The Steering Committee is made up of a diverse group of strong, forward-looking women who provide insight, leadership, and lend their collective experience and expertise to ensure the first Women’s Forest Congress is a resounding success.

Meet the current Steering Committee members.

Jasmine Brown
Jasmine BrownForestry Doctoral Student, Michigan State University
Jasmine is a passionate “change-maker” and through her research on broadening participation within communities of color in forestry and natural resources fields, is helping to create a more holistic and just environment.
Lauren Cooper
Lauren CooperDirector, Forest Carbon & Climate Program, Michigan State University
Lauren’s work leading the Forest Carbon & Climate Program includes supporting international forest conservation and wood use linkages to sustainability, specifically socio-ecological carbon cycling, conservation incentives, and carbon storage in wood utilization.
Alicia Cramer
Alicia CramerSenior Vice President, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
Alicia’s focus at the Endowment is socio-economic program oversight and new program development; she has spent most of her more than thirty-year career in the forest sector, where she has been able to develop programs and spearhead initiatives with positive environmental impact.
Asia Dowtin, PhD
Asia Dowtin, PhDAssistant Professor of Urban and Community Forestry, Michigan State University
Asia’s work explores the cross-section of nature’s role in urban development, specifically the relationships between forests and the development of urban forest management plans, regional water resource management, and hazard mitigation.
Ara Erickson
Ara EricksonCorporate Sustainability Director, Weyerhaeuser
Ara helps ensure the world’s largest private timberland owner looks to the future while being responsible today, loves to help put amazing ideas into motion, and thinks the world is a better place with sticky notes and dry erase boards.
Kathryn (Katie) Fernholz
Kathryn (Katie) FernholzPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Dovetail Partners Inc.
Katie is a dynamic and compelling expert on environmental concerns and sustainability; she and her team at Dovetail, a science-based environment think-tank addressing land use and sustainability concerns, excel in translating the most complex, detailed topics into easy reading
Rita Hite
Rita HiteExecutive Vice-President, Policy & Strategic Partnerships, American Forest Foundation
Rita oversees the development and implementation of AFF’s overall strategy, ensuring that the interdependent initiatives of the conservation, sustainable forestry, policy, and communications departments work together to support positive environmental impact.
Rebecca (Becky) Turner, Esq
Rebecca (Becky) Turner, EsqChief Strategy Officer, American Forests
Becky believes forests from cities to rural landscapes are key to addressing many of society’s greatest challenges; she oversees the implementation of the strategic vision for American Forests, provides insights on its range of programs, and offers select legal guidance.
Elizabeth (Liz) Woodworth
Elizabeth (Liz) WoodworthFounder and Principal, Wood & Co Consulting
Liz is an avid and practical environmentalist, and through Wood & Co. helps organizations effectively and strategically communicate their commitment to sustainability through diverse channels and approaches.