|Title:||Chief Operating and Financial Officer|
Will is the Chief Operating and Financial Officer of VCS and is responsible for overseeing management of the VCS Program, the Climate Community & Biodiversity Standards and one of the State of California’s offset project registries. He is also responsible for overseeing all personnel, finance, information technology and legal operations of the VCS.
Before joining the VCS, Will was a Vice President and Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). While at the pioneering voluntary cap-and-trade program, he managed the Exchange’s public policy outreach to the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. He also played a leading role in coordinating CCX’s development of new environmental products and business ventures.
Will’s career arc has involved leadership roles in pioneering and cutting edge organizations from VCS and CCX to the first public sector financing program in the U.S. for developing technologies and market-based mechanisms to promote pollution prevention, waste reduction, re-use and recycling. His work has been emulated by state agencies across the country and the U.S. EPA. He is a recipient of a Presidential Award for Sustainable Development.
Will holds a Master’s degree in Resource Management and Policy in addition to a Ph.D. in Resource Economics from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resource Management from The Pennsylvania State University.
Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards
Supporting land use projects in addressing climate change, supporting local communities and smallholders and conserving biodiversity
California Offset Project Registry
The VCS Offset Project Registry (OPR) facilitates the participation of offset projects within the California cap-and-trade program