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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-292-5907.