David is WRI’s Natural Climate Solutions Policy Lead. Based in the Climate Program but working closely with experts across the organization, he supports WRI’s engagement with key stakeholders and initiatives working on NCS and Nature-based Solutions, guides relevant research, and coordinates communications on the use of NCS to enhance climate ambition.

Prior to joining WRI, David’s work centered on eliminating deforestation and human rights abuses from the production of globally traded agricultural commodities like palm oil, soy, and cattle products. He spent eight years with the National Wildlife Federation and previously consulted for the World Bank and Climate Focus, specializing in REDD+, climate finance, and land-use policy.

David holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry (now Yale School of the Environment) and a B.A. from Bates College. Based in Washington, DC, he enjoys getting out in nature with his family and cheering for Philadelphia sports teams.