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We are a non-profit intermediary engaging between tropical forest countries and the private sector to mobilize finance to support emissions reductions in deforestation. We do this by developing and bringing-to-market practical, credible and large scale forest protection solutions.

Why we exist


Tropical forests are one of the most powerful tools to slow and ultimately halt climate change. They store up to 1/4 of all the aboveground carbon and represent 50% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Protecting tropical forests is necessary to address the climate and biodiversity crises.


Only by working with national and state governments, “jurisdictions,” and by channelling private capital, can we achieve the massive reductions in deforestation required. The jurisdictional approach safeguards a minimum size of  2.5 million hectares, offering the scale needed to protect tropical forests in the fastest way for the climate.


Tropical forests could provide nearly one-quarter of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed between now and 2030 to stabilize warming to below 2°C. We are running out of time – we need new thinking and urgent action. We have a historic opportunity to bend the climate curve – if we act now.

Our Partners

We are supported by a coalition of pre-eminent organizations, NGOs and governments. As a non-profit, our only financial focus is maximizing the sale of carbon credits to fund forest protection programmes.

The Rockefeller Foundation

By identifying and accelerating breakthrough solutions, ideas and conversations, The Rockefeller Foundation works to support climate change solutions globally.


Norway has pledged up to three billion NOK a year to help save the world’s tropical forests.

Environmental Defence Fund

The Environmental Defence Fund is committed to creating lasting solutions to our biggest environmental challenges.

Oak Hill Capital Partners

Oak Hill Capital values our tropical forests’ critical role in protecting biodiversity and supporting sustainable local development.

Good Energies

Funding forest protection is one of the ways the Good Energies Foundation works towards their goal of preventing climate change and mitigating its harm.

Global Development Incubator

GDI matches ambitious leaders and concepts to drive the power needed to launch and scale the systematic and transformational impact for forest protection.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins is dedicated to supporting and achieving climate strategies by providing a collaborative approach for forest protection.

One team. One vision.

The Emergent team is an experienced, multifaceted group of individuals, who share a vision to protect tropical forests for the planet. Our team is a collection of finance and policy experts, all galvanized by the opportunity to create real, transformational change.

Eron Bloomgarden

Eron Bloomgarden

Executive Director


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International expert in environmental markets, climate finance, and impact investing. Inaugural faculty of the MSc in Sustainability Management, now adjunct professor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Founder of Climate and Forest Capital LLC, Former Partner at Encourage Capital and Portfolio Manager of the EKO Green Carbon Fund, President of Environmental Markets at Equator LLC, and U.S. Country Director at EcoSecurities.

Rocio Sanz Cortes

Rocio Sanz Cortes

Managing Director, Supply


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Rocio Sanz Cortes serves as Emergent's Managing Director of Supply. Rocio is an agriculture and forestry specialist. Her work focuses on nature-based solutions and climate finance. She has over 15 years of work experience advising organizations such as FAO, UN-REDD, UNDP, GCF, World Bank and Indufor. She holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor’s degree on Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Allan Traicoff

Allan Traicoff

Chief Commercial Officer


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Allan is a commercial strategist that has delivered customer-centric business transformation within Fortune 500 companies around the world. With over 20 years of directing sales and marketing teams, Allan is known across transportation and energy sectors for business innovation and alliance formation. Allan joined Emergent from Shell where he was working with CSOs and NGOs to create the world’s first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) ‘inset’ for use by corporates and airlines to reach their net-zero targets. Allan is based in Austin, TX.

Jon Shepard

Jon Shepard

Chief Operations Officer


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Jon is a Director at the Global Development Incubator and operates as the interim Chief Operating Officer for Emergent. Previously, Jon was a Director at EY, where he conceived and set up a global non-profit unit that worked with leading impact entrepreneurs in low and middle-income countries. Earlier in his career, Jon worked for Accenture, The Prince’s Trust – a leading youth development NGO in the UK – and was an infantry officer in the British Army.

Ruben Lubowski

Ruben Lubowski

Senior Operating Advisor


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Natural resource economics and climate policy expert, widely recognized for analyzing and modelling land-use changes and policy approaches for reducing emissions through forestry, agriculture, and bioenergy activities. Chief Natural Resource Economist at EDF, with prior research and policy leadership at UDSA’s Economic Research Service, the UN Development Program and the World Bank.

