CSF Board Chair and Founder, Dry Creek Ventures, Healdsburg, CA
Peter is a founder of Dry Creek Ventures. Dry Creek Ventures is based in Sonoma County and invests start-up companies that are innovators in producing clean energy, clean food and clean water. In addition to equity capital, DCV partners offer extensive operational and finance experience, coupled with the willingness to invest significant time and effort to helping young companies develop and grow. Among DCV’s core beliefs is that producing adequate supplies of clean energy, clean food and clean water will require new technologies and new business models.
Before founding Dry Creek Ventures, Peter spent 25 years in technology investment banking, where he specialized in computer hardware and software. Peter has extensive research and corporate finance experience, and was a member of the teams that underwrote many leading technology companies, including Dell Computer, Symantec, and Intuit.
Peter received a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and an MBA in Finance from New York University.
In addition to serving on the boards of several of DCV’s portfolio companies, Peter is a member of the board of directors of the Sonoma Land Trust.
CSF Board Treasurer and Environmental Finance Consultant, San Francisco, CA
Robert Hambrecht is an Environmental Finance Consultant in San Francisco, California. Prior to that, Mr. Hambrecht was the Chief Financial Officer at Greenlife International, a project development company that is building biofuel and agricultural businesses in Argentina and other Latin American companies. Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mr. Hambrecht was providing financial leadership to Greenlife as it sought investment and was helping manage its key partnerships in Argentina as it structured investments in agricultural and biofuel infrastructure.
Formerly a co-founder of WR Hambrecht + Company, a financial services firm committed to using the Internet and the auction process to level the playing field for investors and issuers, Mr. Hambrecht has been deeply involved in the emerging “Cleantech” business community as an investor and investment banker for many years. Among other activities, he was an early organizer of the New Resource Bank (OTC BB: NWBN.OB), a commercial bank established in 2007 focused on the emerging green business space.
Mr. Hambrecht has served on numerous boards of directors, including Castelle, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSTL), an electronics company that was sold in July 2007 where he served as chairman of the audit committee. He also served on the boards of a number of private companies in the electronics, software and recreation industries. In addition to CSF, he is presently on the board of the non-profit Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, an organization that provides technical and political support for smart transportation policies in cities in developing countries.
CSF Board Secretary, Director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program for the Nicholas Institute at Duke University, and Acting Chief Economist for NOAA (National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration), Durham, NC, USA
Linwood Pendleton is the Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. He has also served as Acting Chief Economist for NOAA (National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration) since January 2011. Prior to this, he was a Senior Fellow, Director of Economic Research, and Director of the Coastal Ocean Values Center at The Ocean Foundation. He was also an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at UCLA and maintains an adjunct position there. Linwood's current projects include work with the United Nations Environment Program’s Green Economy Project, UNEP GRID Arendal’s High Level Steering Committee on Deep Sea Mineral Resources in the Pacific, and Blue Carbon Economics (joint with CSF Instructor Brian Murray).
Linwood has been teaching with CSF since 1999 and has experience both in the United States and abroad with environmental valuation, coastal resource management, and the economics of marine protected areas. Linwood has worked internationally on recreation demand of tropical coral reefs and Costa Rican National Parks, and on issues of dams, non-timber forestry, and the economic causes of tropical deforestation in Latin America and Africa. He is involved with the National Ocean Economics Project, the Southern California Beach Valuation Project, and the California Regional Study of the Coastal Ocean Observing System. He is also a member of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission’s Marine Technical Advisory Council, and a Director of the Aquarium of the Pacific's Marine Conservation Research Institute.
Linwood has a Masters in Biology with a focus in Tropical Ecology from Princeton University, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a PhD in Natural and Environmental Resource Economics from Yale University.
Private Equity Investor, Allotrope Ventures, East Bay, CA
Marc Stuart is a private equity investor in the carbon and clean energy space. His firm, Allotrope Ventures, seeks out early stage opportunities in technology and execution platforms that are positioned to thrive in the transition to the low carbon economy.
Prior to Allotrope, Marc co-founded EcoSecurities in 1997 and departed in the spring of 2010, following transition to full integration as a subsidiary of JP Morgan. With offices in 16 countries, EcoSecurities was a globally leading developer of greenhouse gas reduction projects and was publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange until it was purchased by JP Morgan in 2009. Marc was Director of New Business Development and also headed up the firms Government and Regulatory Affairs Group, providing the firms positions within the evolving policy and regulatory processes of the UN, EU, US and elsewhere. He has more than 16 years experience of international business development experience in carbon markets and clean energy development across more than 30 countries.
He sat for three years on the Board of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and was the Chair of IETA’s Project Developers Working Group. Outside the compliance carbon market, he is on the Board of the Voluntary Carbon Standard Association and co-chairs the VCS’s Forestry and Land-Use Projects working group. He was one of the founders of the US-based Coalition for Emission Reduction Projects (USCERP) and sits on the Advisory Boards of REEX Capital Asia (formerly the Singapore Renewable Energy Exchange) and Ecosystem marketplace.com. He is currently serving a two year term as one of two private sector observers to the World Bank’s $5B Clean Technology Fund. In January of 2009, he was named one of 30 “Green Heroes” by CNBC European Business magazine.
He has written extensively on a variety of aspects around the emergent GHG emission regime and is a frequent speaker and interview subject on global emissions trading and project based emissions reductions. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics and the Claremont Graduate University. He lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.
In addition to CSF, Marc also sits on the board of directors for the Sustainable Fisheries Project.
Managing Director, Terra Global Capital, San Francisco, CA
Terry Vogt is Managing Director of Terra Global Capital, a company advising and investing in the market for land-based carbon credits, with projects in tropical forests as well as in US forestry and agriculture. He has a wide-ranging international business and development background, including investment banking and private equity experience. Terry served as Deputy Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, a multi-lateral organization focused on agriculture and rural sustainable development. Subsequently he directed a program on conservation finance at The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the world’s largest private funder of conservation projects. He was a founding investor and board member of Brasil Ecodiesel, a major biodiesel producer in Brazil.
Terry started his career at Wells Fargo Bank, where over a decade he was the bank’s representative in Brazil, director of global funding, and finally head of international investment banking. Following that experience he started and ran a corporate finance and private equity business with partners in Brazil for over 15 years.
He has an undergraduate degree in Latin American History from Harvard, an MBA in Operations Research from the University of Colorado, and in 1996 was awarded the Order of Rio Branco by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil. Terry also serves on the board of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Global Footprint Network, The Tropics Foundation, and the Pan American Society at the University of San Francisco. He lives with his wife Mary, an accomplished choral singer, in San Francisco, California.
CSF Founder & President, Sebastopol, California
John has worked in conservation since 1991, when he first traveled to Brazil as a volunteer on a project in the lush coastal forests in the state of Bahia. Conservation became a full-time profession shortly thereafter. John founded Conservation Strategy Fund in 1998 after positions with Resources for the Future, Conservation International and Pacific Forest Trust. He designed CSF as an independent technical organization with the aim of spreading economics skills among conservation professionals. CSF has grown steadily, providing leadership as the international conservation community has embraced the central role economics plays in successful environmental strategies. In 2012 CSF was recognized with the MacArthur Foundation's Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (MACEI). John’s own analytical interests include smart infrastructure, protected areas economics, fisheries and economic incentives for conservation. His work has appeared in many CSF publications, in Scientific American, Conservation Biology, Environment, the Journal of Political Economy, Megadiversidade and Ambio. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish, is a fanatical mountain biker and a photography enthusiast. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard and an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish from Amherst College.
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