Lydia Allen works supports the administration and operations of New Forests’ US business. She coordinates and leads both day-to-day office operations and long-term projects to improve functionality and support growth. She also supports financial administration for New Forests’ office and investments in the US. Lydia has extensive experience in front of house operations for hospitality, event management, training/certification coordination, EHS support, and executive support. She has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from the McLaren School of Management at University of San Francisco.
James Bullen leads the operational management of New Forests’ investments in the United States, with oversight of timberland and carbon operations. In this role, James works closely with property managers and brings an emphasis on operational efficiency and technical rigour to his oversight of New Forests’ investments in the region. James has more than 20 years’ forest management and investment experience, including all aspects of the technical management of large, FSC-accredited forestry projects, including establishment, silviculture, harvesting, forest engineering, and marketing. James joined New Forests in 2008 and previously managed operations for the company’s investments and funds in Australia-New Zealand and Southeast Asia. His diverse experience includes forestry operations and management roles in Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Australia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, the United Kingdom, and the US. James has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
MaryKate Bullen is part of New Forests’ investor services team and leads the company’s sustainability and corporate communications programs. This includes strategic planning and implementation of corporate sustainability and responsible investment initiatives, as well as oversight of the company’s Social and Environmental Management System and its implementation at the corporate and fund levels. MaryKate also leads corporate communications and media relations across New Forests globally. MaryKate joined New Forests in 2008, originally in the company’s advisory services team and also previously developed and managed New Forests’ corporate research program, producing policy analyses and market outlooks on key features of the timberland and environmental markets asset classes. MaryKate has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropological Sciences (Honors) with a specialisation in Population and Environment and a Master of the Arts in Latin American Studies from Stanford University.
Ed Coulter is responsible for the coordination of biological and financial analytics supporting the acquisition and operation of forest and carbon assets for New Forests’ investments in the US. He contributes to investment and management decisions with biological, financial, and strategic analysis. Previously, Ed worked for a timber company developing strategies and appraisals for timberland acquisitions and dispositions and developing long-term and operational plans for forest management. He has also worked in timberland investment, consulting, and for the US Forest Service, giving him diverse analytical experience integrating silviculture, finance, and forestry operations. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in forest management from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in forest economics from North Carolina State University, Raleigh.
Eric Lewis-Clark supports New Forests’ forestry and carbon investments in the United States, primarily related to acquisitions and operations through spatial and quantitative modelling of forestry and carbon assets. Eric has experience in using LiDAR and other forms of aerial imagery for calculating forest biometrics and performing statistical analysis as well as field operations for carbon project development. Eric joined New Forests in 2018 after having supported field operations on New Forests’ carbon projects in Alaska in 2017. He previously worked as an analytical chemist before transitioning to science-driven analytics in the forest sector. Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Binghamton University (SUNY) and a Master of Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University.
Jonathan Loevner leads acquisitions for New Forests US’ timberland asset management and forest carbon offset project finance strategies. His responsibilities include investment strategy, deal origination, due diligence, transaction structuring, counterparty negotiation, and transaction closing. Jonathan also manages the sale of forest carbon offset credits. Prior to joining New Forests, Jonathan served in various roles in the acquisition and divestiture group at the Weyerhaeuser Company, including as a transaction manager and valuations analyst. He performed timberlands valuations for hundreds of transactions and built a portfolio model covering the entirety of the company’s 13 million acre portfolio. Before launching his career in timberland investing, Jonathan served as a natural resource and finance policy advisor to a member of the US Congress. He holds a Master of Forestry and Master of Business Administration from Yale University, where he was a Wyss Conservation Scholar, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American History from Carleton College. Jonathan is a member of the Forest Stewards Guild.
Simba Ndemera is responsible for the accounting and finance functions of New Forests’ US business, including oversight of funds accounting, financial reporting, and regulatory compliance. Simba works closely with the US operational and corporate teams to improve financial processes and systems with a view toward scalability for future growth. Simba also manages the relationships with New Forests’ vendors who provide banking, audit, tax, and SEC advisory support. Simba has over 20 years of experience leading international corporate finance and accounting functions in the US, Europe, Oceania, and Africa. He has a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree from the University of South Africa.
Brian Shillinglaw leads New Forests’ US timberland and environmental market investment strategies. Brian’s expertise includes real assets and environmental market fund management, with a focus on the use of conservation finance techniques in real assets investment. His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from Harvard University, a JD from Stanford Law School, a Master of Science from the Interdisciplinary Program on Environment and Resources at Stanford University, and doctoral research in historical ecology at Yale University.
Janet So is responsible for the development and maintenance of bid and portfolio models for acquisitions and assets under management in the United States. Her work guides fund product cash management, supports asset valuation, and provides financial and strategic perspectives on investments, business strategies, and fund structures. Janet has over 10 years of experience in asset management, with more than six years in equity research focusing on listed equity financial modelling and valuation analysis. She has also worked on financing in the solar industry with experience in investor reporting, solar asset modeling, and tax-equity structures. Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a California Certified Public Accountant as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.
Peter Tittmann supports timberland asset acquisition using geospatial analysis and data science. Peter has 15 years of experience developing and deploying geospatial tools and analysis in the forestry, energy, and water sectors, with a broad range of expertise in forestry including inventory, growth and yield modelling, harvesting/management operations, and ecological restoration. His doctoral work in Geography at the University of California, Davis employed aerial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) in the task of individual tree detection and measurement. He comes to New Forests from the Center for Forestry at UC Berkeley where he managed a program focused on wood products and bioenergy development and also supported the development of the Forest Climate Action Plan, a multi-agency initiative to establish contributions of the California’s forest sector to climate policy goals. Peter has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Davis.
Mikela is a member of New Forests’ Investor Services team and is based in the San Francisco office. She supports New Forests’ corporate sustainability programs, including managing the administration of the company’s Sustainability Working Group and supporting the ongoing corporate activities of the New Forests Social and Environmental Management System (SEMS). She also uses her research and data management background to support continual improvement in New Forests’ impact management activities and SEMS implementation. Mikela also assists with the strategic planning of the corporate communications program and sustainability reporting. Mikela has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
Emily Warms supports New Forests’ carbon and forestry investments in the United States. She is primarily responsible for the development of forest carbon projects for the California carbon market and is involved in all aspects of project origination, design, implementation, and credit sales. Emily’s background is in forest ecology, carbon accounting, and climate policy. Her experience includes managing the forest program of a national carbon registry, where she served as the technical and programmatic lead for forest carbon projects under California’s compliance program. Emily has also worked at leading regional and national non-profits in roles specialising on carbon accounting and forest policy issues. She has conducted research on a variety of topics, including carbon markets, forest management, and restoration. Emily is a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Environmental Studies from Williams College and a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Forestry from the University of Vermont.
Mike Witkiewicz is responsible for the accounting and finance functions of New Forests’ US operations including fund accounting, financial reporting, and accounting and financial process improvement to support the growth of New Forests’ US business. He also manages relationships with New Forests’ advisors in the US that provide banking, audit, tax, and SEC advisory support. Michael has over four years of industry experience with a background in external auditing, ERP consulting, and fund accounting and financial reporting. He is an active California CPA and holds a Masters of Accounting from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Accounting from Villanova University.