Washington State Manager
Matt was born and raised in Seattle but enjoyed the woods from an early age through camping, hiking, and eventually exploring the backroads of western Washington in his Toyota Land Cruiser. The love of the outdoors led him to a B.S. in Forest Engineering from the University of Washington.
He spent the first 15 years of his career in private industry providing engineering, forestry, construction management, and real estate services to both large and small private landowners. Prior to joining AFRC, he worked for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as an engineer. While at DNR he managed a variety of duties, including road and stream crossing design, road maintenance projects, and served as the lead engineer during the 2007 Windstorm salvage project. One of his favorite tasks at DNR was mentoring new foresters on road and logging systems layout for timber sales. Matt also is a graduate of Class 31 of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Leadership program.
At AFRC, Matt is responsible for monitoring both State and Federal timber programs within Washington. Additionally, he works with stakeholders, federal, state, local governments, and elected officials on forest policy issues throughout the state. He and his wife, Jodi, reside in Chehalis with their two children, where he enjoys beekeeping, coaching youth soccer, and gardening.