Behind the Forest

We’re a unique mix of foresters, scientists, technology experts, and creative communicators. We’re brought together by a shared commitment to help solve climate change and leave behind a living planet for the next generation.


Yishan Wong
Founder & CEO
Engineer and climate activist. Specializes in rapid growth tech impact. Ex-engineer at PayPal, Facebook. Ex-CEO of Reddit.
Damien Kuhn
VP of Forestry Partnerships & Development
Working for a better world for both nature and human beings. Former UN forest/climate expert and COO of Kinomé.
Ethan Cary
VP of Product Development
Leads construction and deployment of on-site forest tech. Ex-engineer at Matterport, PayPal, and eBay.
Yee Lee
VP of Growth & Capital Markets
Engineer and product designer. Ex-Facebook, Google, TaskRabbit, Skype, and PayPal.
Berry Kennedy
VP of Operations
Turns insight into action. Delivering great experiences and results for forest creators and partners. Ex-Built, Uber,, eco-ag farmer.
Jonathan Kim
VP of Climate Impact
Helps people achieve their climate goals. Tech entrepreneur, storyteller, and Hawaiʻi kamaʻāina.
Prem Lalvani
Chief Financial Officer
Focused on carbonomics, the economics of scaling forests, and the future of finance. Ex-Advest, William Blair, and SFG.
Margaret Morales
VP of Communications & Marketing
Writer, reader, learner, maker. Working to inspire a positive climate future.
Aubrey Vella
Head of People
Focused on attracting, growing, and retaining amazing talent. Building a great working environment so employees can do their best. work.
Ricky Fong
General Counsel
Manages legal risks as we build and scale. Aligns legal and business strategic objectives. Ex-fintech lawyer, startup builder, and investor.
Huey Lin
Special Projects
Executive liaison and ad hoc Swiss army knife, always ensuring we can tackle our toughest problems. Ex-PayPal, Affirm, and Flexport.


Shobha Maharaj
Science Director
Translates nuanced scientific knowledge and evaluates climate impacts on forest biodiversity worldwide to develop applicable solutions.
Victoria Meyer
Head of Carbon Science
Forest biomass expert, combining field data and remote sensing. Environmental science PhD. Former Jet Propulsion Laboratory researcher.
Johannes Seidel
Head of Forestry
Plants resilient and beautiful forests that cool the planet and feed its communities.
Meagan Suri
Partner Capacity Lead
Supports partners to co-create projects with positive social and environmental impacts and to thrive.
Jeff Wright
Senior Forester
Leads development of financially successful, sustainably managed planted forests. DPhil in tropical forestry. Has worked in 50+ countries.
Marian Chau
Head of Seed Banking
Seed, ecology, and biodiversity scientist. Founder of IUCN Seed Conservation Specialist Group. Botany PhD. He haumana mau loa o ka ʻāina.
Diana Castillo Díaz
Seed Banking Specialist
Recipient of the Ashton Award, Arnold Arboretum at Harvard; Ed. Asst., Journal of Sustainable Forestry. Ecology PhD.
Gianna Gandossi
GIS Specialist
Former GIS analyst and research scientist, James Hutton Institute.
Brian Tucker
GIS Specialist
Conservation GIS expert with 20 years of mapping and spatial analysis for university research and management projects in Hawaiʻi.
Adam Finck
Head of Partner Operations
Strategy, impact, and experience for global partners. Expert communicator and program innovator driving results in volatile environments.
Emily Grave
Manager, Forestry Partnerships Sourcing
Identifies key reforestation stakeholders in priority regions. Former nonprofit plant conservationist.
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