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For Immediate Release: Paul J. Anderson Joins the Openlands Board of Directors

February 4, 2016

CONTACT:    Brandon Hayes, 312-863-6260,
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(Chicago) Openlands announces the newest addition to its Board of Directors, Paul J. Anderson. Anderson joins a board of over 30 conservation-minded nonprofit and business leaders who guide and support Openlands’ work to restore landscapes and connect people to nature in northeast Illinois, southeast Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana.

About Paul J. Anderson

Anderson is CFO at Foxford Communities, LLC and has been active in the real estate business for over 30 years. He and his family reside in Wheaton, IL.

“I’m thrilled that Paul Anderson is joining the board,” said Richard J. Carlson, Chair, Openlands Board of Directors. “Paul brings a wealth of experience in real estate, and his enthusiasm for the outdoors is palpable.”

“I'm humbled by being able to join the board, and I'm overwhelmed by the depth of Openlands’ work,” said Anderson. “The only way that we as people can become successful with environmental conservation is through education. I imagine there are some kids living in the city who have never seen a forest; providing opportunities for them to gain experience with nature and draw wonder at what’s out there is the right thing to do.”

About the Openlands Board

The Openlands Board of Directors comprises Jill Allread, Paul J. Anderson, J. Tyler Anthony, Gary F. Balling, Paul L. Becker, Alan M. Bell, Shaun C. Block (Honorary Director), Richard J. Carlson (Chair), Bill Clarkin, George W. Davis, Anthony T. Dean (Honorary Director) Garrett Handley Dee, Derek R.B. Douglas, Josephine F. Elting, Marshall Field, V, (Honorary Director), Dean Fischer, Hugh D. Frisbie, John M. Haight, III, Jonathan C. Hamill, Mark M. Harris, Scott Jamieson, Iris Krieg, Carrie C. McNally (Secretary), Andrew Otting, Wendy J. Paulson, Steven M. Ricchio (Treasurer),  J. Timothy Ritchie, Jeffrey R. Rode, Charles Saltzman, Jo Ann M. Seagren, and Patrick Shaw.

About Openlands

Founded in 1963, Openlands is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful metropolitan conservation organizations, having helped secure, protect, and provide public access to more than 55,000 acres of land for parks, forest preserves, wildlife refuges, land and water greenway corridors, and urban gardens. For more information, please visit

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