Staff

David P. Tenny


Title President and CEO


Phone (202) 747-0739



Dave Tenny is the founding President and CEO of NAFO.  Under his leadership, NAFO has grown from 14 initial members in 2008 to 49 member companies that own and manage more than 46 million acres of private working forests and 34 state and national associations that represent tens of millions of additional acres.  Dave’s passion for building trust and pursuing solutions-based advocacy has helped NAFO become a leading national advocate for the economic, environmental and social benefits of America’s sustainably managed private forests.

Dave previously served as Vice President for Forestry and Wood Products for the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) and as Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the United States Department of Agriculture where he had responsibility for the U.S. Forest Service.  He got his start in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served as Counsel and Natural Resources Policy Advisor for the House Committee on Agriculture and as Counsel for U.S. Representative Wally Herger of California.

A native of Boise, Idaho, he earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and a law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Kate Gatto


Title Chief Strategy Officer


Phone (202) 747-0756



Kate Gatto is NAFO’s Chief Strategy Officer. She drives the strategic direction of the organization to advance its vision, mission, goals and objectives, ensuring alignment within the organization and pursing external opportunities for engagement through partnerships, coalitions and alliances.

A member of the forestry community herself, Kate’s family owns a small working tree farm in Mississippi.  Kate knows from her own generational experience that it takes long-term vision, a significant investment, and a lot of love and patience to grow trees.

Kate joined NAFO in 2017 from Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where she spent more than 10 years leading national advocacy and reputation building campaigns for a variety of organizations, campaigns and businesses.

Kate holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi.  She also earned her Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Chip Murray


Title Senior Counselor


Phone (202) 747-0742



Chip Murray is NAFO’s Senior Counselor. Chip joined NAFO in 2010 and is recognized as a leading attorney representing forestland owners and the forest products industry. Prior to NAFO, he served as Deputy General Counsel and Executive Director-Forestry for the American Forest and Paper Association and also with the Association’s predecessors since 1989. During this time, Murray managed key forestry programs related to the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act. He established the forestry litigation program related to management of both private and federal forestland.

Chip formerly held the position of Assistant Solicitor for Onshore Minerals in the U.S. Department of the Interior, preceded by service as a Staff Attorney in the Interior Office of the Solicitor and Interior Board of Land Appeals.

He is a past chair of the Forest Resources Committee, American Bar Association. He earned both his J.D. and A.B. degrees from Georgetown University.

Ethan Breitling


Title Vice President for Communications and Creative


Phone (202) 747-0746



Ethan Breitling is NAFO’s Vice President for Communications and Creative. Ethan started his career running a sawmill and teaching forestry and ecology at a 100-year-old Boy Scout summer camp in the Adirondack Park.  The camp owned and operated its own working forest, which not only taught him about forest management, but also taught him the foundations of strategic communications – convincing 11-year-old boys that the Forestry Merit Badge is exciting.

Here in Washington, Ethan has made his career developing strategic fundraising communications campaigns for local, state, and federal races. Ethan previously served as NAFO’s Communications and Creative Director. He came to NAFO from Bay Armoury Consulting, where he managed multiple fundraising communications operations focused on supporting moderation in politics. Ethan earned his degree in Political Science at Western Connecticut State University and studied Foreign Policy at American University.

Anne Clawson


Title Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs


Phone (202) 747-0741



Anne Clawson is Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Anne leads NAFO’s policy development to ensure that private landowners are proactive in ensuring sustainable working forests thrive for generations to come.

Hailing from the concrete jungle of Chicagoland, Anne remains entranced by trees and feels fortunate to work on forestry and climate issues. Anne joined NAFO in 2020 as Vice President for Government Relations. In this role, she ensured private landowner interests were heard by policymakers in the legislative and executive branches. She previously served as Director, Strategy & Program Coordination, in Alcoa’s Government Affairs and Sustainability group where she represented Alcoa on issues including sustainability, climate, and trade. Before her time at Alcoa, Anne worked in a variety of policy and analysis roles focused primarily on energy and natural resources issues at the federal level.

Anne sits on the Advisory Council of the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University and was a board member of the Aluminum Association’s Political Action Committee. Anne has a M.A. from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. She is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to Germany and has lived in Germany, Austria and France.

Jonathan Tyree


Title Vice President for Operations


Phone (202) 747-0753



Jonathan Tyree is NAFO’s Vice President for Operations. He leads all aspects of NAFO’s operations, including financial stewardship, human resources, information technology, membership management, governance, internal data management, and coordination across all workstreams and competencies.

Born and raised in Indiana, Jonathan was more familiar with cornfields than forests, but has found his home in the forest sector here in Washington. He first came to NAFO in 2018 and has previously served as the Membership Manager and the Operations Director. Prior to joining NAFO, Jonathan spent three years at the Association of Consulting Foresters, where he managed all aspects of the member experience and directed their communications. An accomplished public speaker, Jonathan spent 11 years competing in speech and debate competitions around the world. He graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Politics.

JJ Manser


Title Director of Government Relations and State Outreach


Phone (202) 747-0751



J.J. Manser serves as NAFO’s Director of Government Relations and State Outreach. J.J. has a proven track record in building strong relationships with federal, state, and local stakeholders to align and achieve favorable policy outcomes for working forests. Prior to joining NAFO, he worked at CMS Energy, where he focused on advancing appropriations, biomass, renewable energy, and environmental policy. During his time at CMS, J.J. mobilized state and local community action agencies to advocate for increased federal funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

J.J. was born and raised in Michigan, and like all Michiganders, J.J. would be happy to show you where he’s from if you hold up your hand.

J.J. speaks Arabic and has worked and studied in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Jordan. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Grand Valley State University.

Kristin Sleeper


Title Director of Policy and Research


Phone (202) 936-6737



As Director of Policy and Research, Kristin supports NAFO’s work advancing federal policies and regulatory strategies and leads the collection and use of data, information, and analysis to position private working forests as a policy solution. She brings a deep passion for forests. Kristin comes to NAFO from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. There, she played a leading role in advancing sustainable forest management and wildland fire policy for the state. Her team created an ambitious 10-year plan to increase the pace and scale of sustainable forest management to reduce wildfire risk and improve forest health across ownership boundaries. Previously, Kristin has worked in various forest policy roles at the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service.

A novice hockey player, Kristin always enjoys letting her teammates know that their wooden hockey sticks are renewable and sustainable forest products. A native of Detroit, Michigan, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology & Zoology from Michigan State University. She then earned a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Montana.