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Our Team

Michael Jenkins - President and CEO

Tel. - 202-298-3000   |   Email - mjenkins (at) forest-trends.org

Michael is President of Forest Trends. From 1989-1999, he was the Associate Director for the Global Security and Sustainability Program of the MacArthur Foundation. Michael's responsibilities with the Program included all grant-making in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as overarching program management. In 1998, Michael was in a joint appointment as a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank. Before entering the MacArthur Foundation, he worked for three years as an agroforester in Haiti with the USAID  Agroforestry Outreach Program. Previous to that, he worked with a Washington-based development organization, Appropriate Technology International, as a technical advisor. In the late 1970s, Michael was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay working in agriculture, apiculture, and forestry projects. He has traveled and worked throughout Latin America, Asia and parts of Africa, and speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, Creole and Guaraní. Michael has contributed to a number of books and articles, and with Island Press published "The Business of Sustainable Forestry: Strategies for an Industry in Transition". He holds a Master's of Forest Science from Yale University.

Tundi Spring Agardy - Director, Marine Ecosystem Services Program

Tel. - 240-505-9105   |   Email - tagardy (at) forest-trends.org

Tundi is an internationally renowned expert in marine conservation, with extensive field and policy experience in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, North America, and the Pacific. Tundi specializes in coastal planning and assessment, marine protected areas, fisheries management and ocean zoning, and has published widely in these fields. She founded Sound Seas in 2001 as an independent group working at the nexus of policy and science to promote marine conservation. At Forest Trends, she is heading up the MARES initiative – a program looking to protect Marine Ecosystem Services through Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) markets. Tundi works with international think tanks, foundations, multilaterals, museums and academic institutions, environmental groups, and consortia with interest in solving local and regional coastal and marine conservation problems. She completed her undergraduate work at Wellesley and Dartmouth Colleges and then received her Ph.D. in biological sciences and Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and was postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She has served as Senior Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund and began Conservation International’s Global Marine Program, which she oversaw as Senior Director. She also led the coastal portion of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment – a 3-year global analysis released in 2005 that represents the consensus of over a thousand scientists on the state of the world’s ecosystems.

Rebecca Asare - West Africa Coordinator, Katoomba Incubator

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - rasare (at) forest-trends.org

Rebecca is the Coordinator of the West Africa Katoomba Incubator.  She brings ten years of research and work experience on agroforestry, community-based natural resource management, and conservation in Africa.  Prior to joining the Incubator, Rebecca completed her doctoral thesis on the biophysical and social dynamics driving cocoa farm establishment and shade management in Ghana.   She has conducted policy and social research with the World Agroforestry Centre on agroforestry in buffer zones across the continent, and worked with WWF on a community conservation project in Cote d’Ivoire.  Rebecca served as a rural water and sanitation specialist with the U.S. Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University, in Hamilton, NY.  She received her Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and earned a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Since 2009, Rebecca has been spearheading efforts to develop community-based forest and agricultural carbon projects in multiple countries in West Africa.

Naomi Basik - Program Manager, Forest Trade and Finance

Tel. - +1 202 446 1984   |   Email - nbasik (at) forest-trends dot org

LogoNaomi Basik is a Manager with the Forest Trade and Finance Program. Her work focuses on developing strategies to combat illegal deforestation and associated trade through targeted research and outreach. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Naomi spent four years with the Rights and Resources Initiative, where she coordinated locally-driven efforts to advance forest tenure and policy reforms on behalf of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in Asia. During her time at RRI, Naomi also supported the development of a coalition-wide Gender Justice strategy. She received an MA in International Development Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs as well as a BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College. Her Masters’ coursework focused on participatory solutions to a wide array of resource governance and environmental justice issues, and brought her to Malawi as a consultant with The Hunger Project. Naomi has lived in Japan and briefly in Vietnam, and speaks Japanese. 

Michael T. Bennett - Senior Advisor

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - mbennett (at) forest-trends.org

Michael is an environmental economist based in NYC. He is leading Forest Trends’ efforts in China to track and assess current status and development in Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) programs and policies, to develop an Investment for Watershed Services (IWS) pilot project for the Miyun reservoir watershed in Beijing, and to identify and leverage opportunities to promote PES and other incentive/outcome-based programs for conservation and watershed protection/restoration. He has worked as an environmental consultant in China for several years, including close work with the Asian Development Bank to provide policy assistance to the Chinese government in the development of a national regulatory framework governing PES and PES-like programs. Prior to work with Forest Trends he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is currently a research fellow at the Environmental Economics Program in China, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University. In addition to general work on PES, his on-going research in China also includes: (i) Analysis of the impacts and implementation of the Conversion of Cropland to Forests and Grassland program, the largest afforestation PES program in the world; (ii) Analysis of the natural resource and rural income impacts of state forest sector reforms, and (iii) Rural household choice experiment assessments to feed into eco-compensation pilot programs in Jiangsu and Hebei provinces. His expertise and research interests include environmental valuation techniques, the microeconomics of land-use and land-use change, and the development of the institutions underlying markets for ecosystem services. Michael holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Genevieve Bennett - Senior Associate, Ecosystem Marketplace

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - gbennett (at) ecosystemmarketplace.com

Genevieve Bennett is a Senior Associate at Ecosystem Marketplace, contributing market tracking and analysis to both the water and biodiversity programs. She is the lead author of "Charting New Waters: State of Watershed Payments 2012," a co-author of the "State of Biodiversity Markets 2011" report, and has written on water and biodiversity finance for Ecosystem Marketplace as well as Environmental Finance magazine and The Little Biodiversity Finance Book. Prior to joining Ecosystem Marketplace, she managed a demand assessment project for the Willamette Partnership in Oregon, modeling how risk and uncertainty affect demand for environmental credits in the Willamette marketplace. Genevieve has also held positions at the United Nations, the NYU School of Public Service, the Breakthrough Institute, and as a lecturer with the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program. She holds an MS in Environmental Policy & Regulation from the London School of Economics and a BA from New York University.