Josh Margolis

Josh Margolis

Senior Commercial Advisor


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Josh Margolis serves as Senior Commercial Advisor at Emergent. He provides advice to Emergent and its private sector clients on climate solutions that are commercially relevant, beneficial, and impactful. Josh has provided brokerage, advisory, and capacity building services to stakeholders involved in voluntary and compliance-focused emissions trading systems (ETS) in the Amazon, Australasia, Southeast Asia, Europe, Mexico, Chile, China, Korea, Japan, Canada, and the US. Before joining Emergent, Josh was with the Environmental Defense Fund where he supported efforts to launch Emergent, supported China’s efforts to roll out the carbon trading pilots and the national ETS, developed CarbonSim, and trained thousands of ETS stakeholders. Josh is also a co-inventor of a patent that provides for the neutralization and offsetting of equities. He graduated from Duke University and has lectured at and has run carbon market simulations for a dozen universities and secondary schools.

Jon Anda

Jon Anda

Special Advisor


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Jon Anda serves as a Special Advisor to Emergent. Jon is a former Vice Chairman and head of Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley, where he served for over twenty years in New York, Hong Kong, and Chicago. Jon left Morgan Stanley in 2007 with a personal commitment to climate finance and climate change. He served at the Environmental Defense Fund as President of the Environmental Markets Network and was a Visiting Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute. He testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill and published “US Carbon Market Design” and “Strategic Reserve Coupons” for Nicholas as well as “Economics of climate policy under uncertainty” for the Journal of Energy Policy. He also served as EVP Strategy for an energy analytics startup.

Moon Herrick

Moon Herrick

Vice President, Natural Climate Solutions


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Moon Herrick is a climate finance professional with expertise in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Ms. Herrick’s recent experience includes carbon accounting and knowledge management for the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and serving as the technical expert on forests for the International Finance Corporation’s division of Climate Business Development.

Paz Lozano

Paz Lozano

Vice President, Forests


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Paz Lozano is the Vice President of Forestry at Emergent and is based in Oakland, California. Before joining Emergent, Paz spent eight years at EP Carbon managing the technical development of over 11 successfully validated and verified forest carbon projects under the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard. Paz led the successful verification of over 33 million tonnes of net emissions reductions across these projects, resulting in carbon credit revenue for the protection of over 600,000 hectares of tropical forest and the generation of positive social and biodiversity impacts across all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Paz has worked in the REDD+ sector in countries across Central America, South America, Southeast Asia, and Central Africa. She holds a degree in environmental science from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on forestry and geographic information systems.

Utkarsh Agarwal

Utkarsh Agarwal

Vice President, Transactions


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Utkarsh (Uti) Agarwal is the Vice President of Transactions at Emergent and is based in New York. He is responsible for structuring, designing, and negotiating Emergent transactions, including the terms of the LEAF Coalition. Before joining Emergent, Uti spent six years in the carbon and climate finance group at Encourage Capital, making investments in forestry projects and emerging climate tech opportunities. Uti worked on transactions that generated over 10 million tons of carbon credits for sale in the California cap-and-trade market that protected at-risk forest land owned by Native American tribes, private landowners, and institutional timber investors. After leaving Encourage, Uti worked on the project finance team at Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, one of the nation’s largest owners and operators of renewable energy with over $4 bn worth of solar and wind assets. Uti graduated from Dartmouth College with an engineering degree. He grew up in Kashmir, India and has lived in Canada, Hong Kong and Malaysia. He is a politics junkie and volunteers with political campaigns in his free time. He also serves as a fundraiser and is an alumni representative for his international school in Canada which he attended on a full scholarship.

Bryan McCann

Bryan McCann

Vice President, Markets


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Bryan is the Vice President, Markets at Emergent. He works closely with corporate partners to help meet their climate objectives. Prior to joining Emergent, Bryan was a Senior Associate at the Global Development Incubator, supporting Emergent on an interim basis. Bryan is a management consultant by trade, working with Fortune 100 companies in Canada and the US with Oliver Wyman, a top-five global consultancy. He also has significant global development experience from his work with One Acre Fund, a large agricultural development social enterprise, and the World Food Programme in Rome.

