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Steen brings change to APS, whose board wants it

New executive director is overseeing rebranding and communications effort, and overhaul of veteran scientific group’s publications 

March 29, 2019
By Martin Berman-Gorvine

Going from leading a nonprofit focused on forests to a bio-medical society might seem like a disorienting transition, but there’s a commonality facing both organizations, according to Scott Steen, who became executive director of the American Physiological Society in July.

As CEO of American Forests for more than seven years starting in 2010, Steen took over leadership of “the oldest conservation organization in the U.S., with a focus on large-scale forest restoration in wilderness areas, and urban forests,” he said. But this old-school environmental approach is actually on the cutting edge of coping with climate change, one of the most urgent issues of our time, he noted.