Naomi Swickard

Title: Chief Market Development Officer
Joined Verra: 2009
Languages spoken:Spanish (intermediate), French (basic), Russian (stale), Thai (travelers)
Lives: Geneva, Switzerland

As Chief Market Development Officer, Naomi is responsible for ensuring continued and growing uptake of Verra standards. She also provides strategic input to the ongoing development of standards frameworks including the Landscape Standard, a new initiative which provides outcome-based metrics for assessing sustainable production at the landscape scale. In addition, she works to establish and oversee key partnerships for existing and new frameworks, including with donors, host countries and business and NGO partners.

Naomi has been with Verra since 2009 and previously served as the Director for Land-based Frameworks. She oversaw the development of the Landscape Standard, the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) framework, and managed the evolution of the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Requirements, which is now the preeminent global carbon accounting standard for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) projects. Naomi oversaw the expansion of the AFOLU standard to include peatlands, wetlands, grasslands, and shrublands, as well as a number of additional tools, updates, and improvements to the AFOLU Requirements.  

Before joining Verra, Naomi focused on quality assurance for VCS, Gold Standard, and CDM projects with South Pole Carbon and provided program coordination for climate change and environmental services programs with Conservation International. She has worked on climate and environment-related issues for more than 15 years. Naomi holds a Master’s degree in International Development, with a focus on Environmental Policy, from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.

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