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Michael Jenkins

Founding President and CEOMichael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins is the founding President and CEO of Forest Trends. From 1989-1999, he was the Associate Director for the Global Security and Sustainability Program of the MacArthur Foundation. 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 agro-forester in Haiti with the USAID Agroforestry Outreach Program. Previous to that, he was a technical advisor for a Washington-based development organization, Appropriate Technology International. 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 holds a Master’s of Forest Science from Yale University and has contributed to and authored numerous books/publications, including The Business of Sustainable Forestry: Strategies for an Industry in Transition and Capital Markets and Sustainable Forestry: Opportunities for Investment.

In 2010 he received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and in 2015 the Social Entrepreneur Award from the Schwab Foundation. Also in 2015, Forest Trends was awarded the 2015 Award for Creative and Effective Institutions from the MacArthur Foundation.

Maria do Carmo Barcellos

Gender and Cultural Mediators LeadCommunities and Territorial Governance Initiative

Maria do Carmo Barcellos is a geographer and indigenous rights advocate, who specializes in climate change and cooperative carbon management.  She has 42 years of work experience in different fronts, with various indigenous peoples, including 38 years with the Paiter Surui.  She has considerable knowledge and experience in the development of diverse actions with indigenous populations in different stages of contact with the surrounding population.  She has management experience with non-government organizations and negotiation of projects and recognize ability in institutional articulation with NGOs and governmental institutions. She shows a strong ability to work with different cultures, rural, and marginalized populations, and has solid experience in the pedagogical planning exercises. She is an environmental educator with a focus on climate change, astronomy and cosmology. She has great experience in carrying out diagnostic processes (socio-economic and cultural, institutional diagnostics with a focus on indigenous associations and small rural producers).  She was the founder and president of CERNIC (Center for Children’s Neurological Rehabilitation of Cacoal) and founder and coordinator of PACA (Cacoal Environmental Protection).

Naomi Basik Treanor

Senior ManagerForest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

Naomi Basik Treanor is Manager of the Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative’s work on illegal logging, governance, and trade. Naomi brings nearly a decade of experience and education at the intersection of development, environment, and human rights, most recently with the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) where she coordinated efforts in Asia to connect government and civil society decision-makers and catalyze advances in forest tenure reform. While at RRI, Naomi developed and mainstreamed institutional systems on measuring impact and gender justice, and contributed to numerous reports on the state of resource rights. She has also advised The Hunger Project on participatory evaluation methods in community-led anti-poverty programs. Naomi earned an MA in International Development Studies from The George Washington University, and a BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College.

Genevieve Bennett

Director of Communications

Genevieve Bennett leads Forest Trends’ communications team, where she is responsible for developing and executing outreach strategies in support of Forest Trends’ organizational and fundraising goals. Genevieve works to advance Forest Trends’ mission through creative, content-driven communications, meaningful engagement of our coalitions of partners and thought leaders in the field, and strengthened internal capacity for communications.

Genevieve has expertise in environmental markets and finance, and has written extensively for Forest Trends and trade and academic publications including Environmental Finance magazine, Civil Engineering, and Nature, on topics including biodiversity finance, natural infrastructure, eco-entreprenuership, strategies for scaling public and private conservation investments, and other market cross-cutting issues. Prior to joining Forest Trends she managed a demand assessment project for the Willamette Partnership in Oregon, and has also held positions with the Breakthrough Institute, the NYC Commission to the United Nations, and NYU Wagner School of Public Service. She holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from New York University.

Lilit Bodakowski

Finance Controller

Lilit Bodakowski has over 11 years of experience in the nonprofit finance and accounting field. Her experience ranges from small local membership nonprofits to large international organizations with a variety of different donors. Some of her expertise is in the area of accounting, annual audits, project audits, annual financial and management reporting,  donor reporting, compliance, internal controls, and financial risk management.

Beto Borges

DirectorCommunities and Territorial Governance Initiative

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. Previously, he was 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 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, and 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.

Oly Bracho


Oly Bracho is the Chief Financial Officer at Forest Trends. In this role, she is responsible for managing the institution’s financial affairs, and in conjunction with the Board of Directors and senior leadership team, ensures that the organization makes sound strategic decisions on the use of its resources and operates in an effective and fiscally sound manner. 

Ms. Bracho has over 20 years of experience in international finance and operations with global nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Forest Trends, she held the positions of Vice President of Finances and Operations at Women for Women International and Rare Conservation, where she led all financial aspects of the organization and oversaw its legal, information technology, annual planning and budgeting. Before Women for Women and Rare Conservation, Ms. Bracho worked at Conservation International (CI) as the Senior Operations Director for Field Programs, where she led efforts to formulate and implement sustainable financing strategies. She also worked at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) leading financial and operational functions.

