Endowment Welcomes Pete Madden as President

Role brings deep forest sector expertise and experience; begins long-planned leadership transition

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Greenville, SC 

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 3, 2020)

Greenville, S.C. –  The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) today announced that Pete Madden will join the staff as President effective February 17.
“Our Board and Staff are excited to share with our partners and collaborators that Pete will be coming aboard,” said Endowment President and CEO Carlton Owen. “This decision is the culmination of more than two years of thoughtful and deliberate succession planning to ensure that the Endowment continues to advance its dual mission of keeping working forests as forests and advancing family-wage jobs in forest-rich, rural communities.”
Madden joins the Endowment with more than 30 years’ experience in the forest sector. He has held roles in land management, procurement, supply chain and logistics, and renewable energy within well-known and respected industry players including Westvaco, Georgia-Pacific, and Plum Creek. Most recently, he led Drax Biomass, Inc. as President and CEO. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marlboro College in Vermont and both a Master of Science in Forestry and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. 
Endowment Board Chairman Mark Emmerson (Chairman of California-based Sierra Pacific Industries) noted, “We are fortunate to have had consistent, stable, and visionary leadership since the Endowment’s creation in 2006 and are happy to report that Carlton Owen will continue as CEO for an extended period. In concert with the Board, Carlton has been the perfect leader for our formative years, having built a stellar staff and positioned the Endowment as the forest sector’s risk capital.  He is not only fully aligned with, but also is a prime mover in this decision to ensure a bright future for the Endowment by continuing to recruit 5-star players to the team.  We all – Board and Staff – agree that Pete has the experience and leadership skills to help advance our important mission.”
“I have watched the Endowment emerge as one of the most progressive and impactful players in the greater forest sector bridging academia, conservation, government at all levels, and industry,” said Madden. “I am excited to pursue the next chapter in my career with a lean organization that has accomplished such amazing results and to have the opportunity to join the outstanding Board and Staff in doing so.”
Madden will work out of the Endowment’s headquarters and plans to relocate his family to Greenville, South Carolina.

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For more information contact:
Carlton N. Owen
, President & CEO, 864-233-7646, carlton@usendowment.org
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities.

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