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:

Matt Wells, Chair*

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

Kyle Shreve, Secretary/Treasurer*
Virginia Agribusiness Council

Phil Abraham*
Virginia Association for Commercial Real Estate

Elizabeth Andrews

Doug Baxter*
Tyson Foods

Hobey Bauhan
Virginia Poultry Federation

Mike Baum
Keep Virginia Beautiful

Hedrick Belin*
Potomac Conservancy

Scott Bemis

Mark T. Bowles*
McGuireWoods Consulting

Robert Burnley

Andrew Clark
Home Builders Association of Virginia

Tee Clarkson
Atoka Conservation Exchange

Allison Clock
The Garden Club of Virginia

Patrick Coady
Seale & Associates

Corey Connors
Virginia Forestry Association

Nissa Dean
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Robert L. Dunn**
Retired (formerly DuPont)

Andrew Dupuy
Rails to Trails Conservancy

Jason Eberstein

Ben Eubanks

John Eustis
New River Land Trust

Kristen Hughes Evans
Sustainable Chesapeake

Pamela Faggert

Johnny Finch**

Kevin Finto*
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Karen Forget
Lynnhaven River NOW

Katie Frazier
Farm Credit of the Virginias

Bill Greenleaf
Capital Region Land Conservancy

Ted Henifin*

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)

TJ Mascia
Davey Mitigation / Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Maureen Matsen

Charles G. McDaniel
Hilldrup Companies

Dr. Mamie A. Parker*

Eric Paulson
Virginia State Dairymen’s Association

Reed Perry
Chesapeake Conservancy

Chris Pomeroy

Mike Rolband

Nikki Rovner*
The Nature Conservancy

Alan Rowsome
Northern Virginia Conservation Trust

Rebecca Rubin

Peggy Sanner*
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Ellen Shepard
Virginia United Land Trusts

Ginny Snead
AMT Engineering

Bill Street*
James River Association

Jim Thornton*
Huntington Ingalls Industries

Mandy Tornabene*
Dominion Energy

Mike Town
Virginia League of Conservation Voters

Dennis H. Treacy*
Reed Smith LLP

Carol Wampler**

Jenny West*
The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia

Mark Williams
Luck Companies

Kate Wofford
Alliance for the Shenandoah

Andrea Wortzel
Troutman Pepper


*=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.