Beto Borges - Director, Communities and Markets Program

Tel. - 707-400-6714   |   Email - bborges (at) forest-trends.org

Beto was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where he obtained an AA degree in industrial chemistry from Escola Técnica Oswaldo Cruz and worked as an ecotourism guide in the Atlantic rainforest, while pursuing nature photography and rock climbing. Beto holds a Bachelor's of Science in Conservation and Resources Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA in Strategic Leadership from the Dominican University of California. His previous work experience includes being Director of the Brazil Program of the Rainforest Action Network, promoting forest policies, community economic development and indigenous land demarcation in the Amazon region. He also worked for Aguirre International, evaluating environmental programs for AmeriCorp-USA during President Clinton's administration and was the Manager of Sustainable Harvesting at Shaman Pharmaceuticals, developing ethnobotanical drugs from rainforest medicinal plants. As the Executive Director of Adopt-A-Watershed, he worked on watershed conservation through place-based learning methodologies. Beto also was a Program Officer with the Goldman Environmental Foundation, selecting finalists for the Goldman Environmental Prize and evaluating project proposals for funding. Beto has also consulted for Aveda Cosmetics, Conservation International, Instituto Terra, Occupational Knowledge International, and Wildlife Conservation Network, among others. He was co-chair of Grantmakers Without Borders and currently sits on the board of the Global Greengrants Fund, Earth Island Institute, and the Environmental Law Defenders Center. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Jessica Breitfeller - Associate, Forest Trade and Finance Program

Tel. - 202-4461994   |   Email - JBreitfeller (at) forest-trends.org

Jessica Breitfeller is an Associate with the Forest Trade and Finance Program's REDD+ Expenditure Tracking Initiative (REDDX), working with the project's Latin American partners and government collaborators to collect information on REDD+ funding and implementation. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Jessica worked for several international conservation and development nonprofits, both in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, CA. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Central America on a broad range of topics including, community-based ecotourism, voluntary carbon offset projects, and indigenous rights and land tenure. Jessica holds dual MAs in International Affairs from American University's School of International Service and in Natural Resources & Sustainable Development from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She also received a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.

Kerstin Canby - Director, Forest Trade and Finance Program

Tel. - 202-298-3015   |   Email - kcanby (at) forest-trends.org

Kerstin is the Director of Forest Trends' Forest Trade and Finance Program, where she oversees the REDDX Initiative as well as the Forest Law and Governance workprogram. Her work focuses on the legislative, financial, and demand-side approaches which promote global trade and markets for legal timber, working intensively with governments from China, Vietnam, US and EU Member States. Increasingly, this work is highlighting illegal land use / conversion, the role of conversion timber in the global sourcing of wood fiber, and agricultural supply chains from legal or zero deforestation zones. The REDDX Initiative tracks international and national public finance for REDD+ and works with national partners and national REDD+ Focal Points to use the data for improved donor coordination, national gaps and needs analysis, and the development of national registrations and jurisdictional REDD+ programs. A significant portion of her time is spent on the China/East Asia region.

Prior to joining Forest Trends, Kerstin worked at the World Bank with the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Programs, coordinating the Africa FLEG ministerial process, providing training to local NGOs interested in developing independent monitoring networks, and developing forestry, protected areas and wetlands restoration World Bank loans and GEF grants. She has advised governments and stakeholders on REDD+ donor programs and FLEGT initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Kerstin has worked with the US Forest Service in Oregon (economic and land management analysis) and was the co-founder of an environmental education program in Durham, North Carolina. Kerstin holds a BA and Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University's School of Forest and Environmental Sciences, where she focused on economics, forestry, wetlands, and coastal ecosystems.

Peter Canine - Director of Finance

Tel. - (202) 446 1973   |   Email - pcanine (at) forest-trends.org

Peter is the Director of Finance for Forest Trends. He brings over twenty years of experience in non-profit accounting and financial management with proficiencies in process improvement, grant compliance, budgeting, A133 audits, and accounting systems design and implementation. He has been a C-level executive or consulted for U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Southeastern University, American Association of State Colleges & Universities, International Association of Chiefs of Police and KPMG. He holds a BS in Finance from Wilkes College, is a CPA (Maryland), a member of the AICPA, MACPA, and serves on the MACPA Not-for-Profit committee.

