|Title:||Senior Manager, Landscape Standard|
|Languages spoken:||English, Spanish|
Dave is the Senior Manager of the Landscape Standard (LS) at Verra. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the development of the LS, leading Verra’s cooperation with Rainforest Alliance, the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), and other partners, as well as managing Verra’s LS staff and grants.
Prior to joining Verra, Dave served as the Director of Strategy and Impact at EcoLogic Development Fund, a Boston-based NGO focused on empowering communities to lead the conservation of critical ecosystems in Mexico and Central America. While at EcoLogic, he began two engagements that he continues to be involved in: serving as a co-lead for the Conservation Coaches Network’s (CCNet) Mesoamerica franchise and helping plan the Mesoamerican Landscapes Dialogue with Ecoagriculture Partners and the Landscapes for People Food and Nature Initiative. Before working in international development and conservation, he started his career as a secondary school teacher in Cali, Colombia, in the late 90’s. The promise and challenge of Colombia at that time inspired him to pursue a career in sustainable development, and he remains dedicated to the country in numerous ways, hoping to help ensure that sustainable management of its natural wealth figures prominently in its post-conflict recovery.
Dave earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School, a Bachelor’s degree in English and teaching certificate from Dartmouth College, and a Certificate in Outdoor Leadership from Greenfield Community College. After living in Boston for fifteen years, he and his family (wife, two children, and two dogs) fled to warmer Austin, Texas and have been exploring Austin since 2016.
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