Ms. Bracho holds a Master’s degree in International Management, specializing in international finance from the University of Maryland, where she also received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Ms. Bracho speaks fluent English and Spanish

Brenda Bucheli

Cross-cutting Themes Lead, Natural Infrastructure for Water Security (NIWS) ProjectWater Initiative

Brenda Buchelli is a specialist in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects, Organizational Development, and Information and Knowledge Management. Brenda manages the ‘cross-cutting’ activities of the NIWS project – monitoring, evaluation and learning; capacity-building; knowledge management; and gender and vulnerable populations. She has more than 25 years of experience supporting project design, adaptive management, knowledge management and capacity building and more than 20 years of experience with USAID-funded projects. She has most recently worked as the Service Unit Director of the USAID-funded Andean Amazon Conservation Initiative (ICAA), providing strategic guidance around work plan implementation and capacity-building, M&E services to USAID. Brenda has also provided consulting experience to over 50 assignments with organizations like the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the McKnight Foundation and the International Agency for Agriculture Development, and holds an MA in Human Resources and Knowledge Management.

Kerstin Canby

Senior DirectorForest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

Kerstin is Senior Director of Forest Trends’ Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative, overseeing Forest Trends’ work on regulatory and market approaches to promote legal and sustainable production and associated trade of timber and other commodities harvested from forest areas, as well as policy and public finance for forests. 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. 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 developing natural resources management projects and grants, and other forest governance programs. She has advised governments and stakeholders on REDD+ donor programs and FLEGT initiatives in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She has also worked with the US Forest Service in Oregon 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.

Jan Cassin

DirectorWater Initiative

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; 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.

Jackelin Chacaltana

Technical Assistant, Natural Infrastructure for Water Security (NIWS) Project Water Initiative

Jackelin Chacaltana has six years of experience managing international development projects, providing oversight of project staff, administration, finances as well as overseeing the monitoring and evaluation of project impacts. Jackelin supports multiple aspects of NIWS Project coordination and logistics. She has professional experience in high mountain water management/ecosystem conservation projects, including at CARE Peru, where she oversaw the first agreement of ecosystem service remuneration between the city of Huancaya and the Aco-palca community. Jackelin has a BA in Computer Engineering, and is currently working towards an MA in Project Management at the University of Lima.

Terry Chen

Senior Staff Accountant

Zhuoran Terry Chen is a Junior Accountant in the finance team of Forest Trends, where he assists and processes Accounts Payable functions, reviews and processes staff timesheets, and help with month-end close. He also supports financial reporting processes, reconciles bank accounts, and other balance sheet accounts, and provides support for grant project audits and annual organizational audit. 

Terry holds an MS in Accounting with a graduate certificate in forensic accounting from George Mason University and a BA from Renmin University of China.

Renan Claudio

Knowledge Management Coordinator, Natural Infrastructure for Water Security (NIWS) ProjectWater Initiative

Renan Claudio leads knowledge management for the NIWS Project and has expertise in social analysis, social management, knowledge management and systematization and communication of lessons learned and best practices. Renan also has experience in development projects for public sector and international development agencies. He has a B.A. in Sociology from San Marcos University.

Grace Cook

Program AssociateForest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

Grace Cook is a Program Associate with the Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative. Grace brings several years of experience and education at the intersection of international development, climate change and environment, and private sector social impact. She has advised and worked on corporate social responsibility projects in the construction and engineering, transportation, pharmaceutical, and banking sectors in partnership with multinational corporations as well as local and international nonprofit organizations–many of which involved heavy environmental components. Her recent work includes an in-country evaluation of water access and delivery in the informal settlements around Nairobi, aimed at informing future private sector infrastructure projects in similar contexts. Grace earned an MA in International Development Studies and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Stephen Donofrio

DirectorEcosystem Marketplace

Stephen is Director of Ecosystem Marketplace and the Supply Change initiative, where he is responsible for overall initiative strategy development, relationship creation, management of partners and collaborators, stakeholder coordination, corporate engagement, public speaking, and report writing. In addition, Stephen is Principal & Founder of Greenpoint Innovations, a purposed-based company that integrates innovative technologies, the arts, and in-depth subject-matter expertise to contribute to a sustainable, resilient, and prosperous future. Previously, Stephen was Vice President of CDP North America (Carbon Disclosure Project) – where he managed the region’s corporate disclosure program, partnerships and innovation, and CDP Canada. Stephen was earlier Economist at Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) – where he administered the Offsets Program, managed member and partner accounts, and provided research and analysis of environmental markets, regulations, policies, and programs.

