GRANT & FINANCING CONSULTANT. At the leading edge of the renewable energy industry helping innovators and companies commercialize new technologies to mitigate climate change. Provide assistance in winning grants, loan guarantees and financing to launch commercial projects and new technologies. Have helped clients secure more than $250 million from government grants and loan guarantees and $300 million in project financing, with requests for $400 million pending. One recent grant award is for a $70 million construction grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to build a biorefinery that will convert municipal solid waste (i.e., trash and garbage) into renewable jet fuel for commercial and military use. Clients include Alico, Inc., American International BioSugars, Americas Green Power, Fulcrum BioEnergy, Imperium Renewables, Ineos New Planet BioEnergy, LanzaTech NZ Ltd., Mells Industries, NewPage Corporation, GHP Biodiesel, NativeOne Energy, NPE Holdings/New Planet Energy. 2004 to present.
• Successful lobbyist: Accomplishments include Rails-to-Trails enabling legislation, allowing abandoned railroad rights of ways to be converted to trails (1982); contributions to 2002 and 2008 U.S. Farm Bill conservation and energy programs; improvements to the 2005 and 2007 U.S. Energy Policy grant and loan guarantee programs; incentives for private landowners to maintain endangered species habitat; implementation of land conservation programs, and Florida’s Rural Lands Stewardship Program (see below).
• Co-creator of innovative land-use program adopted by Florida Legislature in 2001, known as the Rural Lands Stewardship Program (chapter 163.3177(11)(d), Florida Statutes), using market forces to protect high quality environmental resources and accommodate development in clustered patterns, by allowing landowners who maintain and protect natural resources to share in profits earned by development on other lands, 1999-2004.
• Project leader for two innovative wildlife and wetland restoration projects in Palm Beach County, Florida – Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Winsberg Farm Wetlands Restoration Project (Green Cay Wetlands) – using “created wetlands” and phytoremediation to replace sewage treatment settling ponds that saved a farm from development, expanded sewage treatment capacity and created a vibrant bird habitat and tourist attraction, 1998-2004.
• Creator of cooperative program between private landowners, state agencies and environmental groups to protect critical habitat of endangered Florida panther, 1994-96.
• Author of multiple economic and fiscal impact studies showing that agriculture, open space and natural resources pay their way and increase property values of adjoining properties, 1994-present.
• Executive Director and President of Florida-based nonprofit organization working to advance initiatives to engender a thriving rural economy, with an economically robust agriculture, a healthy natural environment, viable rural communities, and safe, abundant supplies of food and fiber, 1995-2005.
• Creator of state programs to protect farmland, American Farmland Trust, 1991-95.
• Executive director of non-profit organization creating urban walking programs for recreation and health, 1986-89
• Executive Director, American Hiking Society, Washington, DC 1980-82.
• Author, 7-book series, On Foot Through Europe, William Morrow & Co., NY, 1980.
• Editor of Backpacker Magazine, 1976-78.
• Consultant to alpine equipment manufacturer, The North Face, 1974-76.
• First person to walk end-to-end in the Alps, 1972-73.
• Creator, award-winning student travel magazine, Tripping, 1971-72.
• Newspaper reporter, 35th largest U.S. newspaper, San Jose Mercury-News, 1968-71.
Education: 1971, California State University, San Jose, Bachelor of Arts: English - Journalism - Communications
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