Michelle Connor, USA Co-Chair

Michelle Connor is Executive Vice President of Strategic Enterprises at Forterra, leading innovative projects that link landscape conservation to the creation of livable communities to ensure a sustainable region.

Michelle has long provided leadership on national, regional and state-wide natural resource and community issues. Over the past 18 years with Forterra, she has served in a range of capacities, including: serving as Chief Program Officer, leading complex community negotiations, launching Forterra’s stewardship program, and managing the creation of the Cascade Agenda strategic plan. Michelle is currently facilitating an effort among the landowner, county, multiple state agencies, two tribes and concerned citizens to conserve nearly 7,000 acres of prime forestland and 2 miles of shoreline near Port Gamble in Kitsap County.

Among Michelle’s most notable successes is King County’s recent $36 million dollar acquisition of 250-acres and one mile of Puget Sound shoreline on Maury Island that was subject to a controversial gravel mining proposal. A third-generation Washingtonian, she holds an M.S. from the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources and a B.A. from the Evergreen State College. Michelle grew up on Budd Inlet and enjoys getting outdoors whenever she can.

Re-appointed in July, 2012