Rupert Edwards

Senior Finance and Carbon AdvisorPublic-Private Finance Initiative

Rupert Edwards is Senior Advisor, Public Private Finance Initiative. He provides thought leadership on topics related to REDD+, climate finance and investment, carbon markets, and valuing environmental benefits. He was formerly a Managing Director of Climate Change Capital (2004-11), where roles included Head of Portfolio Management, Carbon Finance, and where he invested in low- carbon projects in developing countries on behalf of major institutional investor clients. From 1988 to 2002, he worked in financial markets for US bank JPMorgan, including as Head of European Government Bond trading. Rupert has also acted as a consultant to the World Bank, and has authored and contributed to a number of papers on topics such as investment and climate change. He is often invited to participate as an expert on environmental finance issues, including with the US State Department, UK government, OECD, United Nations and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, as well as with government ministries in forest countries such as Brazil and Peru and with other NGOs. Rupert has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London and an MA in History from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Kevin Fertig

Senior AssociateForest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

Kevin Fertig is a Senior Associate with the Forest Trade and Finance Program. His work focuses on developing strategies to combat illegal deforestation and associated trade through targeted research and outreach. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Kevin spent two years as a corporate sustainability consultant with the ALLCOT Group and For The Long-Term LLC, where he helped clients in the finance, hospitality and sports sectors develop corporate sustainability strategies and CSR disclosures. His consulting projects focused primarily on carbon emissions, energy use, and employee and supplier engagement on climate issues. He also previously worked as a legal assistant on the corporate governance team of Shearman & Sterling LLP’s Paris office.  Kevin received an MPA in Environmental Science & Policy from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs, a Certificate in Sustainability Analytics from Columbia’s School of Professional Studies, and a BA in International Relations from Duke University. His Masters’ coursework focused on corporate climate mitigation, supply chain environmental impacts and the circular economy. Kevin has lived in France, Spain and Australia, and speaks French and Spanish.

Gena Gammie

Associate DirectorWater Initiative

Gena Gammie is Associate Director of Forest Trends’ Water Initiative, which aims to scale up incentives and other economic tools that recognize the value of nature and upstream communities in assuring secure, safe water. In this role Gena works collaboratively with civil society, government, and professional associations to systematically address barriers to realizing effective watershed investments and leads Forest Trends’ work on analyses and tools for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of green infrastructure, with the aim of promoting performance-based investments in green infrastructure by mainstream water resources managers. Gena brings to this role experience on forest carbon project development and analysis, climate policy analysis with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and strategic communication at McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice. Gena holds an MSc with Distinction in Environmental Policy & Regulation from the London School of Economics, where her dissertation focused on multi-stakeholder platforms for cooperative water resources management.

Julia Granfors

Administrative Officer

Julia works as Forest Trends’ Administrative Officer, ensuring efficient day-to-day functioning of Forest Trends’ office and support to the CEO and Director of Operations in their duties. This includes a range of responsibilities with a focus on running a dynamic office and holding center on processes and systems related to grants management, HR, and fundraising.

Julia holds a BS in Environmental Science and Resource Management with a focus in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Washington and an MSc in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University. There, she studied the socio-economic impacts of Mountain Gorilla tourism on the local communities living around Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

Marcio Halla

Local Economic Initiatives LeadCommunities and Territorial Governance Initiative

Marcio Halla leads economic indigenous governance projects and coordinates field activities in Latin America for Forest Trends’ Communities and Territorial Governance Initiative. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Marcio was implementing several sustainable development projects, working closely with traditional communities and indigenous peoples in the Atlantic Rainforest and Amazon region. Since 1997, he has actively managed projects on agroforestry, organic agriculture, sustainable forest value chains, community based ecotourism and forest management and certification.  Marcio has provided auditing services for Smartwood/IMAFLORA and the Union for Ethical Bio-trade in Latin America. Marcio has also participated in several training programs related to sustainable development and management of natural resources, including the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at UC Berkeley and LEAD International. He graduated from São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Agronomy, and has a master’s degree in Territorial Planning from Santiago de Compostela University (Spain). Marcio speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Kate Holthouser

AssociateCommunications and Development

Kate Holthouser works as Forest Trends’ Communications and Development Associate, advancing company-wide initiatives through digital content and social media strategy. She’s responsible for synthesizing technical data into accessible, meaningful communications, creatively supporting developmental outreach strategies and engaging social networks to connect thought leaders and the global audience—to further the mission, values and goals of Forest Trends.

