CSF Board Chair and Partner, Allotrope Partners, Oakland, CA
Bob Hambrecht is a Partner at Allotrope Partners, a merchant bank based in Oakland, CA. Allotrope identifies and develops companies and projects in the clean economy, helps deploy pools of capital into those opportunities, and educates decision-makers on successful policy and investment paradigms.
Prior to that, Mr. Hambrecht worked as a consultant working on a number of projects in the cleantech and environmental space, working with a number of non profits and early stage companies. In addition, Bob was the Chief Financial Officer at Greenlife International, a project development company that worked on biofuel and agricultural projects in Argentina and other Latin American companies.
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.
Mr. Hambrecht serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies. 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 Treasurer and 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 Board Secretary, Senior Scholar at the Nicholas Institute at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Linwood Pendleton is a Senior Scholar 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.
Founding Partner and CEO, Allotrope Partners, 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.
Chief Operating Officer, Conservation International, Washington, DC
As Chief Operating Officer for Conservation International, Jennifer Morris provides strategic leadership and is responsible for the alignment of the organization’s program and operational functions. Jennifer also leads CI’s Ecosystem Finance Division in investing in strategic projects, which support CI’s mission of sustainable development. With over 18 years experience in international conservation and economic development, Jennifer has created and implemented cutting-edge initiatives working with diverse partnerships-- from indigenous communities to multinational corporations-- to achieve CI’s mission of sustainable development.
Jennifer has lived and worked in Asia, Africa and Latin America and has served on the board of several organizations including the SEED Initiative, the Conservation Finance Alliance and the Natural Capital Coalition. Prior to joining CI in 1997, Jennifer worked in micro-finance at Women’s World Banking in New York. She is a frequent presenter at international conferences, corporate events and universities on issues related to conservation finance, corporate engagement and impact investing.
Jennifer holds a Masters in International Economic Development from Columbia University and currently lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and 7 year old daughter.
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. John’s work has appeared in many CSF publications, in Scientific American, Conservation Biology, Environment, the Journal of Political Economy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Megadiversidade and Ambio. He speaks excellent Portuguese and Spanish and terrible French. He loves writing, mountain biking and photography. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard and an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish from Amherst College.
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