A retired government technical manager and International Aerospace Consultant, Joe Hess (Garden Grove, CA) 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. Joe 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, a recipient of JNF’s Gould Legacy Society Heritage Award, and a Century Council member. Currently, 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.