Our Mission


We gather and live on the plains, plateaus, mountains, and coastal lands that have been home to indigenous peoples since time immemorial. We respect their indigenous and tribal treaty rights, and honor their culture today.

Forterra drives land-based solutions in Washington to support a healthy environment and resilient communities for all.

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Looking up to the tree canopy on Mailbox Peak
Photo by Carrie Hawthorne


Our People

A team dedicated to the people and places of the Pacific Northwest.

We are a collection of diverse individuals who are passionate about conserving the places that benefit us all.


Our Staff

We work out of offices in Seattle and Tacoma. But you’re just as likely to find us in Olympia, in communities across the region, in our forested lands and along our shorelines. Read more about us here and learn how you can join our team.

  • Eli Tome

    Director of Riparian Restoration

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Our Board

Our board includes leaders in design, real estate, public policy, the environment, finance, farming, business, communications and retail. Our members bring decades of experience to our non-profit and share our vision for making this region a sustainable place.

  • Allan Steinman

    Treasurer, Bader Martin

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Regional Leadership Council

Forterra’s Regional Leaders support us by raising awareness of our work in five geographic regions: North Sound, South Sound, Central Sound, Olympic Peninsula and Central Washington. If you are interested in becoming a Regional Leader, please contact Forterra.

North Sound
  • Andrew Albert Andrew's Hay Farm

  • Dylan M. LeValley Adams & Duncan, Inc., P.S.

  • Linda Neunzig, Chair Ninety Farms

  • Dr. Taso G. Lagos Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

South Sound
  • Aaron Toso, Co-Chair Amazon

  • Ali Modarres, Ph.D. UW Tacoma, Urban Studies

  • Christine Cooley Pierce Conservation District

  • Derek Young Amazon

  • Dorian Waller City of Tacoma Planning Commissioner

  • Emily Hall Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma

  • Heather Rawley ForeverGreen Trails

  • Herb Stumpf Civic Leader

  • Justin Camarata Gratafy

  • Laure C Nichols Civic Leader

  • Meredith Neal MRF Construction, Inc.

  • Ryan Dicks Pierce County Sustainability Manager

  • Ryan Mello Pierce Conservation District

Central Sound
  • Alanna Peterson Pacifica Law Group

  • Anna Bryant Culp Major & Planned Gifts Director | Seattle Theatre Group

  • Brett Phillips Unico Properties

  • Craig Krueger Community Land Planning

  • Janet Wall Civic Leader

  • Joe Impecoven REI

  • Joe Inslee King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

  • Josh Chaitin Global Strategy Group

  • Kevin Lynn McKinstry

  • Leda Chahim Sound Transit

  • Nora Johnson Amazon

  • Rob McCorkindale Amazon

  • Holly Beale Microsoft

  • Simone Barley-Greenfield Triangle Associates

  • Tom O’Keefe, Ph. D., Chair American Whitewater

Forterra Strong Communities Fund Board

Forterra launched the Forterra Strong Communities Fund in 2016—a tool to accelerate the strengthening of our communities by pooling, leveraging and directing social investment capital.

Forterra Strong Communities Fund Board
  • Maggie Walker, Chair Civic Leader

  • Michelle Connor, Board President President & CEO, Forterra

  • Joshua Anderson, Secretary/Treasurer COO, The Roseview Group

  • Teresita Batayola CEO, International Community Health Services

  • Dow Constantine King County Executive

  • Gene Duvernoy President, Forterra

  • John Hempelmann Chairman, Cairncross & Hempelmann

  • De'Sean Quinn Councilmember, City of Tukwila

  • Lyle Quasim Civic Leader

  • Kathi Littmann Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

  • Michael Brown Seattle Foundation

  • Nathan Every Frazier Healthcare Partners


We’re diligent about investing your donation wisely and effectively. We monitor and evaluate our programs and conduct regular financial audits. You trusted us with your support; we throw the door open and show you what we do with it.

Our Publications

We take pride in the strategic initiatives we’ve take on throughout Forterra’s history. Read those reports here.


We don’t work to get awards; we focus on the work that we know needs to get done. But yes, we’ll admit it does feel good when our people and our programs have been recognized.

  • Puget Sound Regional Council VISION 2040 Award 2015, Kitsap Forest & Bay Project
  • Sustainable Seattle Sustainability Leadership Awards 2015, Creative Solution
  • Planning Association of Washington Citizen Involvement Award 2014


Life is short. Do work that makes a difference.

Join the Forterra Team

Do you want to work with a group of smart, generous, like-minded folks who share your vision of a sustainable, livable region? Are you passionate about doing work that helps keep this place healthy and vibrant? Here are the positions and internships that we have open. If none are listed, we don’t have any—but check back often!


Forterra offers a variety of internships year-round, depending on program needs. Most internships last for 10 weeks, and require anywhere between 10 and 25 hours per week. All available internships will be listed on this page. If no internships are listed, that means we do not have any openings at the moment.

Employee Benefits

Forterra offers a great benefits package including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, 401k retirement savings, flexible spending account, life insurance, disability coverage, and employee assistance program.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Forterra is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or any other class protected by law. Assistance and/or reasonable accommodations during the application process are available to individuals with disabilities upon request. No applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request. To request assistance or accommodation, please contact the HR Specialist at jobs@forterra.org or 206-292-5907.