Nathaniel Carroll - Associate Director, Ecosystem Marketplace

Tel. - 202-446-1981   |   Email - ncarroll (at) forest-trends.org

Nathaniel is Associate Director of Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace. He has helped develop the biodiversity market program, co-authoring the book Conservation and Biodiversity Banking, and spearheading the design and launch of SpeciesBanking.com. Nathaniel currently directs the development of market-crosscutting projects for Ecosystem Marketplace, including the Ecosystem Services Matrix and MarketWatch, which help stakeholders understand the shape, relationship, and scope of ecosystem markets. In addition to his work with Ecosystem Marketplace, Nathaniel has worked with Forest Trends’ Business Development Facility and consulted to several eco-asset investment groups. Before joining Forest Trends, Nathaniel worked with a private forestry and real estate company in Panama, channeling private investment to restore degraded lands. Nathaniel spent two years with Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program and Conservation Tools Program. He has experience conducting ecological research, from the Rocky Mountains to Andes, from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to the Penobscot Bay. Nathaniel holds a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University and a Master's in Forest Science from Yale University.

Jan Cassin - Director, Water Initiative

Tel. - +1 (206) 295-9239   |   Email - JCassin (at) forest-trends.org

Jan is an ecologist with expertise in terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems.  Her career has emphasized applied research and practice in a wide range of water resource management issues – including integrated watershed management, environmental flows assessment, ecosystem services quantification, and innovative financial mechanisms such as wetland banking, and investments in watershed services (IWS). Jan directs Forest Trends’ work on investments in watershed services, and she has also worked with Forest Trends’ Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme to support and promote the use of best practices in biodiversity offsets and biodiversity conservation around the world.  Prior to joining Forest Trends, Jan received her Doctorate at the University of Michigan and worked for eleven years as a senior project manager and ecologist for Parametrix (a Seattle-based engineering and environmental consulting firm), and for nine years as a biologist for The Nature Conservancy.  Jan developed recommendations to the Puget Sound Partnership on the use of innovative financial mechanisms for the recovery of the Puget Sound ecosystem, worked with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund to establish a payments for services pilot for nitrogen removal by shellfish in Puget Sound, assisted BC Hydro develop performance measures for their long term environmental goal, and led studies evaluating impacts of flow alteration on aquatic ecosystems for King County. Jan has traveled extensively in Central and South America, has proficiency in Spanish, and enjoys photography, travel, kayaking, and hiking.

Elizabeth Correa - Staff Accountant

Tel. - (202) 446-1993   |   Email - ECorrea (at) forest-trends.org

Elizabeth Correa is Forest Trends’ Staff Accountant.  Prior to joining, she worked with Accretive Solutions, handling simultaneously the outsourced accounting, business, and management needs of several company contracts.  She brings with her 11 years of experience in accounting in different types of industries, including nonprofit organizations, construction companies, importer and exporter of produce, and outsourced accounting firms.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting (BA) from Florida International University and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA).

Phil Covell - Associate Director, Project Management and Finance

Tel. - 202-446-1977   |   Email - pcovell (at) forest-trends.org

Phil oversees Forest Trends’ portfolio of forest carbon projects and pilot investments in watershed services through the Katoomba Incubator. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Phil Covell developed and financed rural renewable energy enterprises in 23 countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, serving at different times as a founding director of Triodos PV Partners, Executive Director of Enersol Associates, Inc., and as Chief Financial Officer of Soluz, Inc.  He is a graduate of the School for International Training, holds an MBA from the University of California, Davis, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. 

Ben Dappen - Senior Web Developer

Tel. - 202-298-3010   |   Email - bdappen (at) forest-trends.org

Ben has worked with Forest Trends since November 2000 as Webmaster and IT Associate, and also provides design and publishing support. He also serves as a web developer for a number of Forest Trends' partners, including the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and Ecoagriculture Partners. Ben graduated from Reed College in 2004 with a History degree.

Susan Dobbertin - Senior Administrative Associate

Tel. - 202-446-1975   |   Email - sdobbertin (at) forest-trends.org

Susan joined the administrative team at Forest Trends in July 2008. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Susan’s experience with wildlife management and invasive species include internships and biological technician positions with the Central Pine Barrens Commission, the Nature Conservancy, Fire Island National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the SCA. She studied conservation biology at Warren Wilson College and graduated with honors in 2005 with a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies.

Rupert Edwards - Senior Finance and Carbon Advisor, Public Private Co-Finance Initiative

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - redwards (at) forest-trends.org

Rupert Edwards is Senior Finance and Carbon Advisor, Public Private Co-Finance Initiative. He provides thought leadership on topics related to REDD, climate finance and investment, the carbon markets, and valuing environmental benefits. He was formerly a Managing Director of Climate Change Capital, where roles included Head of Strategy Development and Head of Portfolio Management, Carbon Finance. Rupert has invested in low carbon projects in developing countries on behalf of the Climate Change Capital’s major institutional investor clients. He has authored and contributed to papers for the Climate Change Capital Think Tank on topics such as investment and climate change.   Rupert is often invited to participate as an expert on environmental finance issues, including with the US State Department, UK government, OECD, United Nations,  World Bank and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Energy Research Institute of China. From 1988-2002, Rupert worked in financial markets for US Bank, JPMorgan, including as head of European Government Bond Trading. Rupert has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London and an MA in History from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Gena Gammie - Manager, Water Initiative

Tel. - 202-446-1979   |   Email - ggammie (at) forest-trends.org

Gena is a Manager with Forest Trends’ Water Initiative. Previously, Gena contributed to carbon-focused project development and analysis under Forest Trends’ Katoomba Incubator. She has also supported the external relations efforts of McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice and analyzed the local impacts of national and international climate policy at ICLEI USA – Local Governments for Sustainability. Gena holds an MSc with Distinction in Environmental Policy & Regulation from the London School of Economics, where her dissertation focused on stakeholder engagement for sustainable watershed management, and a BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University.

