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Rick is Senior Natural Resource Strategist for Sonen Capital, a San Francisco based impact investment firm. From 2011-2014, he was Co-managing General Partner of Sustainable Resource Fund (SRF), a start-up private equity fund investing in managers of rural real estate who add financial value using assorted conservation strategies. From 2000-2011 he was a Director and Senior Project Manager for The Lyme Timber Company. Prior to joining Lyme, Rick worked with The Pinchot Institute for Conservation and The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to develop and promote sustainable forestry programs in the U.S. He is a former State Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and for ten years was Director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Africa Program. Rick was a founding board and former executive committee member of the National Alliance of Forest Owners. Rick earned a B.S. from Yale University in 1977 and a Master of Forest Science from Yale in 1983. He has been a member of the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) Board since 1999 and currently serves as President.
Tracy is a lawyer, an engineer, and a conservationist. After serving as a Commissioner at the Maine Public Utilities Commission, he founded The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), a non-governmental global organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean, reliable, and efficient energy future. Currently, Tracy devotes about 25 percent of his time to RAP.
Tracy and his wife, Bambi Jones, moved to Maine in 1978 and began buying and conserving land. In 2010, Bambi and Tracy created Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) and operated it on 1,000 acres of their land in Jefferson. In 2014, they were named Maine’s and the Northeast Region’s Outstanding Tree Farm for their decades of low-impact sustainable forestry and educational efforts. In 2016, HVNC participated in a four-way merger that created Midcoast Conservancy with the aim of transforming land trusts from passive holders of easements and land to an active entity seriously engaged in outdoor activities and low-impact sustainable forestry. Tracy is on the Board of the Midcoast Conservancy.
Bob is a Partner of Watermill Group, a Boston private equity investment firm. Previously he was President and subsequently Chairman of Sheffield Steel Corporation, President and CEO of Lincoln Pulp and Paper Co., Inc., President of Premoid Corporation and Vice President and Director of Preco Corporation. Bob graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Industrial Administration and received his MBA and DBA from the Harvard Business School. He was an Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Business Policy at the Harvard Business School for six years and later taught in the Advanced Management Program. Earlier in his career, he worked for the accounting firm of Arthur Young & Co. and is a CPA. Bob is President of the Timber Owners of New England and the immediate past Chairman of The Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Chapter. He is a Director of Aquacultural Research Corporation and The Appalachian Mountain Club. Bob joined the NEFF Board in 2009 and currently serves as the Treasurer.
Anne is a lawyer and impact investor who advises for-profit and nonprofit organizations seeking to advance social and environmental change through investing and social entrepreneurship. Prior to her consulting work, Anne served as associate general counsel to Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo; provided counsel from 1995 to 1998 to Fidelity Investments; and practiced corporate law in New York at Fox & Horan, where she advised foreign and U.S. corporations on their cross-border transactions. She serves on a variety of foundation, nonprofit, and corporate boards and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has published books and articles in the areas of impact investing and emerging markets investing, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences on topics relating to impact investing. Anne joined the NEFF Board in 2017 and currently serves as the Board Clerk and Chair of the Governance Committee.
Larry is an independent consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations on finance and market-related issues in environmental policy, and to impact investors on investment strategies. Most of his work has focused on fishery, agriculture and land use issues, as well as clean energy and energy-efficiency deployment. In addition to his consulting work, Larry is a board member of the California Fisheries Fund (a revolving loan fund that invests in the fishing industry on the West Coast) and the Conservation Strategy Fund, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he worked at Lehman Brothers as an investment banker advising corporations on a wide variety of strategic and financing transactions. Larry graduated from Stanford University with a B.S in Biology and a B.A. in Political Science, and from Harvard Graduate School of Business with an MBA. Larry joined the NEFF Board in 2018.
Chris joined NEFF’s Board in 2020 and serves on the Executive and Finance Committees. He has been interested in forests since childhood, having spent a good part of every year in the piney woods of South Georgia. Today, Chris oversees a family property in the Red Hills of South Georgia, managed for the production of wild bobwhite quail and a healthy long leaf pine forest.
At Yale University, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Yale School of the Environment and College of Forestry. Chris’s other activities at Yale include serving on the advisory boards of the Yale School of Music and the Yale University Libraries. He is a member of the Board of the Pioneer Institute, and is a Life Trustee of the North Shore-LIJ Health System on Long Island. Chris worked in financial services until his retirement in 2021. In addition to a Psychology degree from Yale, he has an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Cam is the Director of Research at EPFR, an economic data business he helped establish that was acquired in 2010 by Informa Financial Intelligence. In his current role, Cameron directs a team of researchers who mine a database tracking over 135,000 mutual funds and ETFs around the world worth over $50 trillion in assets. Cam, who holds a degree in economics and political science from Yale University, has co-authored an IFR-published study of portfolio capital flows, produces regular reports on trends that emerge from EPFR’s data and contributes to publications including Fonds Europe, Institutional Investor and Africa Investor. He was previously managing editor of The WorldPaper, an international affairs supplement carried by papers in Latin America, Emerging Asia and the EMEA regions with a combined monthly circulation of over 1 million. Cam spends most of his time outside work with his two teenaged children. He is a keen angler, partaking in a pastime he sees as one of the last bastions of true social diversity. Cam joined the NEFF Board in 2020.
Emily is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Brown Advisory, an independent investment management firm. She currently serves as portfolio manager of Brown Advisory’s Sustainable Small-Cap Core Strategy and assists with new sustainable investing product development. Prior to this role, Emily served as the director of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Equity Research at Brown Advisory, working to establish the firm’s ESG research process and team. A graduate of Smith College, Emily came to Brown Advisory with a breadth of experience in the Sustainable Investing space, having held research positions at Parnassus Investments, Sustainalytics, and the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative. She has been an active member of local sustainable investing groups, such as Women Investing in a Sustainable Economy (“WISE”) since 2014. In 2019, Emily was named to the SRI Conference’s list of “30 Under 30” sustainable investing professionals.
