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Francois Dufresne is currently serving as interim president of FSC US until a new permanent president is in place.
A recognized leader in the forestry sector and visionary, Mr. Dufresne has been President of FSC Canada since 2012. He holds a forestry engineering degree from Laval University and an MBA.
Mr. Dufresne has 35 years of experience in the public and private sectors where he has a proven track record in the field of financing and investment and he has in-depth knowledge of the forest industry, both at the corporate and operational level. In his duties at SGF (Société générale de financement du Québec), he played a leading role in sustainable development initiatives relating to major expenditures in forest management, forest certification and the First Nations of Canada.
Through its contribution and vision, FSC Canada continues to exert its influence and leadership in the forest certification industry, promoting higher standards for responsible management of Canadian forests.
Chief Marketing Officer
Chris leads Forest Stewardship Council US’s marketing and business development efforts, having helped corporations make the most of sales and marketing opportunities and challenges for more than 20 years. Prior to joining FSC, Chris led U.S. marketing and sales at Aimia, a leading global loyalty marketing solutions provider; at Wunderman, a WPP agency, providing strategic services to Best Buy and Coca-Cola; at Gage, serving Fortune 500 clients including Microsoft, Walmart, Dell, and 3M; and at Target, providing marketing strategy and management consulting services. Chris holds Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Director of Science and Certification
Amy joined the Forest Stewardship Council US in 2016 as the Director of Science and Certification. In this role she leads the FSC team dedicated to development and application of FSC policies and standards in the United States, including the FSC US Forest Management Standard and FSC Controlled Wood US National Risk Assessment. Amy spent much of the previous 19 years collaborating with government and non-government partners to develop and implement landscape-scale conservation and management plans within managed forests. Prior to joining FSC, Amy served as Biodiversity and Conservation Program Leader for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (MDNR) Forest Resources Division, where one of her primary responsibilities was working to ensure that the MDNR maintained FSC forest management certification for 4 Million acres of state-administered forest lands. Amy is a graduate of Amherst College and earned her M.S. in Wildlife Science at the University of Washington-Seattle’s College of Forest Resources.
Director of Finance
Bryce Denton joined the Forest Stewardship Council US as Director of Finance in 2008, where he oversees organizational finance. From the monthly reporting and forecasting to the annual audit and compliance, Bryce helps ensure that FSC-US’ finances are in order for both current and future donors. For the past 10 years Bryce has worked with nonprofits in both the public and private accounting sector. He has a B.A. in Accounting and an M.B.A from Dominican University.
Director of Communications
Brad Kahn joined Forest Stewardship Council US as communications director in 2010, where he manages organizational communications and outreach. From the media relations and policy translation to green building and research focused on the forest carbon benefits of FSC practices, Brad helps communicate FSC’s impacts to a wide array of audiences. For the past 20 years Brad has worked in communications, serving nonprofit organizations focused on environmental issues. He has a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in economics from Brown.
US Pacific West Regional Manager
As US Pacific West Regional Manager, Aubrey leads FSC US’s efforts to grow supply and demand for sawn timber for construction and furniture, and to grow FSC supply chains for construction projects in Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Aubrey also supports strategic corporate accounts, organizes regional meetings and assists with fundraising. She works to build stronger relationships with Native American tribes and First Nations, supports FSC growth in biomass, corrugated cardboard, advanced cellulose, and paper and packaging. Aubrey comes to FSC with an extensive background in sustainability consulting, professional sport, media, and advocacy. She developed the first Corporate Social Responsibility report in golf, and has advised companies on how to implement sustainability, developing strategy and initiatives that deliver social, environmental and economic impact. Aubrey has a B.S. in Psychology and an M.B.A in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.
Policy and Standards Manager
Justin joined FSC in 2019 as the Senior Policy and Standards Manager. Justin has spent the previous eight years working across the forest ownership spectrum in government, non-industrial private, and industrial capacities. His experience is grounded in forestry consulting, where he offered silvicultural and tax law assistance to non-industrial private forest owners as a small business owner. Most recently Justin held the position of forest analyst for a consulting firm servicing industrial forest clients. Justin is a graduate of the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities where he also earned a Masters of Science in Natural Resource Economics in 2018.
Maggie Abel is working for FSC US as the Marketing Manager. She helps execute and support various marketing and business development efforts including digital marketing, trademark license management, and event logistics and planning. Prior to becoming the Marketing Manager, Maggie was a Program Assistant intern and then a Program Manager at FSC US where she served as liaison to the Board of Directors, managed the the FSC US membership program, and acted as office manager. Maggie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 with a BBA in Marketing and a Certificate in Digital Studies. As a Minnesota native, she loves spending time outdoors with friends and family.