The Earth Partners works to simultaneously maximize environmental, social, and financial outcomes by driving large-scale investment through public-private partnerships and new market development, and by advancing policies that support market-based solutions. TEP targets and scales ecological restoration and conservation projects to improve water quality, reduce carbon emissions, create wildlife habitat, and build resiliency to the impacts of a changing climate.
The Earth Partners develops scalable new markets and investment opportunities through the development of large-scale land restoration projects. We bring multiple revenue streams to a single acre, including agriculture and forestry, water rights, and environmental credits. At the same time, we work with multiple landowners in a single watershed or ecosystem to create meaningful ecological improvements. Taking this holistic approach allows us to scale sustainable land management strategies across entire landscapes while generating attractive returns for both landowners and investors.
Our combined decades of experience in finance, project development, project management, policy advocacy, and sales ensure The Earth Partners’ projects generate strong returns for our investors, our partners, and the natural world.
As CEO, David has spent more than a decade growing The Earth Partners into a portfolio of operating companies supporting land restoration across the U.S. He is also a senior executive at Forest Trends, an NGO that uses markets and policies to create value for ecosystem services. David previously served as Head of Markets for Climate Change Capital in London, raising what was the largest private sector environmental market fund and investing over $800 million in carbon-reduction projects. He also served as Executive Chairman of the Consodata Group, a 600-person Paris Stock Exchange-listed company that he successfully restructured and sold in 2004. David oversaw $20 billion of financing transactions as a Director of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch in London and New York from 1987-1999.
David directs TEP’s business development, where he identifies opportunities across a range of land restoration strategies, including mitigation and conservation banking, forest restoration, storm water management, and carbon offsets. David previously served as Senior Policy Advisor in President Obama’s White House Council on Environmental Quality where he advanced federal policies that create the enabling conditions necessary for environmental markets to establish and scale. Previously, David founded an NGO focused on developing an innovative financial vehicle – the Forest Resilience Bond – to increase public and private investment in forest restoration.
Chelsea leads the sales and marketing functions for TEP’s mitigation bank portfolio and permittee-responsible mitigation sites, working directly with clients to help them meet their compensatory mitigation requirements. Chelsea also helps direct TEP’s investments in mitigation assets through market canvassing and analysis. Previously, Chelsea spent five years managing mitigation credit sales for a successful portfolio of 19 mitigation banks across four states.
Krystyn oversees operations for TEP’s mitigation banking portfolio, including compliance, monitoring and maintenance, and the permitting of new mitigation assets. Krystyn previously managed the Harris County Flood Control District’s mitigation bank portfolio across the Houston region. Krystyn holds a B.S. in Ecological Restoration from Texas A&M and is pursuing an M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Houston, Clear Lake.
Meg manages all of TEP’s financial operations, overseeing corporate finance, budgeting, and contract management, with an eye to maximizing portfolio value. She has 20 years of progressive financial management experience with multiple organizations, including non-profits, higher education, and entertainment companies. Meg is a licensed CPA in the District of Columbia.
Chris’s expertise is in biomass procurement, supply chains, land management, and harvesting techniques. He manages large-scale biomass removals in complex environments, including on the 2 million acre Lax Kw’alaams First Nation-owned forest estate in British Columbia. Chris also serves as business development manager at the Brinkman Group, a TEP operating partner and co-founder. From 1995 to 2005, he managed large-scale forestry operations in Western Canada.
Emily’s expertise is in policy, regulation, and strategy development. Emily previously served as Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Climate Change in President Obama’s White House Council on Environmental Quality and as Senior Adviser to the Special Envoy for Climate Change in the State Department, leading high priority international initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Emily is a PhD candidate at the University of California-Davis’s Agriculture and Resource Economics Department.
Chas is a TEP co-founder and currently serves as a board member. He supports strategy on corporate partnership development and expansion into new markets. Chas is also on the board of Drylands Natural Resource Centre, an agro-forestry and environmental organization in Kenya, and has consulted for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation within their agricultural development group. He previously worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and McKinsey & Company.