About Tom Tuchmann, President
A professional forester by training, Tom provides US Forest Capital’s range of advisory services and coordinates the efforts of the firm’s strategic partners, who offer specialized expertise on a project basis.
During his 23-year career in forestry, business and public policy, Tom has helped conserve tens of millions of acres of public and private forestland and in the last two years alone, his efforts have helped acquire 103,000 acres worth nearly $210 million. Tom also has helped clients address a range of complex conservation challenges and has created new financial tools that help individuals and organizations capitalize large-scale natural resource acquisitions.
Prior to founding US Forest Capital, Tom was Western Director and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. During his tenure, he successfully directed negotiations and the implementation of the $480 million Headwaters Forest Agreement. He also was charged with designing and managing a Presidential Forum that resulted in a $50 million conservation management plan for Lake Tahoe.
In his capacity as a public servant, Tom also served as the director of the U.S. Office of Forestry and Economic Development – where he was developing and implementing President Clinton’s Northwest Forest Plan, which established management parameters for 24 million acres of federal land; created a $1.2 billion economic assistance program and coordinated the efforts of 16 federal agencies.
Earlier in his career, Tom was the lead forestry staff for the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee where he developed, on behalf of the Chairman, numerous programs and statutes relating to natural resource issues. These included the Forest Legacy, Forest Stewardship, Northern Forest and Lake Champlain programs, all of which were later signed into law. He also served as director of resource policy for the Society of American Foresters.
Tom is a forestry graduate of Northern Arizona University and he earned a masters degree at Pennsylvania State University. Through the years, he has written and spoken widely on natural resource issues and has served on the Society of American Foresters' Committee on Forest Policy. He also was an adjunct professor at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.
John Rose, Associate
Mr. Rose is an associate at US Forest Capital. Prior to joining US Forest Capital, Mr. Rose served as President and CEO of Seattle-Northwest Securities. He worked for Seattle-Northwest – the Northwest’s leading underwriter of municipal bonds – from 1982 to 2006. The employee-owned firm has 100 employees in its Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake, Anchorage and Boise offices. It is an active trader of fixed income securities including municipal bonds, government bonds, agency bonds and corporate bonds.
Mr. Rose's Public Finance practice has included assisting school districts, cities, counties and special districts in planning and implementing their bond sales. He has been responsible for approximately $1,250,000,000 in school district bonds since 1990 alone. Mr. Rose created financial planning models that allowed Washington school districts to take advantage of changes in State law to control local tax rates.
Mr. Rose served as Manager of the Public Finance Department from 1994 to 1997, and was on the Board of Directors for many years until his departure. He has lectured on the subject of school finance at the University of Washington, Seattle University, Gonzaga University, and Whitworth College.
From 1973 to 1982, Mr. Rose worked with King County, Washington. His career at King County concluded with service as the County's Budget Director, responsible for planning and managing the County's $300 million combined operating and capital budget. Mr. Rose's other assignments at King County included Budget Manager and Administrative Assistant to County Executive John D. Spellman.
Mr. Rose holds a graduate degree in Political Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Political Science undergraduate degree from Princeton University. He is a member of the United Way of King County Campaign Cabinet, and serves on the Board of the Washington Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
Alice Williamson, Associate
Alice Williamson serves as an associate at US Forest Capital and is responsible for handling special projects, office administration and supporting clients on a wide array of activities. Prior to joining US Forest Capital, Ms. Williamson worked for the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy in Hendersonville, NC and the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust in Wilmington, NC. In both of these positions, she helped private landowners across the state protect valuable natural areas and waters.
Ms. Williamson is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and holds a certificate in Environmental Law. She also holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina – Asheville.