Robin Bellows supports New Forests’ forestry and carbon investments in the United States, primarily through forest analytics in project origination, development, and implementation. Robin’s skill set includes growth and yield modeling, linear programming and optimization, and biostatistics; her experience includes inventory and operations at a research forest, wilderness interpretation in Yosemite National Park, and research on forest climate resilience. Robin has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University and a Master of Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Michelle Buckles is part of New Forests’ investor services team and manages capital raising and the investor relations program for US investors and US investment products. Based in San Francisco, Michelle Buckles supports clients and prospective clients throughout the investment process from due diligence, to investment agreements, to reporting and administration. She also leads development and execution of the US fund marketing strategy. Michelle has extensive investment industry experience, including alternative asset business development, as well as six years developing sustainable agriculture impact investments in developing countries. Michelle earned a B.S. in Finance from the Kelley School at Indiana University, Bloomington, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
Thomas is responsible for the accounting and finance functions of New Forests’ US operations including oversight of funds accounting, financial reporting, and regulatory compliance. Thomas works closely with the US operational and corporate team to improve financial processes and systems with a view to scalability for future growth. Thomas also manages the relationships with New Forests’ advisors in the US who provide banking, audit, tax, and SEC advisory support. Thomas has over ten years of experience leading international commercial finance and accounting functions in the US, Europe, and Australia. He is an active member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology in Sydney.
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.
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.
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.