Dave Forsell

Dave Forsell

SVP, Affiliate Network & Programs

Dave has a passion for the environment, community development, urban conservation, and community-led public art.

During his fifteen years as president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB), Dave led the organization to more than four-fold growth, by directing programs toward broader and deeper human and ecological outcomes; and a commitment to authentic relationships with diverse grass-roots leaders, philanthropists, and the corporate and public sectors. His sources of pride include KIB's creation of hundreds of green jobs for Indianapolis youth; more than eighty community-owned parks; and industry-leading work on mapping social and ecological stresses to plan and deliver the equitable planting and care of more than sixty-thousand trees. Dave also helped found and lead Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) a collective impact initiative dedicated to positive environmental and community change along Indianapolis waterways; and is past chair of the national Alliance for Community Trees, a network of community forestry organizations.

Dave has also served as a consultant to KAB, working one on one with affiliate leaders; and, developing KAB’s toolkit Increasing Your Affiliate’s Impact: Ingredients for Long-Term Success.

Dave has been recognized for his professional leadership, including the Arbor Day Foundation’s J. Sterling Morton Award for his lifelong commitment to trees and conservation; and the Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award from Keep America Beautiful (KAB.)

He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Shannon. They both are graduates of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In their spare time, they love to travel to beautiful places, hike and birdwatch.