Protecting and maintaining natural communities and high conservation value forests.
FSC Investments and Partnerships (FSC I&P) promotes the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Our mission aligns with the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the world’s leading and most trusted voluntary forest certification system.
The Forest Stewardship Council's Investments & Partnerships Office is located at:
FSC Investments & Partnerships
600 First Ave. Suite 445
Seattle, WA 98104 USA
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FSC Investments & Partnerships (FSC I&P) is an independent, registered U.S. 501(c)3 charity and was formed to bring together people, foundations, corporations who share the vision and values of responsible forest management.
FSC I&P Board Members
Kim Carstensen (Chair)
FSC I&P Staff
Dan Peniston, Development Manager
Mark Smith, Executive Director
Nicole Shermer, Program Manager
Vanessa Tamez, Program Coordinator
Deforestation and forest degradation threaten forest ecosystems around the world, increasing carbon emissions, polluting the air and water, and reducing biodiversity.
You can help protect the world’s forests with a donation to FSC Investments & Partnerships (FSC I&P). Your investment will support the responsible management and restoration of forests worldwide that protect wildlife habitat, reduce carbon emissions, improve air and water quality, increase responsible trade, and protect vulnerable communities.
A donation to FSC I&P ensures that forests are managed in ways that are ecologically responsible, culturally respectful, and economically viable.
Mark Smith, Executive Director, FSC Investments and Partnerships
Mark Smith is the Executive Director of FSC I&P. Mark has nearly thirty years of nonprofit fundraising experience and has served in executive fundraising positions for Greenpeace, FINCA, Empire State Pride Agenda, and The Interfaith Alliance, as well as several successful for-profit entities. His background includes building strong philanthropic giving programs for organizations in their startup phase and relaunching fundraising programs at established groups. Mark has both a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and has been an active volunteer in several civic and social organizations in the US.
Kim Carstensen, Board Chair
Kim is the Director General of the Forest Stewardship Council, a position he has held since October 2012 and has a proven track record as a global leader within the environment and development sectors. Prior to joining FSC, he managed FairGreenSolutions, an environmental strategy and sustainable development consultancy that, among other things, helped link the concepts of ‘Green Economy’ and sustainable development. He is a former leader of WWF International’s Global Climate Initiative and former CEO of WWF Denmark, where he worked on issues related to global environment and development policy and projects.
Lisa Morden, Vice Chair
Lisa Morden is the Vice President of Safety and Sustainability for Kimberly Clark and is responsible for articulating the vision for sustainability in support of the Company’s strategies and business plans. Over the course of her 20+ year career with K-C, Lisa has also served in various environmental and sustainability-related positions, focusing on integration of principles of corporate social responsibility and sustainability into K-C’s strategies with the objective of generating business and social value.
Jack Hurd, Secretary
Jack is the Executive Vice President at Conservation International. Formerly, he was the Regional Managing Director, Asia-Pacific for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) where he oversaw regional conservation strategy, revenue generation from public and private sources, and marketing and communications efforts. Prior to assuming this position, Jack directed the TNC Forest Program in Asia-Pacific where he led the organization’s regional forests and sustainable land use efforts. Jack holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Vermont.
Allison Scuriatti, Treasurer
Allison has worked for more than 25 years to further international economic development and cooperation. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of FINCA International, the nonprofit majority owner of a global microfinance banking network and a founder of the SMART Campaign. Prior to FINCA, Allison held a variety of roles in the private sector, nonprofits, and intergovernmental organizations. She has deep expertise in communications, marketing, brand, and stakeholder management and spent a decade focusing on women’s access to finance, entrepreneurship, private sector development, and the coordination of international development aid.
Ralph has been with the FSC International Board since early 2016 and is the current Treasurer. Based out of Uruguay, he is an independent consultant for international forest companies and organizations on responsible forest management and sustainability.
Over the past 25 years Ralph has had strong involvement in the growth of the Uruguayan forest industry and the development of responsible forest management practices; he has also been involved in international socio-economic and productive development projects in various regions of the world. Ralph holds a Master´s degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, specializing in Agricultural Economics.
Danny McGregor is the Chief Development Officer at Southern Poverty Law Center. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer at Amnesty International USA, where he managed all aspects of fundraising, human resources, information technology and facilities. For many years, Danny has worked for a stronger and healthier planet for all.
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