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 boards of the Climate Trust, Forest Trends, and the VCS Association.

Rudy Murgo Chief Financial Officer
Rudy joined Ecotrust Forest Management in 2013 as Director of Investment Analysis and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2015 and oversees all finance, accounting and administrative 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 Structured Finance Manager and Iberdrola Renewables as a Senior Structured Finance 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.

Amrita VK Vatsal 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.

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 Inventory Forester
Matt provides analytical and modeling support for current and future timberland under management. His responsibilities include timber inventory management, GIS, and growth and yield modeling as well as supporting property valuations and 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, 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.

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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