Senior Staff Members

Chris Wood, President/Chief Executive Officer
Before coming to Trout Unlimited in September 2001, Chris Wood served as the senior policy and communications advisor to the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service where he helped protect 58 million acres of publicly owned land. Chris began his career as a temporary employee with the Forest Service in Idaho and also worked for the Fish and Wildlife program of the Bureau of Land Management. He is the author and co-author of numerous papers and articles and three books including, Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices (AFS 1997), From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Land Legacy (Island Press, 2003), and My Healthy Stream: A handbook for streamside owners (TU and Aldo Leopold Foundation, 2013).

Matt Renaud, Chief Financial Officer
Matt Renaud joined Trout Unlimited as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in March 2016. Before joining Trout Unlimited, Matt was the CFO at ACDI/VOCA, an international development nonprofit. Prior to his role as CFO, Matt worked at ACDI/VOCA as its Controller and spent time as the finance director for a community development project in Serbia. He has also worked as a tax accountant specializing in individual, nonprofit, trust, and small business clients and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkmenistan, focusing on small business consulting. Matt currently serves on the finance committee for the National Peace Corps Association. He earned his MBA in 2003 from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and his Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1999. Matt grew up in Santa Barbara where he spent time hiking and backpacking in the mountains and pier fishing in the ocean.

Robert J. Masonis, Vice President for Western Conservation
Based in Seattle, Washington, Rob is responsible for management of TU's five western conservation programs: Sportsmen's Conservation Project, Western Water, Western Restoration, Alaska and California. Prior to joining TU, he ran the Northwest office of American Rivers as its Senior Director. Rob received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, and law degrees from Boston College Law School and the University of Washington School of Law. He is an avid fly-fisher with a particular interest in the Pacific Northwest's wild steelhead.

Keith Curley, Vice President for Eastern Conservation
Keith leads TU's eastern conservation efforts, working from Minnesota to Maine to protect, reconnect, and restore habitat for native and wild trout and Atlantic salmon. Keith came to TU as an intern and has served TU in several capacities, most recently as Director of Government Affairs. Keith received a B.A. from St. Lawrence University and an M.S. in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University. He grew up in New Hampshire, and now lives in northern Virginia—a place with few trout, but with outstanding fly fishing for other fun fish like carp, shad, and gar.

Beverly Smith, Vice President for Volunteer Operations
Beverly is responsible for the Volunteer Operations Department which supports 36 state councils and 378 local chapters across the country by delivering a suite of applications, trainings and resources aimed at helping volunteers more easily and effectively accomplish TU’s mission in their local communities. Her responsibilities also include managing TU’s youth education programs, veterans services partnership, and women/ diversity initiative. Beverly joined TU as the Volunteer Operations Coordinator in 2007, was promoted to Director in 2009, and Vice President in 2014. Prior to joining TU, Beverly worked for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and on the Community Focus Committee for the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Beverly grew up in Charleston, S.C. and received a B.A. from the University of Virginia. She lives outside of Jackson, Wyo. with her husband, daughter and springer spaniel where—as you might imagine—she enjoys fly fishing and bird hunting.

Bryan Moore, Chief Intergovernmental Officer
Bryan began working for Trout Unlimited as the program manager for the Potomac Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative in September, 2005. He became director of Eastern Project Development in May 2007, and moved to his current position in October 2007. He was previously self-employed in the insurance restoration industry for eighteen years as a property restoration specialist. Bryan is a fifth-generation native of West Virginia where he grew up fishing the trout streams in the east. After a nineteen year stay in the west, partially dedicated to exploring western trout waters, he returned to his home waters and became an active TU volunteer and leader advocating for stream protection and restoration. In addition to exploring trout streams, he enjoys bowhunting, backpacking, and family camping.  

Steve Moyer, Vice President for Government Affairs
Steve serves as TU’s senior advocate on Capitol Hill and with the federal agencies.  He works with TU’s local chapters and state councils to help them with their state and local advocacy efforts and develops and implements TU grassroots advocacy campaigns. He has worked for TU for 19 years. Prior to joining TU, Steve led advocacy efforts at the National Wildlife Federation on behalf of fisheries, and wetlands, and related appropriations legislation. He holds a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine and an M.S in Fisheries from Virginia Tech.

Kirk Deeter, Vice President of Trout Media
Kirk Deeter is the editor of TROUT magazine. He is also an editor-at-large for Field&Stream, and the editor-in-chief of Angling Trade. A lifelong angler, he has produced award-winning stories from the tip of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, to north of the Arctic Circle in Russia. His work has appeared in WIRED, Garden & Gun, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He co-authored the best selling Little Red Book of Fly Fishing. He lives in Colorado with his wife of 25 years (Sarah), and son (Paul).

Helen Neville, Senior Scientist
Dr. Helen Neville has been with Trout Unlimited since 2006. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Brown University, a Master’s degree in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego, and her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She specializes in applying genetic tools to improve our understanding of the ecology and conservation needs of salmon and trout. She has used genetic approaches to characterize natal homing in Chinook salmon; determine the effects of fire, culvert isolation and hybridization on native redband trout; measure fish passage and population responses to habitat reconnection in cutthroat trout; determine genetic attributes of historically-stocked non-native brook trout; and uncover adaptive variability related to growth and temperature tolerance in Lahontan cutthroat trout. Currently she oversees a multi-faceted program working to recover the federally-listed Lahontan cutthroat trout, and collaborates with TU scientists and other colleagues on research evaluating population viability and climate change impacts in trout. She is also an active participant in TU’s Climate Change Working Group. Helen lives in Boise, ID, with her husband and two daughters, and loves having wonderful, wild Idaho as her back-yard.


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