Allie Goldstein - Senior Carbon Associate, Ecosystem Marketplace

Tel. - 202-446-1988   |   Email - AGoldstein (at) forest-trends.org

Allie Goldstein is an Associate with Ecosystem Marketplace. She manages the Forest Carbon Portal, writes news and analysis about environmental markets, and contributes to theState of the Voluntary Carbon Markets and State of the Forest Carbon Markets reports. Allie has previously worked as a reporter for a rural newspaper in Ecuador, a communications strategist for an environmental justice organization in Detroit, and a book editor for a publishing house in Boston. Prior to joining Forest Trends, she completed the Great American Adaptation Road Trip, a journey to document stories of climate resilience that received online coverage in The Atlantic, National Geographic, The Weather Channel, High Country News, and Orion magazine. Allie holds an MS from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment and a BA in English from Bates College.


Gloria Gonzalez - Carbon Program Manager

Tel. - (202) 446 - 1976   |   Email - ggonzalez (at) ecosystemmarketplace.com

Gloria is a senior associate in Ecosystem Marketplace's Carbon Program where she reports and writes stories for Ecosystem Marketplace's website and contributes to the State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets and State of the Forest Carbon Markets reports. Prior to joining the Ecosystem Marketplace team, Gloria was the Americas Editor of Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance magazines. Gloria graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree in magazine journalism and political science.   

Kelley Hamrick - Carbon Associate, Ecosystem Marketplace

Tel. - +1 (202)-446-1985    |   Email - khamrick (at) ecosystemmarketplace.com

Kelley is a Carbon Program Associate at Ecosystem Marketplace. She contributes to the State of reports and is the key contact for managing the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstove's Results Report.  Prior to joining Ecosystem Marketplace, she interned at the U.S. Embassy Copenhagen's Environment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH) Regional Hub, which coordinates ESTH issues among eleven Nordic/Baltic U.S. missions and their respective states. Kelley has also held internships at the International Food Policy Research Institute, the U.S. Department of State's Office of Environment and Conservation and the Grameen Foundation. She graduated from American University with Honors in International Studies in 2012, with a concentration in Global Environmental Policy. 

Frank Hicks - Manager, Africa, Katoomba Group - Incubator

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - fhicks (at) forest-trends.org

Frank Hicks is Manager for Africa of the Katoomba Group Incubator Initiative at Forest Trends. In this role, Frank is responsible for leading and strengthening the Incubator projects in East and West Africa and for developing a strategy for growth and coordination with other partner organizations’ initiatives in the region. Frank also works as a consultant for Bio-Logical Capital. Prior to working with Bio-Logical Capital, Frank was Director of the Business Development Facility at Forest Trends. He also was Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Rainforest Alliance, and Vice President with Organic Commodity Products, an organic chocolate company based in San José, Costa Rica. Frank has also worked as Program Manager for TechnoServe in Ghana. He was the regional representative based in the Philippines for the Biodiversity Conservation Network and worked as a Program Officer with the Ford Foundation based in Nigeria and New York City. He is currently a board member of Root Capital  and a former board member of the Nature Conservancy’s EcoEnterprises Fund and a former advisor to Ecoagriculture Partners. He is also a founder of SourceTrace Systems, a company that develops software applications for remote microfinance and agricultural supply chain transactions. Frank earned a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on international development, and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in Human Biology.

Amanda Jorgenson - Program Manager of AIME

Tel. - 202-446-1991   |   Email - AJorgenson (at) forest-trends.org

Amanda Jorgenson is the Program Manager of AIME.  She brings more than 20 years of non-profit management experience in natural resource management and conservation. Prior to Forest Trends, Amanda served as executive director of the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, the Society for Ecological Restoration, the California Native Plant Society and Fundación Natura-Colombia.  As Country Program Coordinator, she helped the Wildlife Conservation Society establish its conservation program in Ecuador.  She holds a MA in Latin American Studies/Tropical Conservation and Development from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) and a BS in Biology from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. For her MA thesis she conducted a biological and socio-economic study of chicle (latex of Manilkara zapota tree) extraction by Maya Indians in Quintana Roo, Mexico.  Amanda was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia.

Kerry ten Kate - Director, Business and Biodiversity Offset Program

Tel. - +44 (207) 244-8327   |   Email - ktenkate (at) forest-trends.org

Kerry ten Kate directs Forest Trends’ Biodiversity Initiative and is also the Director of the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP): a consortium of over 70 companies, banks, government agencies and NGOs working for no net loss of biodiversity in the context of development projects.  Formerly a barrister practising in London, Kerry served on the Secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 (the "Rio Earth Summit") then founded the consultancy Environmental Strategies.  She was Director of Investor Responsibility at asset manager Insight Investment and policy adviser and head of the CBD Unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kerry has written over 100 articles for publications including Science and International Affairs, broadcast for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and is a member of the UK’s Natural Capital Committee.  She’s a member of IUCN's Species Survival Commission, a Conservation Fellow at the Zoological Society of London and a member of the Aldersgate Group.

