Vice President, Government Relations
Joe Hess (Garden Grove, CA) is past President of the JNF Board of Orange County, past National Campaign Chairman, past Vice President of Zones and Regions, a recipient of the Tree of Life™ award and a Century Council member. In his current position he is the liaison to the U.S. Forest Service, Vice President of the International Arid Lands Consortium, and responsible for developing relationships with members of Congress. Under his guidance, JNF achieved NGO status at the United Nations. A retired government technical manager and International Aerospace Consultant, Joe was actively involved in fostering international cooperation during his 40-year career. As a UN volunteer, he developed annual workshops around the world to help developing nations use space technology to improve the lives of their residents.