On Nov. 5, 2017, former California Assemblyman Rich Gordon announced he would be stepping down from the Sempervirens Fund Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Gordon was invited to join the Sempervirens Fund Board in March 2017 based on his strong environmental record and his reputation as a community leader. A few months later, Gordon accepted a new position at the helm of the California Forestry Association, the trade association for the timber industry.
At that time, the Board considered whether Gordon should remain. The majority agreed that his new role could help serve as a useful bridge between conservationists and those who manage forests for timber production. The Sempervirens Fund Board saw Gordon’s new role as a continuation of important dialogue with others who are responsible for the future of these great forests as we have seen with the establishment of the Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network.
Unfortunately, some were concerned that Gordon’s concurrent roles represented an insurmountable conflict of interest. Although the Sempervirens Fund Board has careful measures in place to handle potential conflicts of interest, the concerns have become an unnecessary distraction from our mission.
Thus, after careful and deliberate consideration about what is in the best interest of the organization, Gordon decided to step away from the Board. Sempervirens Fund would like to thank Gordon for the fine work he has done on behalf of the organization and as an environmental champion while serving on the California State Legislature from 2010 to 2016.