Todd Gartner is a Senior Associate for the World Resources Institute’s People and Ecosystem Program. He run’s WRI’s Nature for Water initiative working with governments and businesses to invest in conserving and restoring forests, wetlands, and other ecosystems in order to secure freshwater supplies, reduce flood risks, and obtain other economic and social benefits. Todd works with partners to develop new ways to finance conservation and restoration though the use of conservation incentives and market-based strategies such as habitat offsets, payments for the protection of drinking water, water quality trading and carbon markets.
He assists with all facets of conservation program development including - convening, facilitation, design, pilot operations, and scaling. Todd works closely with the Willamette Partnership in Oregon and with a broad range of stakeholders including policy makers, landowners, regulators, Fortune 500 companies, and local partners to achieve conservation objectives across the United States and abroad (Africa, Canada and the Caribbean).
Gartner’s previous work included developing and running the Conservation Incentives program at the American Forest Foundation, field forestry work in New England, fire ecology and eco-tourism research in Botswana and India, business consulting for the USDA Forest Service and several years as a corporate financial consultant.
Gartner earned his Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.S. in finance from University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. He is also a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow, Switzer Environmental Fellow, Environmental Leadership Program Fellow, and Property and Environmental Research Center Fellow.
Todd is based in Portland, OR and is an avid hiker, rock climber, snowboarder and Baltimore Ravens fan.