International Society of Arboriculture Announces Selection of New Executive Director


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The International Society of Arboriculture recently announced the selection of Caitlyn Pollihan as its new executive director. Pollihan — who is expected to transition to the position by July 1 — brings to the ISA a background in forestry leadership and association management.


Caitlyn Pollihan

Pollihan has served as the executive director of the Council of Western State Foresters and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition since 2009. In this role, she facilitated the development of the organization’s strategic goals and agendas and worked with members and CWSF/WFLC staff to ensure the organization’s success. Prior to this role, Pollihan was the CWSF/WFLC Governmental Affairs director, where she was instrumental in the passage of key legislation and educating CWSF and WFLC members on legislative proposals and national policy with western implications.

“I am honored to be selected as the next executive director of the International Society of Arboriculture and look forward to ensuring the continued growth of this dynamic organization,” Pollihan said in a release. “Working in concert with the ISA staff and members to promote the professional practice of arboriculture, building on Jim Skiera’s legacy, is an exciting opportunity that I am eager to undertake.”

Read more: After more than 22 years of service, Jim Skiera announced his retirement as executive director of the ISA by the end of this year.

Pollihan previously served as the staff vice president for Government and Environment Affairs for the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Hampton Roads. In this role, she worked on state and local legislative initiatives, green building programs and helped create and implement an innovative approach to building site safety inspections with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

She serves on several national coalitions and committees, such as the USDA Planning Rule Implementation Federal Advisory Committee and the American Society of Association Executives’ Public Policy Committee. Pollihan also participates in the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Board.

Pollihan holds a bachelor’s degree in contemporary media and journalism/public relations from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Hampton Roads‐St. Louis. She has a certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management and has earned the Certified Association Executive credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry.

“The ISA Board of Directors is looking forward to having Caitlyn join us as our next executive director,” Michelle Mitchell, president of ISA Board of Directors, said in a release. “We believe that her specific experience with the Council of Western State Foresters and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, as well as her experience in governmental affairs, and organizational communications will be an excellent asset to our organization. This experience, combined with her passion for membership organizations, will continue moving ISA forward in fulfilling our mission.”

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