Since 1996, Michael has been a partner of McDonald Lehner, a specialized business brokerage firm that assists owners of privately held companies in raising capital or finding liquidity options. He is also a director at Leigh Fibers, LLC, family-held fiber and textile recycling company based in Wellford, SC and at ICE Recycling, LLC, a family-held industrial byproduct recycling company based in Lake City, SC. Before that, he was Chief Investment Officer at the Defense Enterprise Fund, a taxpayer-funded venture capital fund, authorized by Congress under the Nunn-Lugar Act of 1991, which invested in defense conversion projects in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Earlier, he spent ten years at Fletcher Spaght, Inc., a strategy-consulting firm that specialized in advising technology startups, as well as four years at Wang Laboratories, Inc., as a production engineer and manager. He earned a B.A from Harvard College in 1977, and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1980. He joined the NEFF Board in 2019.
Monty is a Principal and Director of Manufacturing Key Clients for Ramboll. Ramboll is a global sustainability engineering and consulting company based in Denmark. He is responsible for developing business with industrial companies across the Americas. Monty is a founding member and past Board Member of NAEM, a professional association dedicated to the advancement of environmental, health and safety managers in business across the country. Monty formerly served on the Town of Concord’s Natural Resources Commission and as Chair of the Conservation Restriction Stewardship Committee. He is a trustee of the Blue Hills Foundation, which has conserved and actively manages more than 8,000 acres in central New Hampshire. Monty holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Vermont. He served on the NEFF Board of Directors from 1986 to 2004, during which time he held the positions of Chairman and President. After leaving the Board, he continued to serve as a member of the Board of Advisors until he was re-elected to the Board of Directors in 2014.
Jackie O’Connor is an independent nonprofit consultant with extensive experience in senior-level fund development and administrative/management positions with nonprofit organizations throughout New England. Since 2000, Jackie has consulted with NEFF and other organizations on a wide variety of special fundraising and conservation projects. As V.P. of Hiller Associates, she served as consulting capital campaign director for NEFF’s groundbreaking Pingree Forest Partnership land conservation campaign in Maine. She served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Crittenton Women’s Union (now EMPATH), as well as Director of Philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy Massachusetts, and has worked at several other New England conservation organizations including AMC, Manomet and The Greenway Conservancy. She has a B.S. from UMass Boston.
Robert (Bob) Perschel joined NEFF in April 2012. Previously Bob was the Eastern region director for the Forest Stewards Guild. In his 40 years as an environmental professional, he has worked on forestry, large landscape conservation, and wilderness issues. Bob worked for the forest industry before establishing his own forestry consulting business and founding the Land Ethic Institute. He is an original co-founder of the Forest Stewards Guild. Bob has a master’s degree in forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a psychology degree from Yale College.
Todd is a partner with the law firm of Seder & Chandler, LLP, in Worcester, MA. He has developed a broad-ranging real estate practice representing individuals, real estate development companies, pension funds, REIT’s, financial institutions, nonprofits and others in connection with the acquisition, development, sale, leasing, management, permitting, construction and financing of commercial and residential properties. His work includes a special emphasis on the representation of not-for-profit corporations in connection with the permitting, financing and development of affordable housing. He serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, he is the past President of Community Legal Aid of Central Massachusetts, and is a past director of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center. Todd joined the NEFF Board in 2019.
John is a Vice President in the Forestry and Agriculture practice for The Rohatyn Group, which acquired his former employer, GMO Renewable Resources. He is also founder and President of Jedburgh Holdings, investing in timber and farmland throughout the northeastern U.S. and Canada. John was a founding member of the Tompkins Conservation Advisory Council and is a certified forester. John earned his B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and a Master of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science. John joined the NEFF Board in 2019. He is a proud father and husband to a lovely wife who will one day let him fish more often.
Byron and Nancy Stutzman own a 540-acre forest in Hardwick and Ware, MA, and an inholding in the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. Byron graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, then went on to MIT (S.M in mechanical engineering and M.E.), and later, Harvard to study history and French (A.L.M. in each), biology, chemistry, geology, and economics. He was a cofounder and vice president of Computer System Architects, a supplier of software for measuring and managing the performance of application programs. He studied at 10 Eagle Hill Field Seminars in biology and forest ecosystems at the Humboldt Field Research Institute in Maine. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of American Foresters, Forest Stewards Guild, Massachusetts Forest Alliance, New England Botanical Society, and American Bryological and Lichenological Society. Byron served on the Board from 2009 to 2019, and after a year off, he was reelected in 2020.
Elizabeth is a senior project manager with POWER Engineers specializing in strategic communications and environmental permitting. She began her career at the Maine Audubon Society, overseeing a team of foresters advising landowners on selective harvesting for firewood production. After obtaining a Master of Forestry from Yale in 1983, she worked for NEFF on the Pingree Forest and Downeast Lakes Conservation Easements, and for the Forest Society of Maine on the West Branch Conservation Easement. Elizabeth was the President of Barton & Gingold, a boutique consulting firm where she focused primarily on renewable energy and land planning projects. For decades she orchestrated stakeholder communications and mediated disputes over siting issues. She served as chair of Maine’s quasi-judicial Land Use Regulation Commission, where she presided over complex, multi-party hearings on a wide range of issues and projects. More recently, she has focused on solar energy and electric infrastructure projects to address climate change. Elizabeth has served on numerous environmental boards and is Vice President of the Vinalhaven Land Trust.
Richard F. Perkins