Michael Goergen of Bethesda, MD joined the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) in September of 2013 to lead the Public-Private Partnership for Advanced Woody Biomaterials and Nanotechnology or P3Nano. He is focused on taking cellulosic nanotechnology from the lab to commercialization, and is bringing together partners in the public and private sectors to accelerate the development of innovative uses of renewable materials from forests.
Prior to joining the Endowment, Michael was Executive Vice President and CEO of the Society of American Foresters. Michael focused on bringing innovation to a 100 year old professional society, while staying focused on the core organizational values: Thriving forests, essential resources, and strong communities. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Management and a Master of Science degree in Forest Resource Policy and Management, both from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Michael and his wife Mila have two children, Maria and Michael.