and silviculture and a BS in forest management from Iowa State University, and has been a Fulbright Scholar in Finland (University of Helsinki) and India (Bangalore).

David Pollock Private Investor
David Pollock has had an extensive business career spanning 30 years and three continents. Most recently, he was the President and CEO of Stormwater Management, Inc, a leading supplier (design, manufacture, and distribution) of effective stormwater solutions to the construction, industrial, and municipal sectors in the United States. Mr. Pollock became involved with Stormwater Management in 1998 and lead dramatic growth while creating an acclaimed internal environment for all employees. As CEO and an investor, he guided the company through a sale to CONTECH Construction Products, Inc in 2005, at which time the company had sales exceeding $35 million, 155 employees and systems in 48 states and five countries. Previously, Mr. Pollock had a broad international career with leading companies, such as Cummins Engine Company, Onan Corporation, Hyster/NMHG, and Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug, the leading manufacturer/supplier of snow grooming equipment. Throughout his career, Mr. Pollock has successfully grown businesses, guided companies out of leveraged situations, and acted as a hands-on leader. Mr. Pollock has an MBA from the University of Virginia and a BA from the University of Redlands.

Bettina von Hagen CEO, Ecotrust Forest Management
Bettina helped launch Ecotrust Forests and joined EFM as CEO in 2008. Bettina has spent the past 15 years working to promote economic viability, social equity, and environmental health in the Pacific Northwest with a particular focus on forestry. A former vice president of Ecotrust’s Natural Capital Fund and commercial banker, Bettina has over 20 years of experience in banking, impact investing, and fund management. She also has significant expertise in emerging markets in ecosystem services, particularly the forest carbon market, where she is involved in developing markets and protocols for high-quality forest carbon projects at the state, regional, and federal levels. Previously, Bettina was Vice President at Ecotrust for forestry programs and for the Natural Capital Fund, a fund that invests in key businesses and initiatives in the conservation economy. Prior to joining Ecotrust in 1993, she was a vice president and commercial lender at First Interstate Bank of Oregon. Bettina has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of the Pacific. She currently serves on the boards of the Climate Trust, Forest Trends, and the VCS Association.


Adam Lane Treasurer
Adam is the CFO and Chief Operating Officer of Ecotrust. He has held a number of positions in technology companies, including Intel where he specialized in transactional work (including acquisition analysis) and led the post-acquisition financial integration team for U.S. deals. At Merix, a manufacturing company, Adam also handled acquisitions and worked extensively in the area of activity-based costing and corporate financing alternatives. Prior to attending business school, he worked as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led project teams in analyzing company cost structures, market share, and product line profitability. Adam earned an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Pomona College. He serves as board chair of Celilo Group Media.

Paloma Caskey Secretary
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