John McFadden

CEO of GreenInter change

With over three and a half decades in conservation, sustainability, environmentalism and non-profit organizations, John McFadden brings passion and experience to community engagement. From ideation to execution McFadden has led municipalities, organizations and individuals in urban and rural forest restoration, watershed and wetland assessment and reclamation, and environmental education. Connecting with everyone from governors to garden clubs, he has raised over four million dollars towards conservation efforts, in addition to leading tens of thousands of volunteers in assessing and restoring streams and upland and riparian forest zones across Tennessee.

McFadden’s work has earned four Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards, a Tennessee Division of Forestry Award, Tennessee Environmental Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Tennessee River Biodiversity Basin Network Science and Management Award. His proudest achievement is working with volunteers to plant over 700,000 trees since 2000, impressive numbers boosted by a one-day effort in 2018 when he led 25,000 volunteers in planting 190,000 trees.