Team

 
 
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eron bloomgarden

Founder & Managing Partner

Eron is Founder and Managing Partner of Climate and Forest Capital, LLC. He is an expert in environmental finance, green infrastructure and impact investing. Eron is also a frequent speaker who has advised governments and corporations on many aspects of environmental finance. He is an experienced impact investor with over a decade of fund management experience. He is also an adjunct professor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University where he was a member of the inaugural faculty of the MSc in Sustainability Management program. Prior to CFC, Eron was Partner at Encourage Capital where he was the Portfolio Manager of the EKO Green Carbon Fund, President of Environmental Markets at Equator LLC, and U.S. Country Director at EcoSecurities, the world’s largest carbon credit company listed on the London Stock Exchange and acquired by JP Morgan. Eron was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Biodiversity and Natural Capital and served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Markets Association. In 2018, Eron was a TED Resident in a program through TED which served as an incubator for breakthrough ideas, and gave a TED Talk on valuing and investing in nature. Eron earned an M.P.A. from Columbia University and completed the PLD at Harvard Business School.

 
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adrienne von schulthess

Associate

Adrienne von Schulthess is an Associate at Climate and Forest Capital. Previously, she worked at Encourage Capital and Meridian Institute, where she focused on carbon markets and supply chain incentives to reduce deforestation. She graduated from Stanford University with honors in International Security Studies. Over the last two years she has been a guest speaker on groundwater policy for the University of California Consortium in Washington D.C.

 
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erik norell

Consultant

Erik is a consultant at CFC, primarily focused on developing investment strategies to conserve working lands in the U.S. Erik previously worked for Armonia LLC, an impact investment firm focused on building the field of regenerative agriculture. While working at Armonia, he conducted research and financial analysis for the first public market assessment of the grassfed beef sector. Prior to joining Armonia, he earned an MBA and MEM from Yale's School of Management and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Before that, Erik served for six years in the Army as a military intelligence officer, deploying to Iraq and writing on energy security for the Defense Department. Erik grew up in Virginia, where he now owns and manages a small farm along with three classmates from the University of Virginia.


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Ruben Lubowski

Senior Advisor

Ruben is the Chief Natural Resources Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, specializing in climate policy. He oversees internal analytical efforts and works with external researchers and policy practitioners to design and implement carbon markets and other strategies to address global climate change.

Before joining EDF, Ruben spent five years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service as a natural resource and agricultural economist and the agency’s specialist on land use. He also developed and managed environmental projects in Latin America at the United Nations Development Program and conducted research at the World Bank and the Harvard Institute for International Development. Ruben spent two years in rainforest communities in Sri Lanka designing and conducting surveys to quantify the value of forest products.

Ruben received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in Political Economy and Government and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

 
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Rick Nogueira

Senior Advisor

Ricardo “Rick” Nogueira is an independent climate finance consultant and a Senior Advisor at Albion Capital. Previously he served as the Climate Finance Team Lead in the Office of Global Change at the U.S. Department of State. In this role he oversaw climate finance negotiation efforts and served as the alternate U.S. board member on the Green Climate Fund, the largest multilateral climate fund.

Rick was previously the Director of EEA North America, where he was responsible for founding and managing a $400 million clean energy fund (Leaf Clean Energy Company) and also oversaw the US and Latin American portfolios of Trading Emissions plc, an AIM listed carbon and clean energy investment fund. From 2000 to 2005, Nogueira was a senior associate at the law firm of Van Ness Feldman focusing on CDM transactions and climate policy. Prior to Van Ness Feldman, he spent 3 years with the Brazilian law firm of Felsberg & Associados, where he was involved in some of the earliest CDM projects.

He holds a BA from Lafayette College and a JD from Seton Hall School of Law. 

 
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Rick Mayo Smith

Senior Advisor

Richmond Mayo-Smith is a private investor who focuses on sustainable investments and emerging markets.  He has worked in Asia for the past 35 years, living for 10 years in Hong Kong, 20 years in Vietnam, and five years in Singapore.

He is the co-founder of Indochina Capital and its real estate division, Indochina Land, which is one of Vietnam’s premier real estate development firms with a portfolio of operating assets and projects under development valued in excess of US$2 billion.  In 2008, Indochina Capital raised US $470 million on the London Main Board. Mr. Mayo-Smith served as CEO of the Indochina Capital Vietnam Holdings Ltd from 2008 to 2010.

Prior to starting with Indochina Capital, he served as an advisor to Citicorp Capital and Morgan Stanley, with responsibility for sourcing investments in the Indochina region.  From 1981 to 1991, he was an entrepreneur in the hospitality business, based in Hong Kong but operating throughout Asia. Mayo-Smith was the founding chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ho Chih Minh City from 1994-1995, where he was active in the normalization of relations between Vietnam and the United States. 

He has an M.B.A. from New York University, a B.A. in Urban Planning and Environmental Design from Hampshire College, and he completed a project finance and appraisal executive program at Harvard University.

 
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John Monsky

Senior Advisor

John R. Monsky is a Partner and General Counsel of Oak Hill Capital Partners and has been part of the firm since 1993. Mr. Monsky has senior responsibility for the structuring and legal aspects of the firm’s acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to joining Oak Hill, he was a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Prior to that, he was Assistant Counsel to the United States Senate Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair and a law clerk to the Hon. Thomas P. Griesa, Federal Judge, Southern District of New York. Mr. Monsky earned a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Yale University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

 

 
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Thomas O. Murtha

Senior Advisor

Thomas (Tom) Murtha resides in both New York City and Norfolk, Connecticut and is working with many others to transition to a new story where we make a more regenerative, inclusive, kinder and beautiful world possible. At Preventable Surprises, his work focuses on forceful stewardship and corporate engagement to address systemic risk. After retiring from the Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tom continues work initiated at TNC to close materials flow loops to enable healthier and sustainable human energy and resource use.  Post TNC, Tom advises pensions and endowments on sustainable investing issues. As an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES), Tom teaches “Sustainable Investing,“ “Scenarios for a Sustainable World” and “Principles, Tools and Approaches for a More Resilient World.”

Previously, Tom worked as an analyst and investment banker in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York for the investment bank Jardine Fleming. At T. Rowe Price Associates in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Tom was a portfolio manager for the International Stock Fund and the Global Technology Fund. Tom is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned an MPA degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and, MA and BS degrees, in economics and mathematics, respectively, from Ohio University. 

 
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Adam Wolfensohn

Senior Advisor

Adam Wolfensohn is a Co-Managing Partner at Encourage Capital. Before the merger, Adam was Managing Director at Wolfensohn Fund Management and also managed the Wolfensohn family office cleantech and environmental markets strategies. From 2003 to 2006, he produced the climate change documentary, “Everything’s Cool,” that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. From 2002 to 2003, he worked with Conservation International to help various rock groups and music festivals offset their carbon emissions through avoided deforestation projects. Prior to 2002, Adam composed music for numerous films, television commercials and theater productions, and he was founder and CEO of “Red Ramona,” an award winning music and sound design studio in New York City. He is a Trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Yad Hanadiv, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Harmony Institute and Bang on a Can. He is a member of the investment committee of Rockefeller Brothers Fund and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Adam earned a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.E.M. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.