Dave is the Senior Manager of the Landscape Standard (LS) at Verra. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the development and launch of the LS, leading Verra’s cooperation with Rainforest Alliance, the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), and other partners, as well as managing Verra’s LS staff and grants. He found the opportunity thanks to Switzer Fellow Sarah Lupberger who is also on the LS team.
Prior to joining Verra, Dave served in various roles for over a decade at EcoLogic Development Fund, a Boston-based NGO focused on empowering communities to conserve critical ecosystems in Mexico and Central America. His final role at EcoLogic was as Director of Strategy and Impact, in which he worked with teams to shift from local project planning to landscape-level conservation partnerships and adaptive management. Before working in international development and conservation, he started his career as a secondary school teacher in Cali, Colombia, in the late 90’s. The promise and challenge of Colombia at that time inspired him to pursue a career in sustainable development, and he remains dedicated to the country in numerous ways, including founding the Colomb¡a R¡s¡ng Project. Ultimately, he hopes to help ensure that sustainable management of Colombia’s natural wealth figures prominently in its post-conflict recovery and efforts to pilot innovative approaches to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dave earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in English and teaching certificate from Dartmouth College, and a certificate in Outdoor Leadership from Greenfield Community College. After living in Boston for fifteen years, he and his family (wife, two children, and two dogs) fled to warmer Austin, Texas in 2016. Dave co-founded the Austin Network for International Impact Professionals (with Switzer Fellow Carina Bracer) and enjoys exploring the many trails, spring-fed waterways, food trucks, music, and cultural richness the area has to offer.
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Natural Resource Management