SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Forest Foundation announces hiring its new Executive Director, Lindsay VanLaningham, to lead the foundation and work to advance its mission of educating Californians about the environmental and economic benefits of sustainably managed forests.
“We are thrilled to have Lindsay on board to help grow our presence and lead our outreach and education efforts in the Capitol and in the classroom,” said Chairman Mark Luster. “Her experience managing the media and high profile environmental policies are skills that directly benefit TFF, and we look forward to having her lead our team.”
Lindsay brings a wealth of experience from the field. Most recently, she served as Chief of Communications at First 5 California where she managed a multi-million statewide outreach and advertising campaign about the health and education of children ages 0 to 5.
Prior to that, she served as an appointee under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Jerry Brown as the Director of Communications and External Affairs at the California Environmental Protection Agency. In this capacity, she managed both internal and external communication efforts on policies that aligned with the Governor’s environmental vision. At Cal/EPA, Lindsay managed communication efforts for six of its departments, managing media and message development, speeches, bill signing ceremonies and events such as the Governor’s Global Climate Summits and the Governor’s Economic and Environmental Leadership Awards.
“Her understanding of the policy issues that contribute to sustainable forestry in California is extremely beneficial in representing our interests amongst our stakeholders,” said Luster.