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Elaine Kohrman

USDA Forest Service, Branch Chief Presentations

Washington, DC

Elaine is currently serving as the Acting Regional Forester for the Southwestern Region (Arizona and New Mexico). She has been in a permanent position as Deputy Regional Forester for the Southwestern Region since May 2018. She held a previous position as Forest Supervisor of the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands from 2013 to 2018. She started as a wilderness ranger in 1986 and has held numerous positions over 33 years at the district, forest, regional, and national level.  She has extensive experience in large-scale collaboration, sustainability, restoration, recreation, planning, tribal consultation, and socioeconomics. 

Previous positions include Branch Chief for Strategic Planning, Budget and Accountability for out-year budgeting and congressional hearings in the Washington Office; acting Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Colville National Forest, District Ranger on the Prairie City Ranger District on the Malheur National Forest in Oregon. Other assignments include social scientist/economist for large-scale fire recovery, range, timber, and restoration projects on the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla, and Malheur National Forests in Oregon. Her background includes forest planning in the Blue Mountains for three regions; and Economist for the National Hydropower Relicensing Team. Elaine was an interdisciplinary team leader at the district level for a wide variety of projects including team leader for the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University-Seattle, and is a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow. She is also a Senior Leader Coach, certified yoga and sound practitioner. She and her husband Matthew enjoy traveling, biking, and outdoor adventures to awesome landscapes and diverse cultures.