Tributary Fund Board


BETSY BUFFINGTON, Vice President for Programs for the Conservation Lands Foundation, is a veteran community organizer with more than twenty years of experience helping non-traditional, local citizens maximize their collective power to protect the cultural, historic and natural resources of the West. She cut her teeth helping conservationists, local ranchers and retired Air Force staff stop a bombing range in the Owyhee desert of southern Idaho (now a recent addition to the National Conservation Lands) and went on to work on campaigns that included helping a local ORV club advocate for Wilderness expansion in northern Wyoming, and helping concerned citizens secure designation of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and continue their advocacy through the creation of the Friends of the Missouri Breaks. Betsy is based in Bozeman, Montana but spends more than half her time working in the field, the other half of her time is spent wandering the wild places of the Northern Rockies.

LAURA HOEHN, Vice Chair, is Sierra Club’s General Counsel, based in Bozeman, Montana.  She has a lifelong interest in conservation, having volunteered on the national board of Sierra Club and also worked at Earthjustice.  Following graduation from University of Oregon School of Law, she was a judicial law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

JEFF KELLER, Secretary/Treasurer, is a Partner in TK Capital Partners, a family owned and operated private equity firm with offices in both Chicago, IL and Lake Geneva, WI.  Prior to starting TK Capital Partners, Jeff was the President of the MacLean Vehicle Systems Fastener Group of the MacLean-Fogg Company, providing engineered fastening solutions to the global transportation, aerospace and industrial markets.  He spent time working as an international banker while based in Santiago, Chile and in the classroom teaching English in Namibia.  His many outdoors interests have fostered a deep level of commitment to conservation issues and he is active in a number of organizations.  He serves as the Chair of the Board of Deacons at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Burlington, WI, and as the Chair of the Advancement Committee on the Lake Forest Academy Board of Trustees. Jeff is a graduate of The Colorado College and holds an International MBA from the University of Chicago.  He and his wife Molly and their three children live in Burlington, Wisconsin.

ALEX MATTHIESSEN directs the Matthiessen Strategies consulting firm in New York City, with clients in New York, Massachusetts, and Vancouver. He was the Chief Executive Director and currently serves on the board of Riverkeeper, a New York-based clean water advocacy organization widely considered among the most successful non-profits of its kind. Prior to his tenure at Riverkeeper, Matthiessen was a Special Assistant at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he developed the Green Energy Parks initiative. He has also served as a macroeconomic policy analyst in Indonesia for the Harvard Institute for International Development and worked with the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Improvement Fund, Catskill Mountainkeeper, and Waterkeeper Alliance. 
The Tributary Fund PETER MATTHIESSEN, Emeritus, an award-winning author of At Play in the Fields of the Lord and The Snow Leopard, continues to write books and articles and is a vocal and active conservationist. Matthiessen won the 2008 National Book Award for Shadow Country.

MARTIN PALMER, Chair, is a theologian, author, broadcaster and environmentalist.   He is Secretary General of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), which assists eleven world faiths in developing environmental and conservation projects worldwide. He has recently been appointed as a special advisor to the UN on Climate Change, the Environment and The Faiths and heads a three year program with the UN on this. Palmer is the Director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture (ICOREC), which specialises in religious, educational, environmental and development issues. He is the author of over twenty books on religious topics.

MARGIE TAYLOR was raised on a cattle ranch in Big Horn Country, Montana.  She received her B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.  After spending a few years as a veterinary technician and feedlot manager, she launched her professional career as an archeaologist with the Montana State Office of the Bureau of Land Management.  That public sector work led her into the field of energy and environmental policy where she ultimately spent 13 years working for Burlington Northern and Burlington Resources in state capitols throughout the west and in Washington, DC as an energy and environmental lobbyist.  In 1996 Margie returned to Montana and spent nine years managing Ted Turner’s 15 western ranches (1.95 million acres) and herd of 45,000 bison.  Margie became the Executive Director of Bozeman’s Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter in June 2005 after serving on HOV’s board for two years.  During her four years at the shelter, the money was raised and a $4 million shelter was constructed.  Margie is now retired, living in Sheridan, Wyoming, and volunteers with several non-profit organizations.  Margie traveled to Mongolia to see TTF projects in action in 2009.
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