Our Team

Gene Duvernoy


Gene has spent more than 30 years working on land conservation and building community, founding Forterra (then called Cascade Land Conservancy) in 1989 in his attic. He led the organization to national prominence by creating bold, innovative and successful programs that improve the quality of life for all residents.

Learn more about Gene.

Kristi England

Executive Director

Kristi has spent more than 20 years working in communications, public affairs, and mobilization. Notably, she worked with Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), to develop and implement The Cascade Agenda, and led Seattle Climate Action Now, an initiative that asked city residents to take individual action on climate change.