Redwood Forest Foundation
Meet Jeff Romm,
Redwood Forest Foundation's New Board Member
Jeff Romm was elected to the RFFI Board in March 2017. According to RFFI President Mark Welther, “Dr. Romm has been a friend of RFFI for many years, and we are thrilled to have him join the Board of Directors. His academic background in resource conservation and the impact of past extraction practices on local communities, along with his international forestry experience, will enrich RFFI’s approach to community forestry. As a long-term Covelo resident, Jeff also has a special connection with Mendocino County communities that will enlighten our policies and decisions.”
Jeff has served on the faculty of the University of California’s College of Natural Resources for 37 years, with a focus on natural resource policy. His research has been on forest policy, resource governance, and on the interactions between racial and resource policy in the U.S. and Asia. Prior to Jeff’s time as a faculty member, he worked for about fifteen years in South and Southeast Asia on issues of water, land and forest management, and governance, and their roles in rural development. This period included service as an afforestation officer in the Nepal Forest Department and ten years as Ford Foundation staff with broad responsibilities in Asia for programs in water and river basin governance, urban environmental planning, community management of forests, watersheds and irrigation systems, and university programs for incorporation of ecological thought in economic development strategies. Jeff looks forward his new role to as a member of the RFFI board.
Jeff received his B.S. in Forestry at UC Berkeley and graduate degrees in resource economics at Cornell. Although working elsewhere, he has strong ties to Mendocino County, as his home base has been Covelo, California for the past 45 years.