Sarah Lowery - Project Manager, Public-Private Co-Finance Initiative

Tel. - +1 (202) 446-1983   |   Email - slowery (at) forest-trends.org

Sarah manages the Public Private Co-Finance Initiative’s projects throughout the world, including working with public and private sector partners to understand the financing needed to support REDD and a transition to low emissions, zero deforestation land use and subsequently develop financial architectures that can provide financial support. She is working with partners on the ground to analyze various types of existing financing, tools and mechanisms and then to better align current financing towards jurisdictions’ emissions reductions and rural development goals. Sarah has presented at various meetings and events – e.g., to the Brazilian Governors’ Forests and Climate Change Task Force – on State of the Voluntary Carbon Market and opportunities for jurisdictions to monetize REDD and other ecosystem assets, attract climate finance and other funds, and strategically deploy funds to attract greater private sector investment in REDD and related activities (including zero deforestation agriculture). Prior to joining Forest Trends, Sarah was a consultant with firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton and ECODIT (a niche environmental consulting firm). She assisted clients in understanding the financial and ecological implications of changes in land use and forestry regimes, developing sustainable financing plans for protected areas, and assessing the impacts of environmental programs. Her consulting work has included projects in Belize, Central Africa, Colombia, Jamaica, Jordan, Russia, and Spain. Sarah completed her MBA at the Yale School of Management and a Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Patrick Maguire - Program Manager, Business and Biodiversity Offset Program

Tel. - 202-298-3011   |   Email - pmaguire (at) forest-trends.org

Patrick is the Program Manager of Forest Trends' Business and Biodiversity Offset Program (BBOP). Patrick has ten years of experience managing diverse international conservation and development programs. Previous work included managing community forestry-based enterprises in Nepal for the World Wildlife Fund; helping to establish the Conservation Finance Alliance and overseeing the development of a guide on innovative conservation financing while at The Nature Conservancy; and serving as a consultant to USAID’s Biodiversity and Forestry Team with Chemonics Inc. Patrick received his Master of International Relations and Resource and Environmental Management from Boston University. As BBOP Program Manager, Patrick’s responsibilities include coordinating the work of the BBOP Secretariat, liaising with pilot projects, helping develop biodiversity offset methodologies and the BBOP toolkit, developing funding proposals, budget management, and coordinating program meetings.

Deborah L. McKay - Director of Operations

Tel. - 202-298-3003   |   Email - dmckay (at) forest-trends.org

Deborah is Director of Operations at Forest Trends. She manages the grants administration process, is responsible for drafting and approving contracts and agreements that define consultant and  partner organizational relationships. She supports the organization’s donor outreach and fundraising efforts, and contributes to major grants management activities. Deborah  is also responsible for HR functions and is Assistant Secretary to the FT Board of Directors . Prior to joining Forest Trends, Deborah worked for the World Bank in the office of the Executive Director representing Italy, Portugal, Malta, and Albania. She managed stores for The Timberland Company and ran a commercial department for United Colors of Benetton in Washington, D.C. She speaks Portuguese and Italian fluently, and Spanish and French proficiently. Deborah holds a BA History from the University of São Paulo, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Carlos Muñoz Piña - Director, Resource Economics

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LogoCarlos has a degree on economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, with graduate studies in environmental economics at University College London, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley.  Over the last two decades Dr. Muñoz-Piña has worked as an environmental and resource economist for the Mexican Federal government, the World Bank, the London Environmental Economics Centre, the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal and the Resources Renewal Institute in San Francisco. Carlos has several publications on the topics of environmental taxes, common property resources, poverty and the environment, economic valuation of ecosystems, water economics and policy, migration, the economics of deforestation and climate change mitigation, and the payment of environmental services. He has taught microeconomics and environmental economics courses at several universities in Mexico and California and has undertaken pro bono work with civil society organizations on environment and development topics. Between 2001 and 2011, Dr. Muñoz-Piña headed the Environmental Economics and Public Policy Research Division at the Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE), the research agency of the Mexican Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment. At INE, the teams he led were responsible for key initiatives on economic instruments for environmental policy; among those are the design of the fisheries buyback scheme to protect endangered marine mammals, the initiative to reduce and decouple energy subsidies to protect over-exploited aquifers, and the design of the Mexican system of Payments for Hydrological Environmental Services (PSAH).  Starting 2012 he will be taking the position of distinguished visiting professor at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Jacob Olander - Director, Katoomba Incubator

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - jolander (at) ecodecision.com.ec

Jacob has lived and worked in Latin America since for 20 years developing initiatives aiming to create economic benefits for communities, businesses and organizations engaged in biodiversity conservation. In 1995 he co-founded EcoDecisión, a firm specializing in conservation finance and payment for ecosystem services. Based in Quito, Ecuador, Jacob manages the Katoomba Incubator. The Incubator mobilizes targeted technical, business, financial, and marketing support to promising PES projects with strong community and biodiversity benefits.

Molly Peters-Stanley - Director, Ecosystem Marketplace - Carbon

Tel. - 202-298-3005   |   Email - mpeters-stanley (at) ecosystemmarketplace.com

Molly Peters-Stanley is Associate Director of Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace. Previously, Molly analyzed voluntary and compliance carbon markets as a climate policy officer in South Australia's Department of Premier and Cabinet, Sustainability and Climate Change Division. There, she researched and wrote recommendations on behalf of the Division addressing the intersection of federal climate policies and the voluntary carbon market. Molly also composed South Australia's contribution to the international States and Regions Statement of Action on Climate Change presented to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer in Poznan, Poland,  December 2008. Molly's expertise also includes regional resource accounting and spatial analysis of climate change projections and adaptation strategies.   Molly received her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, School of Public Policy and Management. She pursued this degree as a Public Policy and International Affairs fellow.

