The California Impact Investing Fellow will be a member of California’s Conservation Investment Department, with the primary responsibility of identifying and facilitating the development of investment opportunities in a range of asset types (e.g., freshwater, agriculture, forestry, fisheries) across California. The Fellow will work closely with NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy’s global impact investment unit.
The Conservation Investments Department supports the California chapter’s work in environmental economics, conservation finance and impact investing. The Department conducts economics- and finance-related analyses on TNC projects and serves as internal consultants to various TNC California teams to bring economic, financial and business expertise to the design and implementation of the Conservancy’s conservation priorities. The Conservation Investments Department works closely with NatureVest on impact investing deals. NatureVest’s mission is to create and transact investable deals that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors. To learn more, visit: www.naturevesttnc.org.
The California Impact Investing Fellow will primarily be focused on sourcing and developing a pipeline of impact investment transactions for the California chapter. S/he will represent the Conservation Investments Department in exploratory discussions with regional conservation, industry (e.g., agricultural, forestry, freshwater) and finance experts (including Nature Conservancy staff) to assess the relevance of potential projects to California’s impact investment deal pipeline. The Fellow will initially focus on exploring impact investing opportunities for two core strategies of the California Chapter’s Water Program: securing environmental flows and advancing sustainable groundwater management. The Water Program’s strategy of securing environmental flows focuses on providing the water that fish and wildlife need at specific times and specific places by engaging with farmers, ranchers and communities to free up water. The Water Program’s strategy of advancing sustainable groundwater management focuses on working with local communities to reverse dramatic over-pumping of groundwater so that both nature and people can benefit from underground aquifers well into the future.