NEW MEMBERS ADDED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS; OFFICERS ELECTED

New Members Added to Board of Directors; Officers Elected

Adrian Blocker and Soile Kilpi Join Endowment Board

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

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 8, 2019)

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) announced today the election of Board members and officers for 2020 at the organization’s semi-annual meeting held this week in Houston, TX. The Board welcomes Adrian Blocker from Weyerhaeuser Company and Soile Kilpi from Pöyry Consulting to serve three-year terms.

Adrian M. Blocker is Senior Vice President, Timberlands, at Weyerhaeuser. Adrian joined the company in May 2013 as Vice President, Lumber. Throughout his career in the industry, he has held numerous leadership positions at Wood Products Council, West Fraser, International Paper, and Champion International, focusing on wood products manufacturing, forest management, fiber procurement, consumer packaging, strategic planning, and business development. Adrian holds an MBA and a B.S. in Forestry from Mississippi State University.

Soile Kilpi is Director with Pöyry Management Consulting and leads its North America consulting business out of New York, NY. She has over 25 years of experience in advising clients related to strategic planning, growth, operations, and technology. She works with industry, private equity, and government clients and supervises projects related to a wide variety of products from raw materials to converted end products.  As part of her work, she helps executives and boards to define sustainable futures for their businesses. Soile holds an MSc in Business Economics from Aalto University’s School of Economics in Finland.

Mark Emmerson, of Redding, CA, was elected as Chairman for a two-year term, replacing Colin Moseley of Seattle, WA. The Board and staff recognized the outstanding service by Colin and look forward to his continued guidance and wisdom throughout 2020 as past-Chair. Jim Hoolihan of Grand Rapids, MN, was elected Vice-Chair, and Kevin Schuyler of Charlottesville, VA, was re-elected Treasurer. In addition, the Board and staff expressed appreciation to and celebrated the contribution of outgoing member Judith Stockdale, Chicago, IL, as she completed her term.

“We are so fortunate to be guided by a diverse and profoundly experienced volunteer Board of Directors, unmatched in depth and breadth of relevant experience and commitment,” said Endowment President and CEO Carlton Owen. “For 2020, we are in excellent hands. With Mark Emmerson at the helm, and newly-elected Adrian Blocker and Soile Kilpi on board, we look forward to continuing to do great work in support of forests and forest-rich communities.”

For a complete list of Endowment Board members, please go to www.usendowment.org/who-we-are/board-of-directors/

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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 – www.usendowment.org

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