Dang Viet Quang - Program Analyst, Forest Trade and Finance

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - dquang (at) forest-trends.org

Dang Viet Quang is a native of Vietnam. He focuses on forest production, timber trade flows, legal frameworks, and many other issues as they relate to the REDD+ and FLEGT VPA initiatives.
He has a PhD from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. His PhD dissertation focused on the relationship between humankind and the natural environment.

Nguyen Vinh Quang - Program Analyst, Forest Trade and Finance

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - nquang (at) forest-trends.org

Quang joined Forest Trends in July 2013 as a Program Analyst for the Forest Trade and Finance Program. He is based in Vietnam where he focuses on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, sustainable forest management, and enhancement and maintenance of carbon stocks (REDD+), and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES). Most recently Quang worked for the REDD+ Program of the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) in Vietnam, focusing on integration of multiple benefits into REDD+. He also has extensive experience working on climate change, natural (forest) resource management and conservation, forest policy and tenure. Quang holds a Ph.D in Forest Sciences from Kyushu University in Japan (2008), an M.Sc. in Social Development from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines (2003), and a BA in Business Administration from Hanoi National Economics University in Vietnam (1997).

Carlos Quintela - Program Associate, Water Initiative

Tel. - +1 (202) 446-1974   |   Email - CQuintela (at) forest-trends.org

Carlos Quintela is a Program Associate with the Water Initiative. Previously, he managed USAID-funded projects in Latin America at Chemonics International and supported the internal environment and natural resources community of practice there. Carlos has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Environmental Policy from the College of William and Mary. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Brazil and speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Mahmood Rahimi - Web Developer and IT Associate

Tel. - +1 (202) 298-3008   |   Email - mrahimi (at) forest-trends.org

Mahmood supports Forest Trends' web development and IT support needs. He has several years of experience in web development in wide variety of programing languages.
Prior to working at Forest Trends, Mahmood was a web developer at Rhodes International in Utah.

Michael Richards - Naural Resources Economist

Tel. - +44 1993 779133   |   Email - mrichards (at) forest-trends.org

Michael is a natural resources economist with over 30 years research and development experience in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Currently based in the UK, he is working primarily in support of the Katoomba Group work in West and East Africa, and on the development of social impact assessment methods for multiple-benefit carbon projects. Previous experience includes 8 years as a Research Fellow with the UK Overseas Development Institute, and long-term assignments in Ghana, Honduras, Malawi, Mexico and Sri Lanka working in smallholder agriculture, forestry and rural development. He has worked extensively on policy, institutional and methodology issues around payments for ecoystem services, participatory forest management and economic incentives for sustainable forestry management (SFM). He holds a PhD from the University of Glamorgan in Wales, an MSc in Agricultural Economics from University of London, and a BA in Land Economy from University of Cambridge.

Eve Richer - Senior Forest Trade and Finance Associate

Tel. - 202-298-3006   |   Email - ericher (at) forest-trends.org

Eve Richer is an Associate with the Forest Trade and Finance Program. She has extensive international experience, including working on community development projects in Nicaragua and teaching English in a rural farming village in Spain. A Fulbright Fellowship took her to São Paulo in 2009, where she developed education projects and conducted cross-cultural research with colleagues in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, and France. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Eve worked in TV production for clients such as National Geographic, Travel Channel, and Discovery. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. 

Jade Saunders - Senior Policy Analyst, Forest Trade and Finance Program

Tel. - +44 (0) 781-506-3356   |   Email - JSaunders (at) forest-trends.org

Jade Saunders is currently a Senior Policy Analyst at Forest Trends. She has been an Associate Fellow of the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House since 2002, working extensively on forest governance. Between 2007 and 2010 she was a policy analyst in the European Forestry Institute’s (EFI) FLEGT Facility, responsible for policy analysis and strategic advice and support on governance and trade matters to the European Commission in the negotiation and implementation of FLEGT VPAs (a series of bilateral trade/aid agreements between the EU and timber-producing developing countries). Jade has also worked on environment, development and trade issues in a number of other sectors including global textile supply chains, natural resources and conflict, marine governance, the trade in illegal ozone-depleting substances, sustainable tourism in least developed states and climate change. She has degrees in international history and politics (BA, University of Leeds), and social anthropology (MSc, University College London).

