David brings three decades in the financial sector to managing global environmental challenges. As CEO, David has spent the last 8 years growing The Earth Partners platform into a portfolio of operating companies supporting land restoration across the U.S. He is also a senior executive at Forest Trends, a Washington DC-based NGO that uses markets and policy to value ecosystem services, where he works to bring private sector investment to low-carbon land use strategies. David previously served as Head of Markets for Climate Change Capital in London, raising the largest private sector environmental market fund to date and investing over $800 million in carbon-reducing 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.
Brendan serves as the investment manager for The Earth Partners. He focuses on underwriting and structuring new investments, deal negotiations and supporting the operations of the current portfolio. Previously, Brendan worked for The Gladstone Companies as an Acquisitions Associate in the real estate investment group. Brendan also worked for Wells Fargo Bank’s Real Estate Group, making commercial real estate loans and monitoring the loan portfolio, and in the Special Situations Group in Charlotte, NC, restructuring distressed debt. Brendan holds a B.A. in Economics from Kenyon College and an M.B.A. from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
David directs TEP’s business development, where he identifies opportunities to put the capital that TEP manages to work across a range of land restoration strategies, including mitigation banking, conservation banking, forest restoration, and storm water management. 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 a nonprofit organization focused on developing an innovative financial vehicle – the forest resilience bond – to increase public and private investment in forest restoration.
Lisa is The Earth Partner’s Controller, overseeing corporate finance, budgeting, contract management, and office administration. Lisa has over 10 years of experience in supporting the growth of entrepreneurial businesses. She previously served as CFO at Technomics, an Arlington-based defense consulting firm, overseeing 100% growth in a matter of years.
Chelsea leads the sales and marketing effort for all TEP mitigation banks and PRM sites, working directly with clients from various industries to help meet compensatory mitigation requirements. Chelsea has spent the last 5 years procuring mitigation credit sales for a successful portfolio of 19 mitigation banks, 13 of which are located in Texas. Chelsea’s experience helps advise future mitigation investment activity as it relates to placing capital, comprehensive market analysis, and prospective opportunities to maximize return. Chelsea holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Chris advises The Earth Partners on biomass procurement, supply chains, and land management. His expertise includes harvesting techniques and the management of large-scale biomass removals in complex environments. Chris is experienced in the Canadian forest waste wood biomass sector and manages Brinkman’s biomass program on the 2 million acre Lax Kw’alaams First Nation-owned forest estate in BC. Chris serves as business development manager at Brinkman, an operating partner and co-founder of The Earth Partners, since 2005. From 1995 to 2005, he managed silvicultural forestry operations in Western Canada.
Emily advises The Earth Partners on policy, regulation, and strategy. Currently a PhD student in the University of California Davis’s Agriculture and Resource Economics department, Emily previously served as Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Climate Change in the White House. Emily also served as Senior Adviser to the Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern at the U.S. Department of State, leading on high priority international initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She has a background in biology and economics from Bryn Mawr College and Johns Hopkins University.
Chas is a co-founder of The Earth Partners and currently serves as a board member. He supports strategy on business development, commodity contracting and sales, corporate partnership development, and expansion into new markets. With a background in finance, real estate, agriculture, and natural resource development, Chas is also on the board of Drylands Natural Resource Centre, an agro-forestry and environmental organization in Kenya. Chas has consulted for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation within their agricultural development group, where he worked on input supply chain development and financing issues. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he tries to spend as much time as possible on his farm in Rapidan, Virginia. Chas has previously worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York and McKinsey & Company.