Nick Mandrus

Nick Mandrus

Senior Manager, Finance & Operations


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Nick is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 12 years of accounting and finance experience in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining Emergent, Nick served as the Director of Finance and Operations for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, a contemporary art museum located in Miami, Florida. As a vital member of the Senior Management team, Nick oversaw the financial management of the museum, as well as the facility and operations. Previously, Nick worked for Raffa, P.C. (now Marcum LLP) in Washington, D.C. as an Audit Manager overseeing audit engagements for a broad portfolio of mission-based organizations. Nick has a Master of Accountancy degree from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Katie Deeg

Katie Deeg



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An Associate at Emergent, Katie has experience in climate change mitigation technologies, clean energy research, scientific modelling, and data analysis. Prior to Emergent, Katie completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, where she researched materials for clean energy applications including carbon capture and hydrogen storage. She carried out part of her doctoral work at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Before her Ph.D., Katie did computational chemistry research at University Pablo de Olavide in Spain under a Fulbright grant.

Eric Plançon

Eric Plançon

Research and Development Associate


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A Master’s graduate in Aerospace Engineering, Eric has considerable experience in laboratory research, turbulence modelling and super-computer simulation. Eric has previous experience in the renewables sector, leading lead wind turbine QA/QC in the Palmas Altas (US) wind farm. He also served as a project manager for SME solar systems in Australia. Eric holds a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Catalonia in Spain and earned his MSc in the Laboratory for Turbulent Research and Aerospace Combustion at Monash University under an Australian Research Council grant. He has also completed a Medical Neuroscience certificate from Duke University and an Applied Artificial Intelligence Professional Certificate from IBM.

Fernanda Ferreira

Fernanda Ferreira



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Elizabeth Sherr

Elizabeth Sherr

Marketing Associate


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Elizabeth holds a BSc. in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Florida with a minor in Extension Education and a MSc. from the Erasmus Mundus joint master’s program in Marine Environment Resources. Elizabeth was an Erasmus scholarship holder in which she studied in Spain, France, and Belgium. Traveling and immersing in different cultures and learning about international environmental issues grew Elizabeth’s fondness for protecting nature, through which she promotes on her social media platforms. Previously, Elizabeth was part of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholarship Program for increasing engagement and opportunities for minorities in the field of conservation, and subsequently the Environmental Leadership Program for enhancing influence and guidance in conservation.

Nina Hrisos

Nina Hrisos

Executive Assistant 


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Nina is the Executive Assistant at Emergent and is based in Sitges, Spain. Prior to joining Emergent, Nina provided executive, operational and administrative support across a range of different industries and has completed certifications in team and project management. With an academic background in Psychology and Social Sciences, Nina previously worked as a Research Assistant at Newcastle University, contributing toward published academic reviews funded by Public Health England and the National Institute for Health Research. Nina is passionate about social and environmental issues and is inspired by work that aims to build a better future.

Emily Birch

Emily Birch



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Emily joins us from the consulting firm McKinsey, where she specialized in sustainability. This included developing the Taskforce for Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, and co-authoring a report on the case and requirements to scale investment to nature-based solutions with the World Economic Forum. She is passionate about nature conservation, and has done manual conservation labour in the Malua Forest Reserve in Borneo and Pico Turquino National Park in Cuba. Before joining McKinsey, Emily worked for an education non-profit and has a degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge.


Lorenzo Bernasconi

Lorenzo Bernasconi

Fellow, Stanford University; Former Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

Mahua Acharya

Mahua Acharya

Managing Director and CEO, Convergence Energy Services Limited.

Peter Knight

Peter Knight

Founding Partner and President (former) of Generation Investment Management

Richard Kauffman

Richard Kauffman

Chairman, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Nat Keohane

Nat Keohane

Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

“Nature-based solutions are an opportunity to unlock remarkable potential of nature to address the triple planetary crises of climate change, pollution, and loss of nature and biodiversity”

Susan Gardner, Director of Ecosystems Divisions at UNEP

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