Ecotrust Forests

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 fund which 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 board of Forest Trends.

Chris Sweeney, CPA Chief Operating Officer
Chris leads the day-to-day operations of the Management Company and its Funds including finance, accounting, tax, valuation, financial reporting, investor reporting, compliance and office operations. He has 30 years of experience in the financial services and investment industry most recently as Chief Operating Officer at Prime Buchholz, an institutional investment advisor headquartered in the greater Boston area. Prior to Prime Buchholz, Chris served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of World Learning, Inc., a global education organization, and held several executive roles at State Street Global Advisors and State Street Corporation. Chris started his career in the Boston office of KPMG as a Manager in the banking and capital markets audit practice. Chris has an MBA from Boston University and a BA from the University of Vermont.


Amrita VK Vatsal Managing Director, Business Development
Amrita joined EFM in 2011 and is a member of EFM’s management team. In this role she shapes the company’s growth and impact investment strategies managing new product development, investor recruitment, and strategic projects. She oversees the company’s communications, investor reporting, and impact monitoring program. As a member of EFM’s investment team Amrita also contributes to property sourcing, transaction structuring, conservation finance, and carbon project development. Prior to EFM, Amrita was an Assistant Manager with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Singapore where she spent 8 years sampling Chinese-Malay vegetarian food. She cultivated a passion for financing the growth of environmental business while working for Piper Jaffray’s clean-tech banking group and consulting for cook stove entrepreneurs in West Africa. Her love for forests began during a stint in Indonesia developing a carbon project on 200,000 hectares of pristine tropical peat forest. 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 co-authored the book Evolutions in Sustainable Investing Strategies.

Dave Powers Conservation Director
Dave has worked for over 30 years on forestry, conservation and water quality issues at the international, national, regional, and state levels. His jobs with EPA, OR DEQ, the Regional Ecosystem Office, National Park Service, and Forest Service included serving as the Forest Supervisor on Sequoia National Forest and as EPA’s Regional Manager for forests and rangelands. Dave’s experience has ranged from doing prescribed burns on Pinnacles National Monument to helping develop an aquatic conservation strategy for 24 million acres of federal lands. He also helped found and served as the first president of the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council in his home watershed. He has a M.S. in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University and a M.P.A. in Public Administration from George Washington University.

Darin Stringer Senior Forester
Darin brings over a 15 years of silviculture and restoration forestry systems expertise to EFM as the company’s Senior Forester. He has worked extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond to develop innovative forest management systems for clients ranging from local land trusts to the U.S Forest Service International Programs. He brings a wide range of forestry experience to EFM including forest inventory and cruising, alternative silvicultural systems, and restoration of declining and sensitive forestlands. Darin has an M.S. in Forest Ecology and Silviculture from Oregon State University and a B.S. from the University of Oregon in Political Science. Recently he has served as an advisor to a US AID funded project to restore the cedars of Lebanon.

Matt Kamp Manager, Forest Information Systems
Matt supports EFM by providing analytics and modeling for a full range of forestland investment and management activities. His responsibilities include acquisition valuation modeling, managing the annual property appraisal process, maintaining forest inventory, growth & yield, and GIS systems (FPS & ArcGIS) as well as supporting forest management planning. Matt has 15 years of experience in forestry, forest management, and forest analyses through his previous work for a large TIMO and a small forestry consulting firm. He holds a Masters of Forestry from Virginia Tech and a B.S. from the University of Idaho. Matt is a member of the Society of American Foresters and The Nature Conservancy.

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.

Carla Hudson Stakeholder Relations and Communications Manager
Carla focuses on communicating EFM’s activities and impact for external stakeholders. She produces accurate and effective reporting and communications and also works closely with team members to support the organization’s conservation, NMTC, and investor relations activities. She has over seven years of communications experience, ranging from preparing targeted presentations for small design non-profits to deliverables for an international planning firm in Seattle. She holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and is a LEED accredited professional.

Paloma Caskey Office Manager
Paloma manages day-to-day office operations and provides special projects support for EFM. Prior to joining EFM in 2015, Paloma worked in the construction and real estate industries. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan — Ann Arbor.

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