Senior Staff Members

Chris Wood, President/Chief Executive Officer
Before coming to Trout Unlimited in September 2001, Chris Wood served as the senior policy and communications advisor to the Chief of the US Forest Service where he helped protect 58 million acres of publicly-owned land.  Chris began his career as a temporary employee with the Forest Service in Idaho and also worked for the Bureau of Land Management. He is the author and co-author of three books including, Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices (AFS 1997), From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Land Legacy (Island Press, 1997), and My Healthy Stream: A handbook for streamside owners (TU and ALF, 2013).

Hillary Coley, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer
Hillary came to Trout Unlimited from Lane & Company, CPA's, where she was responsible for managing audit, consulting, and tax services for non-profit organizations. Hillary received her BSBA in accounting and international finance from American University and her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in not-for-profit management at George Mason University. At Trout Unlimited, Hillary is Chief Financial Officer and responsible for managing the accounting and administration department. Hillary is the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Casting for Recovery and also serves as the President for the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (GWSCPA).

Joel Johnson, Chief Marketing Officer
Joel leads our marketing and communications and is responsible for stewarding the TU brand. He leads a diverse team to implement growth strategies through membership marketing, customer service, corporate marketing, TROUT magazine, digital and direct marketing, and public relations. Prior to TU, Joel worked as SVP, Planning and Research at GMMB, a Washington D.C. -based advocacy firm, and has had senior leadership roles at major PR and ad agencies including Porter Novelli, Sapient and DDB. Joel authors the blogs Deadbait, and Think See Do Differently. He received his undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and Masters degree from the Communications School at Northwestern University. Follow him on twitter @joelrjohnson

Elizabeth Maclin, Vice President for Eastern Conservation
Elizabeth leads TU's eastern conservation efforts, working from Georgia to Maine to protect, reconnect, and restore habitat for native and wild trout and Atlantic salmon. Prior to joining TU, she spent eight years at American Rivers developing and implementing the organization's dam removal and river restoration programs. Elizabeth received a B.A. in biology from Colby College in 1993 and an M.B.A. and M.S. in natural resource policy from the University of Michigan in 1998. She grew up in northern Virginia, and spent as much time as possible hiking, fishing, and skiing near her grandparents' farm in western Massachusetts. 

Robert J. Masonis, Vice President for Western Conservation
Based in Seattle, Washington, Rob is responsible for management of TU's five western conservation programs: Sportsmen's Conservation Project, Western Water, Western Restoration, Alaska and California. Prior to joining TU, he ran the Northwest office of American Rivers as its Senior Director. Rob received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, and law degrees from Boston College Law School and the University of Washington School of Law. He is an avid fly-fisher with a particular interest in the Pacific Northwest's wild steelhead.

Beverly Smith, Vice President for Volunteer Operations
Beverly is responsible for the Volunteer Operations Department which supports 36 state councils and 378 local chapters across the country by delivering a suite of applications, trainings and resources aimed at helping volunteers more easily and effectively accomplish TU’s mission in their local communities. Her responsibilities also include managing TU’s youth education programs, veterans services partnership, and women/ diversity initiative. Beverly joined TU as the Volunteer Operations Coordinator in 2007, was promoted to Director in 2009, and Vice President in 2014. Prior to joining TU, Beverly worked for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and on the Community Focus Committee for the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Beverly grew up in Charleston, S.C. and received a B.A. from the University of Virginia. She lives outside of Jackson, Wyo. with her husband, daughter and springer spaniel where – as you might imagine – she enjoys fly fishing and bird hunting.

Bryan Moore, Chief Intergovernmental Officer
Bryan began working for Trout Unlimited as the program manager for the Potomac Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative in September, 2005. He became director of Eastern Project Development in May, 2007, and moved to his current position in October, 2007. He was previously self-employed in the insurance restoration industry for eighteen years as a property restoration specialist. Bryan is a fifth-generation native of West Virginia where he grew up fishing the trout streams in the east. After a nineteen year stay in the west, partially dedicated to exploring western trout waters, he returned to his home waters and became an active TU volunteer and leader advocating for stream protection and restoration. In addition to exploring trout streams, he enjoys bowhunting, backpacking, and family camping.  

Steve Moyer, Vice President for Government Affairs

Steve serves as TU’s senior advocate on Capitol Hill and with the federal agencies.  He works with TU’s local chapters and state councils to help them with their state and local advocacy efforts and develops and implements TU grassroots advocacy campaigns. He has worked for TU for 19 years. Prior to joining TU, Steve led advocacy efforts at the National Wildlife Federation on behalf of fisheries, and wetlands, and related appropriations legislation. He holds a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine and an M.S in Fisheries from Virginia Tech.

Jack Williams, Senior Scientist
Jack started studying fishes in the deserts of the American Southwest, where a native fish has to be tough to survive. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Arizona State University. He moved on to work at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, where Jack received his M.S. degree in biology while working on Virgin River fishes. Jack continued his march northward to Oregon State University to receive his Ph.D. in fisheries biology in 1980 working on the taxonomy and ecology of chubs in the Great Basin. After finishing up at OSU, Jack went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species Office in Sacramento, California. He went on to work for the BLM in Washington, D.C., including the National Fisheries Program Manager for BLM and the Science Advisor to the Director. He later moved back out west and began working for the U.S. Forest Service, including stints as Deputy Forest Supervisor in Idaho and Forest Supervisor in Oregon. Jack joined TU in 2004 to develop the Conservation Success Index and provide technical assistance to TU's restoration and management programs. Whenever possible, Jack can be found walking along some small stream, preferably with his wife, sons, and growing cadre of springer spaniels. 

Mark Abner, Vice President for Development
Mark and TU's team of fundraisers work with the organization's many generous donors to provide financial resources to accomplish the mission. He is based in Saint Paul, Minn., and came to TU in 2013 after twenty years fundraising for The Nature Conservancy, the University of Minnesota and the Trust for Public Land. Mark especially loves to fish in the Midwest's bucolic Driftless Area and was once an active volunteer with the Twin Cities Chapter. He is married to a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist and has a masters degree in environmental studies from The Evergreen State College and a B.A. from Emory University. 


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