Ecotrust Forests
ABOUT US

Our Team

Bettina von HagenChief Executive Officer
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 $26 million 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.


Sam Baron Chief Financial Officer
Sam has nearly a decade of finance and accounting experience, ranging from financial reporting and analysis to treasury accounting. Prior to joining EFM, Sam worked as a Financial Analyst for McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, and as an Operations Controller for Compass Group USA. Sam holds a BA from the University of Delaware.


Amrita Vijay Kumar Director
Amrita joined Ecotrust Forest Management to lead EFM’s fund development, advisory and capital raising efforts. She possesses a unique mix of private sector experience in banking, impact investing and consulting, having worked for Piper Jaffray’s clean-tech banking group and PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore for 5 years. She has also worked with entrepreneurs in West Africa and forest carbon developers in Indonesia to access international carbon finance markets. Amrita is a Fellow of the Erb Institute and graduated from the University of Michigan with an MBA and an MS in Natural Resources. She was named the Journal of Environmental Investing’s Graduate Scholar in 2011 and recently co-authored the book Evolutions in Sustainable Investing Strategies.


Will Hart Forester
Will provides oversight, management and planning capacity for all forest lands currently managed by EFM. His extensive practical experience inspires his commitment to maximizing the economic, ecological and social returns from effective forest management. Will has five years of on-the-ground operating experience with Washington State’s Department for Natural Resources, where he was responsible for designing timber harvests and managing timber sales, while coordinating forest operations and restoration activities. He has a M.S. in Forestry from Michigan Technological University and a B.S. from the University of Puget Sound, and is a member of the Society of American Foresters.


Tim Herms Controller
Tim oversees accounting and human resources for EFM. He has over fifteen years of experience managing the finance and accounting functions for businesses and non-profit organizations, including eight years as the Controller for the Oregon Symphony Association and Foundation. Tim received a BA from the University of Louisville where he studied Accounting and Finance.


strong>Carla Hudson Office Manager
Carla manages daily office operations for EFM. Prior to joining, she worked as an office manager at a planning and landscape architecture firm. Carla earned her B.A. from the University of Washington and is a LEED Accredited Professional.


Rudy Murgo Director of Investment Analysis
Rudy joined Ecotrust Forest Management to lead the execution of all financial planning and investment analysis functions. He has a decade of finance experience, ranging from investment analysis to investor reporting to risk management, with the majority of that time spent supporting renewable energy projects. Prior to joining EFM, Rudy worked for Fisher Investments as a Senior Analyst, Threshold Power as a Director of Investment Analysis, Acciona Energy North America as a Finance Manager and Iberdrola Renewables as a senior analyst. He has an MBA from the University of Portland and a BA in Biology from Carroll College. Rudy is also a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Portland.


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