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 47 member companies that own and manage more than 45 million acres of private working forests and 29 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.
Phone (202) 747-0741
Jane Alonso is Vice President for Government Relations. A respected and effective advocate on Capitol Hill with a demonstrated record of achievement, she leads NAFO’s government affairs program to ensure that private landowner interests are heard by policymakers in the legislative and executive branches.
Jane brings over 15 years of results-oriented legislative experience to NAFO. From 2009-2015, she was a principle with Monument Policy Group where she worked closely with the timber and forest products industry, as well as a variety of business and non-profit interests. She formerly served as a staffer on Capitol Hill for 10 years including as Legislative Director for Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
Jane received a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches a course on lobbying and government relations.
Phone (202) 747-0742
Chip Murray is Vice President for Policy and General Counsel. He 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 & 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.
Phone (202) 747-0756
Kate Gatto is Vice President of Communications. She leads NAFO’s advocacy communications, working to provide a voice inside the Beltway for the private families, businesses and organizations that own and manage forestland across the country. A member of the forestry community herself, Kate knows from her own family experience that it takes a clear vision, a significant investment, and a lot of love and patience to grow a tree.
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.
With roots in Mississippi, where her family owns a small tree operation, Kate holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.
Phone (202) 747-0751
Mary Grace Schley serves as NAFO’s Director for Government Relations. Joining the team in 2017 after two years working on Capitol Hill, her keen policy perspective and first-hand experience through her family’s Maine timber business make her uniquely positioned to provide a voice for private forest owners in Washington. In addition to offering thoughtful analysis and insight, she manages the organization’s day-to-day advocacy and engagement with Congressional offices.
Prior to NAFO, Mary Grace worked for Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on issues related to energy, environment and natural resources.
Mary Grace graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French.
Phone (202) 747-0750
Melissa Feld is NAFO’s Operations Director. She oversees day-to-day operations to ensure the fiscal health of the association and that members and staff have the tools to achieve our organizational goals. Advocacy support has been the core of Melissa’s career from her early days working as a Political Action Committee (PAC) Treasurer and CFO for former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) and leading fundraising efforts for large corporate PACs.
A veteran of the U.S. Senate, Melissa served as a senior staff member for three leading senators, including two committee chairmen. As Director of Administration in each office, Melissa managed dozens of staff and oversaw multi-million dollar budgets.
Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Government from The Johns Hopkins University.
Phone (202) 747-0746
Ethan started his career running a sawmill and teaching 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 comes 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.