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 operations team for New Forests’ investments in the United States, with oversight of timberland and carbon operations. James works closely with third-party forest resource managers and investment vehicle boards, bringing an emphasis on operational efficiency, technical rigour, and value creation to his oversight of New Forests’ investments in the region. James has more than 20 years’ forest management and investment experience, across all aspects of the management of large, FSC-accredited forestry projects, including establishment, silviculture, harvesting, forest engineering, sustainability, 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 leads New Forests’ sustainability and corporate communications programs, bringing more than a decade’s experience in sustainable forestry and land use issues to her passion for contributing to environmental and social solutions through responsible forestry investment. She has oversight for the company’s corporate sustainability, responsible investment, and impact initiatives, and represents New Forests in key external engagements and investment groups. 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.
Robert Hagler leads investor relations for New Forests’ US strategies and clients. Bob has more 30 years of experience in all aspects of forestry and timberland investments. Prior to joining New Forests, Bob was Principal of ForestEdge, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor and timberland investment consultancy serving family offices and direct timberland investors. Over the past 20 years, he has held a range of senior positions including Head of Timberland Investment Strategy and International Portfolio Manager for both US and international timberland investments. Prior to that, Bob established and led Wood Resources International, an international forestry and forest product consulting practice that conducted research and projects in more than 70 countries around the world. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Resource Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Penn State University.
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 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 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. His experiences includes having performed timberlands valuations for hundreds of transactions and having built and managed complex timberland portfolio models. 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.
Amanda Naismith supports New Forests’ carbon and forestry investments in the United States. Amanda has a background in natural resource management combined with nearly 10 years of forest industry experience. She is responsible for the operational and strategic plans for timberland assets and takes a leading role in developing and improving environmental and social performance of assets in compliance with New Forests’ Social and Environmental Management System. Amanda was the Chair of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia Board of Directors in 2019 and previously represented the plantation industry throughout the development of the Australian National FSC Forest Management Standard. Amanda has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) from Charles Sturt University.
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.
Emily Simso contributes to New Forests’ corporate sustainability and responsible investment (RI) initiatives. Based in San Francisco, Emily works with New Forests’ teams globally to implement our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration practices in the investment process. She also supports New Forests’ responsible investment strategy, the administration and continual improvement of the Social and Environmental Management System (SEMS), and New Forests’ Sustainable Landscape Investment (SLI) framework and impact management. Emily’s prior experience includes working as the inaugural responsible investment associate for her university’s endowment, which she led to develop an RI Policy and commence an ESG approach appropriate to their needs. She recently completed internships in ESG with exposure across several asset classes, including a focus on emerging markets investments. Emily also has a background in environmental science and research. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola Marymount 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.
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.