History

From a small group of volunteers
to a trusted state leader

For more than 25 years, our dedication to making our region healthy, vibrant and resilient has never wavered. Here’s our story.

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Awards

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
  • Land Trust Alliance Accreditation 2015
  • Planning Association of Washington Citizen Involvement Award 2014

Working Partners

We know one thing for certain: It takes a collective approach to keep this place special for generations to come. Here are some of our valued partners; not an exhaustive list by any means. We hope to keep forging partnerships.

Our People

We are native Washingtonians and transplants from near and far who backpack, beachcomb, sail and bike. We love live music, appreciate craft beer and adore our dogs. We are a family of eco-minded individuals who are passionate about doing work that protects this place and benefits us all.

Our Staff

We work out of offices in Seattle, Tacoma and Ellensburg. 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 come join our team.

  • Darcey Hughes

    Senior Project Manager, Real Estate Transactions

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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.

  • Aaron Toso

    Amazon

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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 Lauren Zondag.

 

North Sound
  • Andrew Albert Andrew's Hay Farm

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

  • Joe Sambataro Access Fund

  • Linda Neunzig, Chair Ninety Farms

  • Mark Beardslee Civic Leader

  • 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 Exit 133 | Seasonal View LLC | UW | 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 Senior Manager | BERH, Inc

  • 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 Major & Planned Gifts Director | Seattle Theatre Group

  • Brett Phillips Unico Properties

  • Craig Krueger Community Land Planning

  • Fred Koontz, Ph. D. Civic Leader

  • Janet Wall Civic Leader

  • Joe Inslee NOAA

  • Josh Chaitin Tin Can Strategies

  • Kevin Lynn McKinstry

  • Leda Chahim Sound Transit

  • Lisamari Emery Keller Williams

  • Nora Johnson Amazon

  • Rob McCorkindale Amazon

  • Ron Harris-White Antioch University

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

Forterra Enterprises Board

Forterra Enterprises, our for-profit subsidiary, pursues conservation and community development projects as an entrepreneurial investor, through joint ventures or contracts with the private sector.

The Board of Forterra Enterprises provides leadership and cutting-edge marketplace expertise to guide Forterra’s pursuit through its for-profit subsidiary, Forterra Enterprises, of conservation and community development projects.

Forterra Enterprises Board
  • Peter Orser, President Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies

  • Steve Ohlenkamp, Vice President & Treasurer The Communications Group

  • Rod Brown, Secretary Cascadia Law Group

  • Patrick Callahan Urban Renaissance Group

  • Hal Ferris Spectrum Development Solutions LLC

  • Tom Goeltz Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

  • Jim Reinhardsen Heartland LLC

  • Gary Young Shelter Holdings

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

  • Stanley Savage, Vice Chair President & CEO, The Commerce Bank of Washington

  • Gene Duvernoy, President President, Forterra

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

  • Teresita Batayola CEO, International Community Health Services

  • Dana Behar Owner, Discovery Bay Investments

  • Dow Constantine King County Executive

  • Maud Daudon President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

  • John Hempelmann Chairman, Cairncross & Hempelmann

  • Gerry Johnson Partner, Pacifica Law Group

  • De'Sean Quinn Councilmember, City of Tukwila

Careers

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!

INTERNSHIPS

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.

OPEN POSITIONS

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, commuter transportation program, employee assistance program, and discounted gym memberships. See Forterra’s Summary of Employee Benefits

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.