About NatureVest

Our Mission

NatureVest is the impact investment unit of The Nature Conservancy. NatureVest’s mission is to create and execute investable deals in a wide variety of sectors around the world that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors. Our vision is based on the conviction that capital markets, businesses and governments must invest in nature as the long-term capital stock of a sustainable, equitable and more efficient economy.

To achieve this, we source and structure investments that support the Conservancy’s mission, raise capital from investors looking to generate both financial returns and conservation outcomes, and share our experience with the investment and conservation communities to accelerate the growth of the conservation impact investing marketplace.

How We Got Started

The Nature Conservancy continues to be at the forefront of achieving lasting conservation outcomes. Throughout its history, the Conservancy has achieved results through innovative transaction-based structures, such as fishing quota acquisition, debt restructuring, water funds, New Markets Tax Credits and others.

As the impact investing market began to take shape and grow, the Conservancy saw an opportunity to leverage private capital for conservation. With support from the Robertson Foundation in 2010, the Conservancy launched its impact capital strategy and created a deal team charged with developing investable conservation deals in North America.

In 2012, the Conservancy launched three additional efforts to advance impact investing for conservation.

With subsequent funding from the Robertson Foundation, the Conservancy launched Conservation Note—the organization’s first broad investment offering, providing all types of investors with a way to support conservation through investment. The response from investors was swift and positive, and the Note was fully subscribed within a year.

The Conservancy also founded NatLab with its partners Nature Resources Defense Council and Encourage Capital (formerly EKO Asset Management). NatLab received funding from The Rockefeller Foundation to work with the City of Philadelphia on a private investment vehicle for funding green infrastructure. Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, and Margot Brandenburg highlighted the Notes and the NatLab’s green infrastructure work in their definitive introduction to the field of impact investing, The Power of Impact Investing.

And, with support from the Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, the Conservancy created an international deal team focused on sourcing deals from around the world, including forest carbon finance, mitigation and debt restructuring for climate adaptation.

In 2014, with founding sponsorship from JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Conservancy formed NatureVest, a dedicated and more comprehensive conservation finance platform. This allowed us to bring the two deal teams together and to leverage the combined expertise, scope and scale of both teams and of JPMorgan Chase & Co. NatureVest’s founding also enabled us to add additional expertise to build thought leadership for the growing conservation investing space.

Our Approach

We plan to source and put to work at least $1 billion of impact investment capital for measurable conservation outcomes in the next three years. In order to achieve this goal, NatureVest does three things:

Our team members work with our colleagues in The Nature Conservancy’s operating units, as well as with conservation collaborators around the world, to source and structure investment products that support the Conservancy’s mission.

We engage impact investors to source impact capital in effective, scalable ways—using the Conservancy’s deep insights in science, policy and practice and its relationships with the capital markets, businesses and government.

We share our knowledge and experience broadly to build a stronger community of support for investing in nature.

 

Our Staff

Kuni Chen

Kuni Chen – Conservation Finance Specialist

May 18, 2015

Kamil Cook – Senior Attorney

May 18, 2015

JC Danilovich

JC Danilovich – Director, Product Development

May 18, 2015

Marc Diaz – Managing Director of NatureVest

May 18, 2015

Lauren Ferstandig

Lauren Ferstandig – Director of Product Development

May 18, 2015

Deb Froeb

Deb Froeb – Director of Product Development

May 18, 2015

Bill Ginn

Bill Ginn – Executive Vice President for Global Conservation Initiatives

May 18, 2015

Taryn Goodman

Taryn Goodman – Director of Investment Partnerships

May 18, 2015

Eric Hallstein – Director of Conservation Investments, California

May 18, 2015

Caitlin Henning

Caitlin Henning – Finance and Operations Manager

May 18, 2015

Tom Hodgman

Tom Hodgman – Director of Conservation Transactions

May 18, 2015

Craig Holland

Craig Holland – Director of Product Development

May 18, 2015

Charlotte Kaiser

Charlotte Kaiser – Deputy Managing Director

May 18, 2015

Eric Love

Eric Love – Senior Director of Conservation Transactions

May 18, 2015

E.J. McAdams

E.J. McAdams – Director of Institutional Gifts, New York

May 18, 2015

Brenda Mejia

Brenda Mejia – Project Coordinator, NatureVest/ Global Conservation Initiatives

May 18, 2015

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul – Conservation Investments Project Director, Washington

May 18, 2015

Rob Weary – Senior Director, Product Development

May 18, 2015

Melissa Weigel

Melissa Weigel – Manager, Investment Partnerships

May 18, 2015

Peter Wheeler – Executive Vice President

May 18, 2015

Our Advisory Board

Heather Zichal

August 5, 2015

Muneer Satter

August 5, 2015

Doug Petno

August 5, 2015

Mark Tercek

August 5, 2015

Our Supporters

The Nature Conservancy launched its impact capital strategy in 2010 with support from the Robertson Foundation that continues today, and built a global network with subsequent support from the Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust. In early 2014, with founding sponsorship from JPMorgan Chase & Co., NatureVest was launched as a concerted effort to change the way we invest in nature.

 

Top image: © Tim Calver.