Brian Schaap - Senior REDDX Program Associate, Forest Trade and Finance Program

Tel. - 202-4461997   |   Email - bschaap (at) forest-trends.org

Brian is an Associate with the Forest Trade and Finance Program's REDD+ Expenditure Tracking Initiative (REDDX), working primarily with the project's African and Asian country partners to identify and report international and national REDD+ financing arrangements. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan prior to joining Forest Trends, Brian collaborated with a team of students and professors in the publication of a report entitled "Community Forest Management and REDD+", commissioned by the World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR). His thesis research investigated the national policies and localized impacts of the REDD+ pilot process in Tanzania, relying on interviews with forest dependent communities, national government officials, and international donors. Brian also partnered with researchers from the Climate Economics Chair (Paris) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) in the creation of a comprehensive database of global REDD+ projects, aiming to enable more rigorous analysis of the emerging global REDD+ landscape. Before beginning his graduate studies, Brian worked for an international relief and development organization as an agricultural project technician in rural Tanzania, and also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer assisting refugees recently resettled to the U.S. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Calvin College, and a Masters of Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Lina Scott - Administrative Associate, Forest Trade and Finance

Tel. - +1 (202) 446-1986   |   Email - lscott (at) forest-trends.org

As an Administrative Associate, Lina helps manage Forest Trade and Finance's many contracts, edits publications and reports, and provides event planning support. Prior to joining Forest Trends, she worked for several non-profits in the D.C. area. Most recently, she worked for the Alice Ferguson Foundation as a program assistant for the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English and also minored in Environmental Science.

Gustavo A. Silva-Chávez - Program Manager, Forest Trade and Finance

Tel. - 202-446-1980   |   Email - GSilva (at) forest-trends.org

Gustavo A. Silva-Chávez is Program Manager of Forest Trade and Finance Program’s REDD+ Expenditure Tracking Initiative (REDDX). He has spent over a decade working on international climate change issues related to the UN Climate negotiations, including efforts to create a post-2020 global climate regime. He has also worked on US climate legislation at the federal and state level. His main areas of expertise are forest issues, including REDD, land use change, and agricultural policies, including commodity roundtables. Gustavo has also worked on domestic greenhouse gas activities, including the federal 1605(b) voluntary greenhouse gas reporting program, and corporate greenhouse gas accounting and reporting for the private sector. Prior to coming to Forest Trends, Gustavo worked at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) for over 11 years, where he was a climate and forests specialist and the REDD+ project manager in the international climate program. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1998 with a BA in political science and a minor in economics, and in 2000 received an MPP in international climate policy.

Xiufang Sun - Program Analyst, Forest Trade and Finance, China

Tel. - +86-10-82724177   |   Email - xsun (at) forest-trends.org

Xiufang works with Forest Trends as an Analyst, based out of Beijing, China. She holds an MS in Forest Products Marketing and Management from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an MA of Engineering in Management from Jilin University of Technology in Changchun, Jilin Province in China. Most recently Xiufang held the position of Agricultural Specialist in the Agricultural Affairs Office (USDA/FAS) in the United States Embassy in Beijing. Her responsibilities included market analysis reporting for China’s forestry and forest products, tracking market and policy changes for other commodities assigned, facilitating negotiations between the U.S. and Chinese officials for trade conflicts in the agricultural sector (including forest products)and serving as interpreter for such negotiations when needed. In addition, Xiufang has worked as a consultant to the WWF China Program. She has prepared and delivered numerous presentations on hardwood use in China’s furniture industry and on potentials for exporting forest products in China. Her research has been published in various publications including the Journal of Forestry and the Forest Products Journal.

Eric Swanson - Chief Operating Officer

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - eswanson (at) forest-trends.org

LogoEric is the COO of Forest Trends where he provides strategic guidance, resource development and operational management for key programs on private and public finance, impact investing, biodiversity offsets and other emerging areas of environmental finance. Prior to this role, Eric served as managing director of WWF’s Conservation Finance and Conservation Strategies and Measures programs where he had oversight of WWF’s environmental finance projects including carbon finance, impact investing, biodiversity offsets, conservation trust funds, debt for nature swaps, and in-country fee, tax and compensation programs. In previous positions, Eric served as Executive Vice President and COO of Common Cause, Executive Director of the Radio Television News Foundation, and various senior positions in conservation. He has an MBA from Georgetown University and double BS degrees in wildlife biology and environmental policy from University of Vermont. He serves or has served on several boards including the UN’s City Climate Finance Leadership Alliance steering committee, the Proyecto Mirador Foundation, Independent Sector, Image Television Group, South River Federation and others.

David Tepper - Director, Public-Private Co-Finance Initiative

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - dtepper (at) forest-trends.org

David Tepper is the Director of the Public-Private Co-Finance Initiative. David started his career at Merrill Lynch where he spent twelve years working on corporate finance and acquisition transactions in Europe and the US.  He now is one of the leading investors in the carbon markets and was responsible for the carbon finance team that managed over $1billion for Climate Change Capital from 2005 to 2007 and during that time invested over $800m in carbon reduction projects. Over the last few years he has been focused on using carbon finance to accelerate land restoration, conservation and sustainable land use around the world. David  is an expert on structuring private sector finance with emerging climate change regulatory and voluntary markets. He advises governments, multi-laterals project developers, and private investors on the design of terrestrial carbon finance opportunities. David is developing public private sector mechanisms and financial architecture in the emerging REDD markets and is also the Managing Partner of The Earth Partners www.theearthpartners.com, a North American-based ecological developer, using carbon finance to facilitate landscape-level restoration.  The Earth Partners has developed a soil quantification methodology and has been testing the method and its applications on low carbon farming and land restoration projects at the landscape level on a number of projects around the world. David also advises billionaire family offices on investment opportunties in  sustainable land use and carbon markets.

