We are privileged to have four experts from US water quality trading programs across the US joining us for this discussion:
John Campagna, Owner, Restore Capital
John Campagna is the managing partner at Restore Capital, whose mission is to bring private capital strategies and investments to bear on restoring working lands, the environment and economies of our rural communities. He has spoken at many conferences on Investing & Ecosystem Markets, and has had articles published on his activities and strategies. His expertise in innovative investment strategies is based on his deep understanding of financial methods that provide market rate financial returns and enhanced environmental benefits. John is currently a member of EcoTrust's panel on Community Fishery Assets and the State of Maryland's Ecosystem Markets Taskforce.
Prior to helping Benchmark Asset Managers launch Restore Capital in 2010, John founded a financial advisory practice within Legg Mason that provided clients with environmentally responsible investments and advice. He has worked in the tax and consulting practice at Arthur Young & Company, and in investment banking at TransCapital. John has also worked in the tech industry in Silicon Valley, including positions with Unisys and SBC as well as start-up firms. He has managed a small organic farm in Sonoma County, operated a non-profit retreat facility, and is an avid equestrian.
John holds a Computer Sciences degree with a secondary emphasis in History from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.
Jimmy Daukas, Managing Director of Agriculture and Environment, American Farmland Trust
Jimmy Daukas has been with American Farmland Trust since 1997, managing national policy campaigns as well as senior project management, communications and development responsibilities. Daukas currently directs AFT’s Agriculture & Environment program, helping farmers and ranchers improve water quality and combat climate change while maintaining an economically viable agriculture sector. Through the program, American Farmland Trust is engaging agriculture in developing new policy solutions, creating ecosystem service markets and conducting on-farm demonstrations to maximize the participation of farmers and ranchers in reducing greenhouse gases and expanding the adoption of conservation practices that improve water quality.
Prior to this effort, Daukas oversaw American Farmland Trust’s campaign to transform U.S. agriculture policy in the 2008 Farm Bill to provide a better safety net, enhance conservation, improve rural development and expand access to healthy foods. He coordinated efforts throughout the organization including policy research and design, alliance building, legislative advocacy and communications.
Daukas previously served as the director of marketing and later acting vice president of marketing and communications for Earth Force, a children’s environmental action organization. In those roles, he had responsibility for strategic planning, direct response communications, database management, revenue-generating projects and budgeting.
Jimmy has a B.A. in economics from Middlebury College and holds M.B.A. and M.P.M. (Masters of Public Management) degrees from the University of Maryland.
Alex Johnson, Ecosystem Services Manager, The Freshwater Trust
As Ecosystem Services Manager for The Freshwater Trust, Alex is deeply involved in the analysis, development and implementation of the first water quality trading programs in the Pacific Northwest. His economics and logistics background helps to manage both credit-generating project supply chains and market expansion and enhancement efforts. Prior to his work with the Trust, he spent over a year of planning and building a 16-mile 'conservation tourism' trail on the west coast of Ecuador which involved many of the same themes of landowner recruitment and natural design inherent in restoration work. Before this he worked for Morgan Stanley in Denver on a refined petroleum trading floor. Alex earned a B.S. in Economics and a Certificate of Markets & Management from Duke University.
Bill Holman, Director of State Policy, Nicholas Institute for Policy Solutions at Duke University
Bill Holman is Director of State Policy at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He has extensive experience in legislative and administrative policy making at the state level.
He served as Governor Jim Hunt's Secretary of the Department of Environment & Natural Resources from 1999 – 2000 and as an Assistant Secretary from 1998 – 1999. He worked as Executive Director of the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund – a $100 million per year clean water financing program – from 2001 – 2006.
Holman lobbied the NC General Assembly on behalf of the Conservation Council of NC, NC Chapter of the Sierra Club, NC Chapter of the American Planning Association, NC Public Transportation Association, NC Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and others from 1979 – 1997.
Holman chairs the NC State Water Infrastructure Commission (SWIC). The NC Senate appointed Holman to the SWIC.
His current projects at the Nicholas Institute include state water allocation policy, innovative strategies to improve protection of drinking water supplies including Falls Lake and other supplies in the Upper Neuse watershed, and assisting state and local governments in planning for and adapting to climate change and sea level rise.
Holman and Amy Pickle teach a State Environmental Policy Making class for Nicholas School and Sanford School students during the spring semester.
Holman lives in Raleigh with his wife Stephanie Bass and dog Sylva. He graduated magna cum laude with a BS in biology from NC State University in 1978. He completed hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia in 1975.