Plant Trees
  • Plant trees for impact and help restore ecosystems around the world! Plant trees

  • About
  • Stay up to date on major announcements, exciting collaborations, and more.Visit our Newsroom

  • We make it simple for anyone to plant trees, and together we can make an incredible impact. Learn more

  • Get Involved
  • Become a business partner to improve your company’s sustainability initiatives and make an impact. Learn more

  • See how your support and leadership can help us fund reforestation efforts across the globe. Learn more

  • Learn
  • Read about stories from the field, interesting facts about trees and get your healthy dose of nature. Visit our blog

  • Comprised of lesson plans, learning modules, resources, and activities, our T.R.E.E.S. School Program is the perfect addition to your curriculum. Learn more

  • Shop
  • Our fan-favorite Reforestation T-Shirt. Wear it with pride to show your support of reforesting our planet, one tree at a time. Shop now

  • Give the gift that lasts a lifetime! Choose an image, write your personalized message and select a delivery date to gift a tree. Gift a tree

  • Get Involved
    Plant Trees

    One Tree Planted Appoints New President and CEO to Guide the Next Phase of its Global Reforestation Efforts

    by One Tree Planted December 20, 2023 3 min read

    evergreen forest mountain
    1 20 50 100

    Get news, updates, & event Info delivered right to your inbox:

    Harry ‘Hank’ Lynch to be One Tree Planted President and CEO Effective January

    In 2023, One Tree Planted reached a key milestone by having planted 100 million trees around the world since its inception, and 2024 will be another important year as the organization celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Board of Directors has signaled that 2024 will also mark the next phase of the organization’s development with the appointment, effective January, of Harry ‘Hank’ Lynch as the new President and CEO. 

    “Tree planting and reforestation are more important than ever in effectively combating the climate and nature crises facing humanity,” said Board Chair Mark Benthin, “and we have enlisted Hank to strengthen our capacity to meet this monumental challenge.”

    One Tree Planted CEO Harry "Hank" Lynch

    Lynch is a resident of Norfolk, Virginia. He most recently held the position of President and CEO for WildAid, which is an international NGO working in 24 countries and is the 2023 recipient of the prestigious Earthshot Prize award, presented by Prince William for the organization's work in the area of global marine protection. Lynch has previously led Reston, Virginia as its CEO. Reston is recognized as the first Biophilic City in the United States. He has also served as the CEO of the nation’s oldest and largest farmed animal welfare, education, and advocacy organization with operations and offices across the country. Additionally, Lynch’s previous executive experience includes the top positions at The National Maritime Center in Norfolk, Virginia and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in northeast Ohio. 

    Lynch holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Delaware, where he was selected into the celebrated Longwood Fellowship program, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland. He began his career as a horticulturist and ISA-certified arborist. He studied advanced executive leadership and management at Harvard University’s Business School, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Executive program.

    “I am so very pleased to have earned the trust of the One Tree Planted Board and been allowed to serve this unique and inspiring organization,” said Lynch. “I am excited to be joining a highly professional staff and accomplished Board in both protecting and growing the environmental impact of One Tree Planted, and to provide the leadership necessary to keep its brilliance shining.”   

     “We have an amazing team, dedicated planting partners, and supportive corporate and individual donors who have together made One Tree Planted so successful,” noted Matt Hill, the organization’s Founder, “and I am happy to pass the baton of President and CEO to Hank Lynch to guide us to even greater levels of service in forest restoration while I continue as Chief Environmental Evangelist.”


    Jim Massey

    Jim Massey is an influential figure in the field of business, leadership, and corporate governance. He is the #1 best-selling author of Trust in Action, a guide to help leaders tackle the biggest problems facing society. For more than two decades, Jim created industry leading programs with ground-breaking global partnerships.  Most notably, Jim established one of the world’s first Net Zero programs, which included a 50M tree planting program in partnership with One Tree Planted.

    Hugh Locke

    Hugh Locke brings a wealth of experience in tree planting, agroforestry and regenerative agriculture. He is Co-founder and President of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance that plants an average of one million trees a year with its farmer-members in Haiti. He is also Co-founder and Partner in Smallholder Data Services, which recently released a series of groundbreaking reports on the current status and future potential of smallholder regenerative agriculture around the world. 

    About One Tree Planted

    One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Their projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and environmental organizations to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife. Reforestation helps to restore forests that have been degraded or deforested, provide jobs for social impact, and restore biodiversity habitat. Many projects have overlapping objectives that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at

    1 20 50 100

    Get news, updates, & event Info delivered right to your inbox: