About Us

Signature Event

Each year, VIRGINIAforever holds the Bridge Builder Celebration to honor an individual who has championed the protection of the Commonwealth’s natural resources. Learn more about our signature event here.

Our mission

As a unique coalition of concerned businesses, environmental organizations, and outdoor enthusiasts, VIRGINIAforever advocates for increased funding to restore and protect the lands and waterways of the Commonwealth.

Who we are

VIRGINIAforever is a diverse coalition of businesses, environmental organizations, and outdoor enthusiasts that advocates for increased funding for water quality improvements and land conservation across the Commonwealth. We are the only statewide organization that has a primary focus on increasing funding for natural resources protection.

What we stand for

Protection of natural resources is a key component of the Constitution of Virginia, and as Virginians, we have an obligation to invest in the land and waters of the Commonwealth. To realize this commitment, adequate funding at the state level is required. VIRGINIAforever advocates for this critical land and water funding.  Learn about 5-year funding goals here and read about our accomplishments in our Inaugural Progress Report.

Our members

Our stakeholders are the driving force behind numerous policy actions that have produced tangible improvements in the quality of Virginia’s water and the preservation of hundreds of thousands of acres. Members of VIRGINIAforever include individuals from corporations and non-profit organizations across the Commonwealth. Through collaboration and a consensus-based approach, our diverse coalition brings together unique perspectives.

Our leadership

Our Board of Directors guides our strategic direction and all advocacy efforts. Our Board includes:

Dennis H. Treacy, Chair*
Retired (formerly of Smithfield Foods, Inc.)

Kendall Tyree, Vice Chair*
Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Matt Wells Secretary/Treasurer*

Phil Abraham*
Virginia Association for Commercial Real Estate

Hobey Bauhan
Virginia Poultry Federation

Hedrick Belin*
Potomac Conservancy

Mark T. Bowles*
McGuireWoods Consulting

Robert Burnley

Jason Carter
Virginia Cattlemen’s Association

Tee Clarkson
Atoka Conservation Exchange

Patrick Coady
Seale & Associates

Nissa Dean
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Carrie Dorsey
The Garden Club of Virginia

Robert L. Dunn**
Retired (formerly DuPont)

John Eustis
New River Land Trust

Pamela Faggert

Kristen Hughes Evans
Sustainable Chesapeake

Johnny C. Finch**

Kevin Finto*
Hunton & Williams

Karen Forget
Lynnhaven River NOW

Katie Frazier
Farm Credit of the Virginias

Ellen Gilinsky

Ted Henifin*

Paul Howe
Virginia Forestry Association

Ronald Jefferson*
Appalachian Power Company

Lisa Kardell*
Waste Management

Tim Kennell*
Virginia Association of Parks

Adrienne Kotula

Stewart Leeth*
Smithfield Foods

Henry P. Long**
Retired (formerly Altria)

Maureen Matsen

T.J. Mascia

Charles G. McDaniel
Hilldrup Companies

Eric Paulson
Virginia State Dairymen’s Association

Chris Pomeroy

Mike Rolband
Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Nikki Rovner*
The Nature Conservancy

Peggy Sanner*
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Rebecca Rubin

Ellen Shepard
Virginia United Land Trusts

Kyle Shreve*
Virginia Agribusiness Council

Natalie Smith*

Ginny Snead
AMT Engineering

Bill Street*
James River Association

Jim Thornton*
Huntington Ingalls Industries

Craig Toalson
Home Builders Association of Virginia

Mandy Tornabene*
Dominion Energy

Mike Town
Virginia League of Conservation Voters

Carol Wampler**

Brian Watson
Capital Region Land Conservancy

Bruce Wingo

Jenny West*
The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia

Andrea Wortzel
Troutman Sanders

Mark Williams
Luck Companies

*=denotes Executive Board member
**=denotes Emeritus Board member


How to join

Great challenges lie ahead as we continue to work to improve funding for our natural resources, but there are even more opportunities for you, your colleagues, and your neighbors to make a recognizable difference. Individuals, companies, and organizations interested in joining VIRGINIAforever can click here to learn more.

Membership dues are not tax deductible. VIRGINIAforever is a 501 (c)4 organization.