Nancy Gilliam, PhD
Nancy Gilliam founded the Model Forest Policy Program in 2000 due to proliferation of chip mills in the south and lack of forest policy. Since then, she has helped over 5,000 landowners implement sustainable forestry practices. In addition to initiating the Virginia General Assembly’s study of forest health, Dr. Gilliam has worked with state and local government officials in VA, TN, ID, and WA guiding model forest policy development and education. As Executive Director of MFPP, Dr. Gilliam has led the development of Climate Solutions University from inception to reality. ngilliam at mfpp dot org | 509-432-8679
Dr. Gwen Griffith
Gwen Griffith, DVM, MS wears several hats in her pursuit of health and ecological integrity at the landscape scale. Based in Nashville, TN she is program director with the Cumberland River Compact, a regional watershed organization focused on enhancing the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries in TN and KY. Her program work there focuses on green infrastructure, low impact development, green building, and stormwater management. In 2008, recognizing the serious impacts of our changing climate on water resources, the Compact partnered with the Model Forest Policy Program to create the Climate Solutions University Program (CSU). Since 2010 Gwen has served as the CSU curriculum director who manages delivery of the 11-month distance learning curriculum for climate adaptation planning for 5-6 communities each year. She oversees a nationwide team of educators and consultants who guide community leaders through the process of climate risk assessment and adaptation planning. The CSU outcomes are aimed at benefiting natural resources of rural communities and their downstream urban populations who depend on upstream forested watersheds for their ecosystem services. Gwen’s background in conservation and environmental health includes serving as executive director of the Tennessee Environmental Council and completing science fellowships with the U.S. Senate Environment Committee and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Gwen had a career in veterinary medicine before shifting her focus to conservation and ecosystem health. She earned a DVM from Auburn University and a Master’s in Large Animal Medicine from Texas A&M University. She has worked in private veterinary practice and as assistant professor in equine medicine with Iowa State University. Now she combines her expertise in health and medicine with her experience in conservation and watershed stewardship and applies them to the broad goal of integrating human health, animal health, and ecosystem health, known as the “one health” concept. Conversations on how to advance “one health” for all are always welcome. gwen.griffith at cumberlandrivercompact dot com
Margaret Hall, MPA
As Associate Director, Margaret Hall oversees MFPP’s daily finances and assists with the organization’s overall management and provides (regional) project specific oversight.
Her background includes working, since 1987, on finding long-term solutions in community development in rural and urban areas in the Inland Northwest. She has worked on both single and multi-family, green affordable housing projects in Spokane, WA; coordinated conferences/ workshops focused on community-based agriculture, rural cultural tourism, and small business opportunities; and overseen a recycled glass project at the local business incubator.
Margaret received an M.P.A from the University of Washington, during which time she also worked for the S.E.C. She holds a B.A. in French/ Finance from the University of Idaho. From 2005 to fall 2016, she served on her county’s Planning & Zoning Commission; in May 2015, was elected to the local School Board; and finally, is a long-time member of the local Search and Rescue Team.
Alyx is a community organizer, ecosystem economist, and rural conservation specialist who has spent more than seventeen years facilitating triple-bottom-line approaches to rural conservation and development in the Southeast U.S. Her focus is on creating community-based solutions for conserving natural resources while improving the livelihoods of rural families. Alyx has diverse experience providing support to landowners, businesses, and rural communities working to cultivate farm and forest enterprises that protect ecosystems, enhance local economies, and preserve the South’s land-based heritage. Alyx received a B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University. alyx at mfpp dot org
Model Forest Policy Program works with Convene, LLC to recruit communities for Climate Solutions University: Forest & Water Strategies, and for marketing and communications. Josh Dye is the President & Founder of Convene, LLC. josh at mfpp dot org – 612-481-8059
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