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Derik is the president of Forest Stewardship Council US, bringing decades of business experience and a lifelong passion for helping advance Indigenous culture. Derik has spent much of his career at Sealaska, the Native Corporation for Southeast Alaska. He founded Sealaska Environmental Services, growing the organization over 11 years to 110 employees with contracts valued at more than $1.3 billion. Most recently, Derik served as Sealaska’s vice president, leading corporate communications, shareholder services and education, and workforce development. During this time, Derik helped develop a 165,000-acre forest carbon bank that generated 9.3 million tons of carbon credits. Derik’s Tsm'syen name is Sigwinii’tsn Gayna, which translates into "Shows the path.” His family is from the village of Gitlaan, which means People of the Stern Canoe. His pteex (clan) is Gispwudwada (main crests are the killer whale and grizzly bear) and waap (house) is the House of Niiuks. Derik is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources. He lives in Seattle with his wife Nicole and their dog Jacques.
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.
Senior Marketing Manager
Maggie Abel is working for FSC US as the Senior 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 Senior Marketing Manager, Maggie was a Program Assistant 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.
Senior Manager for Forest Management Certification Markets
Tom joined FSC US in late 2021 as the Senior Manager for Forest Management Certification Markets. In this role, Tom will build close relationships with current FSC US forest management certificate holders to discover their opportunities and challenges. Tom will also help to develop FSC US’s long-term strategy to expand the US FM certification. During his career Tom has worked as a land management forester for both public and private forestland owners as well as in wood procurement across the United States. Tom is a member of the Society of American Foresters and an SAF Certified Forester. Before joining FSC US, he worked for Domtar Paper Company as a procurement forester at the Kingsport, TN papermill. Tom is a graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, California where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Master of Science in Natural Resources.
Chain of Custody and Trademark Senior Manager
Jenna joined FSC US in late 2021 after eight years as an auditor and Chain of Custody (COC) Specialist for a Certification Body that managed forestry and agriculture certifications along with developing tailored sustainability services.
Her role is to ensure accurate and consistent implementation of the FSC COC, Trademark, and associated policies and standards in the US as a subject matter expert in FSC Chain of Custody and Trademarks. She assists certificate holders and trademark license holders, administers FSC US’s Trademark License Program, and works with certification bodies to ensure consistent and effective auditing of COC certificate holders. Additionally, she works with FSC International to develop and improve COC, Trademarks, and other associated standards and systems.
Prior to joining FSC she worked as a consultant and environmental compliance auditor, spent many years working for international non-governmental organizations and various non-profits, focusing on resource mapping, conservation, science education, and disaster adaptation/mitigation. Additionally, she spent nearly five years as a biologist and manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
She has a B.A. in biology from Western Colorado University and a M.A. in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.