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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*
Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Nikki Rovner, Vice Chair*
The Nature Conservancy

Brooks Smith, Secretary & Treasurer*
Troutman Sanders

Phil Abraham*
Virginia Association for Commercial Real Estate

R. Brian Ball
Williams Mullen

Hedrick Belin*
Potomac Conservancy

Mark T. Bowles*
McGuireWoods Consulting

Robert Burley

Tee Clarkson
Atoka Conservation Exchange

Nissa Dean
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Robert L. Dunn*
Retired (formely DuPont)

Greg Eanes*
Virginia Association for Parks

John Eustis
New River Land Trust

Kristen Hughes Evans
Sustainable Chesapeake

Pamela Faggert*
Dominion Energy

Johnny C. Finch

  Kevin Finto*
Hunton & Williams

Karen Forget
Lynnhaven River NOW

Katie Frazier
Virginia AgriBusiness Council

Lynda Frost
Trust for Public Land

Bill Greenleaf
Capital Region Land Conservancy

Barrett Hardiman
Luck Companies

Ted Henifin*
HRSD

Paul Howe
Virginia Forestry Association

Ann F. Jennings*

Lisa Kardell*
Waste Management

Adrienne Kotula*
James River Association

Henry P. Long
Retired (formerly Altria)

Maureen Matsen

T.J. Mascia
RES

Charles G. McDaniel
Hilldrup Companies

Chris Pomeroy
AquaLaw

 

Jeff Rinker
MillerCoors

Rebecca Rubin
Marstel-Day

Peggy Sanner*
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Natalie Smith*
PadillaCRT

Len Smock
VCU Rice Center

Ginny Snead
Louis Berger Group

Jim Thornton*
Huntington Ingalls Industries

Craig Toalson
Home Builders Association of Virginia

Mike Town
Virginia League of Conservation Voters

Kendall Tyree*
Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Carol Wampler*

Matt Wells*
West Rock

Jenny West*
The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia

          *=denotes Executive 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.