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Trees for the Future Appoints Seasoned Leader Tim McLellan as Chief Executive Officer

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BETHESDA, MARYLAND (August 4, 2022) – Leading international agroforestry nonprofit Trees for the Future (TREES) has appointed Tim McLellan, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Tim has been serving as Interim CEO for the last six months.

“After an extensive search, the Board has concluded that Tim is the best person to lead our organization into its next chapter. In a short time, he has earned the respect and confidence of the Board, staff, farmers and our partners alike,” offered Mark Brown, Chair of TREES’ Board of Directors.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for TREES as we continue to hone and expand our science-based, Forest Garden model and embark on our first major carbon sequestration project. It was important for the Board to select a CEO who can execute our growth plans and inspire our teams to maximize our impact on the planet and the communities we serve,” continued Brown.

“I am extremely proud of our team’s work and our growing impact in African communities. I am confident that together we will achieve even greater levels of success in partnership with smallholder farmers around the world,” said Tim McLellan. “I am honored by this appointment as TREES’ CEO and inspired by the extraordinary opportunities ahead of us.”

Tim McLellan has promoted sustainable livelihoods in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean for over 25 years. He has served as Country Director, Regional Director and Chief Operating Officer in-country and at headquarters with international NGOs promoting public health, agricultural productivity and successful entrepreneurship. He brings a deep passion for nature-based solutions to the climate crisis and demonstrated experience in private sector approaches to poverty alleviation. Tim holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger.

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About Trees for the Future

Trees for the Future (TREES) trains communities on sustainable land use so that they can grow vibrant economies, thriving food systems, and a healthier planet. Learn more about Trees for the Future at

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