Anne Thiel - Communications Manager

Tel. - 202-446-1982   |   Email - athiel (at) forest-trends.org

Anne supports Forest Trends' internal and external communications activities. She returned to Forest Trends in 2010 in the capacity of Communications Associate, a position she also held from 2003 to 2005. From 2006 to 2009 Anne worked with Sustainable Finance Ltd., where she managed the company's US operations. Prior to joining Forest Trends in 2003, Anne worked at the World Resources Institute as executive assistant, development coordinator, and project management associate. Anne holds a Ph.D. in German Studies from Georgetown University.


Phuc Xuan To - Program Analyst, Forest Trade and Finance, Southeast Asia

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - pto (at) forest-trends.org

Phuc is the Southeast Asia Analyst for the Forest Trade and Finance Program, based in Hanoi, Vietnam. He received his doctoral degree in Geography at Humboldt University in Berlin in 2007, where he also worked as a junior researcher at the Junior Research Group on Post-socialist Land Relations. His dissertation examines the political economy of the forest sector in Vietnam, with particular attention given to the dynamics of access and control over forestland and forest resources. From 2007 to 2009, Phuc was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Anthropology Department at the University of Toronto, where he was involved in a research project entitled “The Challenges of Agrarian Transitions in Southeast Asia” (ChATSEA). Currently, in addition to his work with Forest Trends, Phuc continues to work with ChATSEA and serves as a Research Fellow at the Asia Institute at the University of Toronto.

Amrei von Hase - Science Coordinator, Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - avonhase (at) forest-trends.org

Amrei is an ecologist with specific expertise in landscape and conservation planning, impact assessment, biodiversity management, and best practice in biodiversity offsetting. Her current position is as Scientific Advisor for Forest Trends' Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme, where she has been leading the development of best practice guidance on biodiversity management and offset design based on experience with private and public sector projects and partnerships across the world (including in Africa, East Asia, Latin America, and Europe). This work also includes close engagement with environmental and social safeguard policies and performance standards in the finance sector (e.g., International Finance Corporation, Equator Banks).

Amrei has a Doctorate in Ecology and Conservation Biology (University of Cape Town). She has worked with the Botanical Society of South Africa and as an independent environmental consultant, providing scientific and biodiversity planning and conservation expertise, and managing projects for various clients in the non-governmental and government sector in South Africa.

Arthur Werneck - Program Associate, Communities and Markets Program

Tel. - +1-202-298-3009   |   Email - awerneck (at) forest-trends.org

Arthur Werneck is the Program Associate for the Communities and Markets Initiative, where he works with partners in South and Central America on community involvement in understanding and developing payment for ecosystem services. Arthur has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Wesleyan University, where he studied in the Science in Society Program. He is a dual citizen of Brazil and the United States and speaks fluent English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Nikia Wilson - Senior Accountant

Tel. - 202-298-3013   |   Email - nwilson (at) forest-trends.org

Nikia is the Senior Accountant for Forest Trends that works with our diverse program team for our contract/ grant financial reporting needs, assisting with complex audit requirements and other accounting procedures. With over ten years of accounting experience which includes budgeting, financial analysis and business management, her background spans both corporate and non-profit organizations. She has worked with the Washington, D.C. non-profit, American Rivers and more recently was the Senior Accountant for a subsidiary of JP Morgan Chase. She has worked under grants and contracts with agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection, The World Bank (U.S. and abroad) and IMF. She holds a Bachelors’ of Science degree in Accounting and obtaining her Masters’ degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. 

Sebastian Winkler - Senior Policy Advisor, Forest Trends Biodiversity Initative and Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - swinkler (at) forest-trends.org

Sebastian is Senior Policy Advisor at Forest Trends' Biodiversity Initiative and the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program. He has been working since 2010 as an independent sustainability consultant, including as Director for Europe for the Global Footprint Network and Senior Advisor Sustainability & Strategy for what is potentially the largest gold mine in Europe. In 2010, Sebastian was part of the Spanish European Union Presidency team and supported the country in a number of international and European biodiversity negotiations. From 1997 to early 2010 he worked for IUCN, where he was Environmental Economist, 1997-1999; Special Assistant to the Director General, 1999-2000; covered outreach and fundraising (as Acting Head, Conservation Finance and Donor Relations Unit, 2000-2003); and Senior Policy Officer, 2003 - 2005 with a particular focus on energy, climate change and trade. Finally he headed the Countdown 2010 Secretariat while he was IUCN’s Senior Advisor on European Policy (2005-2010).
Prior to joining IUCN, Sebastian worked with UNEP's Economics, Environment and Trade Unit in Geneva covering aspects such as Trade Policy, Sustainable Finance with banking and the insurance industry. In 1995, he worked for the World Food Program's Office of Evaluation. In 1993, he worked for Mexico's Deputy Minister of Environment. He speaks fluent German, English, French and Spanish, and has a good working knowledge of Italian and Portuguese. Besides that, he sits on the Board of (i) Internews Europe; (ii) European Business and Biodiversity Campaign; (iii) Bioregional North America; and (iv) Global Nature Fund.

Steve Zwick - Editor, Ecosystem Marketplace

Tel. - None Listed   |   Email - szwick (at) ecosystemmarketplace.com

Steve Zwick is the Managing Editor of the Ecosystem Marketplace. Before joining the Ecosystem Marketplace, Steve was a contributing writer to the site, as well as to several other magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. He also hosts the current affairs program Newslink on Deutsche Welle Radio, and has been short-listed twice for the World Leadership Forum's Business Journalist of the Year Award. He attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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