David P. Tenny is the founding President and CEO of the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO), an organization devoted to policy advocacy on behalf of private forest owners. Under Tenny’s leadership, NAFO has grown from 14 initial members in 2008 to 70 members representing more than 80 million acres of private forestland in 47 states. During this time NAFO has developed a sophisticated, bipartisan and solutions-oriented advocacy approach to advance federal environmental, energy, conservation, economic and tax policy benefiting private working forests and those who own and manage them.
Tenny previously served as Vice President for Forestry and Wood Products for the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) and as Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environmental at the United States Department of Agriculture where he had responsibility for the U.S. Forest Service.
Tenny came to USDA from the House of Representatives where he served as Counsel and Natural Resources Policy Advisor for the Committee on Agriculture and as Counsel for U.S. Representative Wally Herger of California.
A native of Boise, Idaho, Tenny earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and a law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is married with three children.