Grace Terpstra is a recognized public policy advocate and strategist specializing in the fields of environmental marketing and economic policy particularly affecting forest products and manufacturers. Her career spans over 30 years in Washington and includes professional corporate and association positions as well as over 15 years of success as a business owner. She is a frequent public speaker and presenter, and has an extensive history working with all levels of elected officials, business leaders and non-profit organizations. She has had an integral role in building a myriad of coalitions, and associations as well as managing numerous issue advocacy and lobbying campaigns. Grace has recently taken the lead on two unprecedented marketing and promotion projects relating to US hardwood products, the Unified Hardwood Promotion project and Hardwood Checkoff initiative .
Grace holds a B.A. degree from Mississippi State University and an M.B.A. from Marymount University of Virginia. Grace serves on the Advisory Board of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University and is Chairman of the MSU DC alumni chapter. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Resources First Foundation and of the Watergate West Corporation and serves on the Board of Trustees for Arena Stage (the largest theater in the US devoted to American voices). She is a long-standing member of the John T. Ford (Ford's Theater) Society and Marymount University President's Circle. She is a trained adult literacy tutor, serving the Washington DC Literacy Volunteers of America; an accredited Mediator through the Commonwealth of Virginia; and Member/Volunteer at WPFW.fm, a non-profit jazz and community affairs radio station in Washington, DC.
Grace was the recipient of the Mississippi Forestry Association's 2005 President's Citation for her efforts in securing government response and relief to Mississippi forest owners in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.