David Antonioli

Title:Chief Executive Officer
Joined VCS:2008
Born:Mexico City, Mexico
Lives:Bethesda, MD

David serves as Chief Executive Officer of VCS where he oversees all aspects of the organization, particularly in respect of ensuring that the organization’s certification programs meet high quality integrity and transparency standards. David also ensures the financial health of the organization and guides the process of identifying and developing new standards frameworks that will drive investment in actions that deliver significant social and environmental benefits in the context of a changing climate. David works closely with the VCS Board to chart the future course of the organization, and spearheads outreach to government, foundation, business and environmental leaders around the world.

A world-renowned expert on climate change, David began his work in this sector when we worked for ICF Consulting in 1994 and provided technical advice to several Latin American countries developing their GHG inventories. In 1999 he served on the team that verified the emission reductions achieved by the ILUMEX project which replaced two million incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs in the cities of Guadalajara and Monterrey, Mexico. Later that year, David joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Mexico as its global climate change advisor overseeing the development of an energy-sector grid emission factor and baseline studies for forest protection efforts.

In 2003, David joined EcoSecurities in Oxford (UK) where he led a joint venture between the firm and Biogas Technology Ltd. to develop landfill gas-to-energy projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). At EcoSecurities David also spearheaded the company’s efforts in the voluntary market. In this role, David helped to identify key infrastructure and procedural needs that the voluntary carbon market lacked in the early days of its existence.

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Princeton University and a Master’s in Public Policy, with concentrations in Environmental Policy and International Development, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Originally born in Mexico City where he lived until he turned 15, David now resides in Bethesda, MD with his family. 

Chief Executive Officer
Washington, DC