Jad Daley is a nationally recognized expert on forest conservation and restoration after almost two decades leading diverse forest sector coalitions and partnerships. Daley has demonstrated particular leadership to improve policy and practice in landscape-scale conservation, forests and climate change, and urban and community forestry.
Daley's forest leadership has included co-founding the Forest-Climate Working Group, which he continues to co-chair, and serving as the founding director for the Eastern Forest Partnership, which he led from 2000 through 2008. Daley has also played a lead role in authoring multiple pieces of federal legislation for forests, including the enabling language for the U.S. Forest Service Community Forest Program that was enacted as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.
Daley comes to American Forests from a nine-year stint at The Trust for Public Land serving as Vice President for Program Development and holding the endowed Martha Wyckoff Fellow. Among his accomplishments with the Trust, Daley created a groundbreaking Climate Conservation Program to integrate science, spatial planning, policy, and on-the-ground implementation for "climate-smart" use of trees and forests as green infrastructure in cities and large landscapes alike.
Daley is currently serving a second term on the federal Landscape Conservation Cooperative National Council. Past associations include serving as a technical expert for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Design Advisory Group in support of the HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition. Daley's writing has been featured in media outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Huffington Post, U.S. EPA Environmental Justice blog, GreenBiz.com, and the American Planning Association's Recovery News blog.