Kate’s expertise lies in written content development, digital storytelling, social media strategy and web & graphic design. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Kate owned a digital media marketing and strategy business, producing content for women creatives in the tech and fine art fields and collaborating with brands like Facebook Camera and American Express. She holds a BA in communication theory and Latin American culture from Samford University and an MA in international communication and digital media production from American University.

Iza Hoyos

ManagerCommunities and Territorial Governance Initiative

Iza has a background in communications and environmental justice issues. Prior to joining Forest Trends, she worked as the Outreach Coordinator and Producer for the award-winning documentary Marmato. Through working on the film Iza learned about the impacts of mining and began collaborating with rural grassroots organizations in Colombia. She studied Film and International Relations at Bard College, and received her Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Central European University. She speaks fluent English, Spanish, Portuguese, and some French.

Patrick Maguire

Ecosystem Marketplace and Supply Change ManagerEcosystem Marketplace, Supply Change

Patrick is the Senior Program Manager of Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace and Supply Change Initiative which he joined in May 2019.  Previously he was Program Manager of Forest Trends’ Business and Biodiversity Offset Program (BBOP) from 2007 to 2018. Patrick has twenty years of diverse international conservation and development experience including managing remote teams and multi-stakeholder coalitions for environmental NGOs, the private sector and government. Previous work includes 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

Deborah McKay

Director of Operations

Deborah is Director of Operations at Forest Trends. She manages the grants administration process, and 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.

Catherine Mendoza

Operations Officer, Natural Infrastructure for Water Security (NIWS) ProjectWater Initiative

Catherine Mendoza is the Operations Officer for the NIWS Project. She has more than 10 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant to USAID projects in Peru, on topics such as biodiversity conflict, monitoring and evaluation and health care quality. Catherine also has experience coordinating event, workshop and trip logistics; overseeing purchases of materials and services; monitoring consultant contracts; and preparing reports. Catherine has a specialization in Administration from San Ignacio de Loyola University.

Fernando Momiy Hada

Chief of Party, Natural Infrastructure for Water Security (NIWS) ProjectWater Initiative

Fernando Momiy is an internationally-recognized champion of natural infrastructure in Peru and is the Chief of Party (COP) of Forest Trends’ Natural Infrastructure for Water Security (NIWS) Project. Fernando holds an MBA and MA in Regulation of Public Services and Infrastructure Management. He has held numerous leadership positions in his nearly 25 years of government service at Peruvian infrastructure and sanitation agencies. Most recently, Fernando has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Latin American Association of National Water and Sanitation Regulators (ADERASA), the President of the Board of Directors of Peru’s National Superintendence of Sanitation Services (SUNASS), and Director of Investment Promotion at the Agency for Promotion of Private Investment. In these roles, he has promoted more than 100 public-private investment projects in the infrastructure sector, created a regional Green Infrastructure Working Group in Latin America, and led Peru’s water sector tariff and regulatory reforms.

Marigold Norman

Senior AdvisorForest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

Marigold Norman is a Senior Advisor to the Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Program providing strategic advice and support to the Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange (TREE), an initiative seeking to enable robust and consistent enforcement of demand-side timber regulations.

Marigold has ten years of experience in environment and development issues, including working as Policy Lead for the UK’s timber procurement policy and efforts to promote forest governance reform at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Most recently, Marigold has led research on REDD+, agriculture and land use finance effectiveness at the Oversees Development Institute. Through this work, Marigold has advised and published reports on the state of agriculture and forest finance for the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation and the UNFCCC’s Standing Committee on Finance. She has also led UNREDD and UNEP Finance Initiative research seeking to demystify private REDD+ finance. More recently, Marigold has advised the UK and UNDP on how they can more effectively work with national governments across Africa to incentivize private finance for climate compatible agriculture development.

Marigold has also worked extensively with national governments and stakeholders in key tropical forest countries including through establishing Forest Trends’ REDDX initiative to follow REDD+ finance from pledge to expenditure on the ground. Marigold holds an MSc in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from the University of Cambridge.

Nguyen Vinh Quang

Program AnalystForest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

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).

Max Rahimi

System Administrator

Max supports Forest Trends’ IT infrastructure. He is responsible for effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure.  Prior to working at Forest Trends, Max was a Systems Support Specialist at Sirius XM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C.

