David Batker is a renowned expert in Ecological Economics and an acclaimed speaker, leader, educator, and advocate. Dave co-founded Earth Economics to improve investment locally and globally to secure ecological health, sustainable economies, and prosperity. His work has been quoted in over 300 newspaper, radio, and television stories. His projects span over 40 countries and 35 US states. David’s path-breaking studies show natural systems’ value for providing food, water, flood risk reduction, climate stabilization, recreation, and other benefits. His pragmatic work has been used to establish the value of watersheds for providing water, by FEMA to estimate the value of floodplains for flood risk reduction, and to establish funding mechanisms for maintaining natural capital.
Joshua Farley is Associate Professor of Community Development & Applied Economics and Public Administration and a fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Josh earned a B.S. in biology from Grinnell College, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Resource and Managerial Economics from Cornell University. He is a renowned ecological economist who works to integrate social, human, and natural capital. Josh continues to advance the field of ecological economics and foster the next generation of economists and community development professionals.
Joshua's board service began in 1997 with the initial establishment of Earth Economics. He served as Board Chair and in various support capacities for over 18 years. Trained as a planner, architect, and engineer, Joshua has focused most of his career on endeavors that shift investment towards greater societal resilience and sustainable business practices. He has over 25 years of executive-level experience with planning and technical consultancies. He has been engaged with natural capital economics and resilience projects in Colorado, New York, the Midwest, the Gulf Coast, and California. Joshua is CEO of Myoonet, Inc., which provides low-carbon-footprint data centers and network infrastructure to support next-generation internet services.
George Northcroft brings over 25 years of executive experience in business management and operations, economic development, and public administration. His track record of leading complex and innovative teams to measureable results provides invaluable insights for developing strategic, results-focused initiatives. He has led successful regional sustainability and small business initiatives. In his professional career he has served in senior executive positions at the U.S. General Services Administration, Nordstrom, the State of Washington, King County-Washington and First Interstate Bank-Washington. His commitment to community service has led him to serve on boards dedicated to the economic inclusion of underserved communities in education, business
Greg Forge is Managing Member of Cui Bono, LLC, advising private and public sector clients in finding, financing, and implementing climate solutions. He has broad experience and proven skills as an innovative problem solver, creative and insightful synthesizer of complex information and circumstances, accomplished negotiator and dealmaker, and experienced leader of multi-disciplinary teams. He has served as a partner in two major law firms, General Counsel to a Northwest venture capital firm, special counsel to a Northwest governor, and as Vice President of a start-up telecommunications company. His experience includes strategic advice and dealmaking involving early-stage businesses, utilities, energy/clean technology, natural resources, sustainability and climate change. His unique combination of public and private sector experience prepares him to provide innovative advice on public and private investment in the complex areas of climate risk management, including public policy development and business and government management programs addressing climate risk