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About Us

The concept for Urban Wood Economy took root in 2019 when two kindred souls met at a reclaimed wood meeting hosted by Taylor Guitars. Jeff Carroll and Michael Born shared a dream of taking urban and community wood reutilization to the next level by scaling up the volume of reclaimed wood and wood byproducts through the aggregation of wood “waste” from multiple sources.

By building systems that could receive and handle large amounts of wood and woody debris, Mike and Jeff envisioned an expansive urban and community wood marketplace—one that effectively captures landfill-bound carbon, has real impact on local economies, and generates enough revenue to be economically sustainable.

UWE Inc. is a national 501c (3) organization with pilot projects spread across the United States.

Our People


Jeff Carroll

Co-Founder and CEO

Mike Born

Co-Founder and Principal

Jennifer Judd

Director of Partnership and Outreach

Connor Haynie

Project Specialist

Mara Lind

Communications Associate and Writer

Board of Directors

Dipa Sharif-Ahmed

Center for Innovation and Impact, Bureau for Global Health

Don Winsett

Don Winsett Consulting (The Davey Tree Expert Company – Retired)

Hugo S. Lam

Maryland Transit Administration

Yenie Tran

Resource Management Service

John McElroy

Martin Guitar

Danny Torres

Deadwood Revival Design

Scott Ward

Fifth Estate Communications

Advisory Committee

Quinn Fowler

The Eymit Group

Tiffany E. Mrotek


R. NEal Elliott, Ph.D., P.E.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Wes Hopper

Consulting Arborist
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John Davis II

Technology and Public Policy Expert
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Rae Tamblyn

#ForestProud, Society of American Foresters