Chris Ricciuti

Program AssociateForest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

Chris Ricciuti is the program associate for the Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative, where he aids in administrative functions such as contract writing and grant management. He also contributes to research products such as trade data analyses, and assists in event planning for the Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange (TREE), an initiative seeking to enable robust and consistent enforcement of demand-side timber regulations. Previously, he worked as an organizer for the Democratic Party in Virginia during the November 2017 election cycle, as a legal aid for Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, and as a researcher for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ Economic Justice Project. Chris holds a BA from THE George Washington University.

Philip Rothrock

Senior AssociateSupply Change

Philip is a Program Associate with Forest Trends’ Supply Change initiative, where he researches corporate sustainability commitments on commodity driven deforestation and contributes to project analysis, newsletters, and reports. Previously, he has researched palm oil supply chain sustainability with the Zoological Society of London in Indonesia and with the Gibbs Land Use and Environment Lab in Madison, Wisconsin. Philip has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Dickinson College and a Master’s in Environmental Conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mercy Sandoval

Capacity Development Specialist, Natural Infrastructure for Water Security (NIWS) ProjectWater Initiative

Mercy has a Master’s Degree in Social Management (PUCP), Municipal Management (ESAN), and Corporate Social Responsibility (PUCP. She has twenty years of experience in the design, implementation and monitoring of development projects, focused on public policy, building capacity and citizen participation areas. Mercy is an expert in designing training programs, particularly in the areas of gender and multicultural training.

Jade Saunders

Senior Policy AnalystForest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

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).

Xiufang Sun

Senior Policy AnalystForest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

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.

Kerry ten Kate

DirectorBiodiversity Initiative

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.

David Tepper

DirectorPublic-Private Finance Initiative

David Tepper is the Director of the Public-Private 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 $1 billion for Climate Change Capital from 2005 to 2007 and during that time invested over $800 million 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. David also advises billionaire family offices on investment opportunties in  sustainable land use and carbon markets.

Phuc Xuan To

Senior Policy AnalystForest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

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.

Milka Urrutia

Operations & Finance Administrator, Natural Infrastructure for Water Security (NIWS) ProjectWater Initiative

Milka Urrutia is a Certified Public Account (CPA) who has 15 years of experience in planning and budgeting, financial management, and administration of international development projects. She has served as Chief Financial Officer and Accountant for multi-million USAID, NORAD and other international development projects that strengthened capacity building for monitoring deforestation, forest governance, and indigenous natural resource management. Milka has an MA in Social Management from the Catholic University in Lima, and has CPA specializations in Finance and Government Auditing.

Chris Van Dam

Territorial Governance LeadCommunities and Territorial Governance Initiative

Chris is a rural sociologist with a Master’s Degree in Environment and Development (FLACSO). His main field of expertise are the social, political and economic issues related to Indigenous people and local communities, throughout Latin America. Within Forest Trends’ Communities and Territorial Governance Initiative, he leads the Capacity Building Program on Indigenous Territorial Governance, which covers a broad range of aspects, including Indigenous Economy, and Life Plans. Prior to joining Forest Trends, he worked with the FAO and GIZ in community forestry projects, he was a member of the FSC Board representing the Social Chamber and was a consultant for many organizations, including DGIS (Netherlands), the EU, Inter-cooperation, Helvetas, and IUCN.

Amrei von Hase

Senior Science Advisor Biodiversity Initiative

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.

Laura Weatherer

AssociateSupply Change

Laura is an Associate with the Supply Change initiative. She was formerly an intern with World Resources Institute and has worked on a diverse range of environmental issues, including land tenure rights, climate equity, and sustainable agriculture. Laura holds a Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of St Andrews.

Kevin Woods

Senior Policy AnalystForest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

Dr. Kevin Woods has worked in the Mekong Region, including Myanmar (Burma), for nearly two decades on environmental governance and conflict in the land, forestry and agricultural sectors. For the past decade he has worked to help build Forest Trends’ program in Myanmar. Initially focusing on more narrow legality aspects of Myanmar’s timber trade with regards to FLEGT, the Myanmar program has since expanded to encompass conversion timber from agribusiness concessions and more recently, Myanmar’s EITI for forestry and broader resource governance reforms that contribute to political federalism and environmental peacebuilding. Dr. Woods has a master’s degree in environmental science from Yale University and a Ph.D. in political ecology from UC Berkeley. He has published extensively in NGO reports, including for Forest Trends, and other policy fora, as well as academic book chapters and journal articles.

Frank Wu

Finance Staff Accountant

Hi, I am Frank. I have only been in the DC-area a little over a year now, previously I lived the majority of my life in Indiana. A Purdue University graduate in Accounting, I have worked in several jobs including a Regional Accountant role at The Salvation Army.

Steve Zwick

Managing EditorEcosystem Marketplace

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.