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Our Staff

Genevieve Bennett
Genevieve Bennett is a Senior Associate at Ecosystem Marketplace, contributing market tracking and analysis to both the water and biodiversity programs. She is the lead author of “Charting New Waters: State of Watershed Payments 2012,” a co-author of the “State of Biodiversity Markets 2011” report, and has written on water and biodiversity finance for Ecosystem Marketplace as well as Environmental Finance magazine and The Little Biodiversity Finance Book. Prior to joining Ecosystem Marketplace, she managed a demand assessment project for the Willamette Partnership in Oregon, modeling how risk and uncertainty affect demand for environmental credits in the Willamette marketplace. Genevieve has also held positions at the United Nations, the NYU School of Public Service, the Breakthrough Institute, and as a lecturer with the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program. She holds an MS in Environmental Policy & Regulation from the London School of Economics and a BA from New York University.

Jan Cassin
Jan is Project Director for Forest Trends’ ‘Scaling up Payments for Ecosystem Services to Meet the Global Water Crisis’, a project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.  Jan is an ecologist with expertise in freshwater and marine systems, and has applied experience with a wide range of water resource management issues. Her work has emphasized developing technical and policy solutions to natural resource issues that take an ecosystem approach, prioritizing the maintenance of natural capital or green infrastructure to support both healthy ecosystems and human well-being. Previously with Forest Trends, Jan has worked with the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme to support the use of voluntary offsets as a tool for managing biodiversity risks for business and society.  Jan has also worked in the private sector – as a consultant with Parametrix, an engineering and environmental consulting firm, as well as for national and local governments in the western US, and for The Nature Conservancy. She completed her undergraduate work in biology at the University of Colorado, and then received her MSC and PhD in ecology at the University of Michigan

Ben Dappen
Ben has worked with Forest Trends since November 2000 as Webmaster and IT Associate, and also provides design and publishing support. He also serves as a web developer for a number of Forest Trends' partners, including the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and Ecoagriculture Partners. Ben graduated from Reed College in 2004 with a History degree.

Gena Gammie
Gena is a Program Associate with the Katoomba Incubator and also works closely with Forest Trends’ emerging portfolio of freshwater-focused projects and analyses. Gena holds an MSc in Environmental Policy & Regulation from the London School of Economics, where she did her dissertation on stakeholder engagement for sustainable watershed management. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Gena conducted regional, federal, and international climate policy analysis at ICLEI USA - Local Governments for Sustainability. Her experience also includes work in London supporting McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice, where she helped to communicate the firm’s work in such areas as carbon economics and sustainable biofuels. She received her BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University in 2009.

Michael Jenkins
Michael is President of Forest Trends. From 1989-1999, he was the Associate Director for the Global Security and Sustainability Program of the MacArthur Foundation. Michael's responsibilities with the Program included all grant-making in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as overarching program management. In 1998, Michael was in a joint appointment as a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank. Before entering the MacArthur Foundation, he worked for three years as an agroforester in Haiti with the USAID  Agroforestry Outreach Program. Previous to that, he worked with a Washington-based development organization, Appropriate Technology International, as a technical advisor. In the late 1970s, Michael was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay working in agriculture, apiculture, and forestry projects. He has traveled and worked throughout Latin America, Asia and parts of Africa, and speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, Creole and Guaraní. Michael has contributed to a number of books and articles, and with Island Press published "The Business of Sustainable Forestry: Strategies for an Industry in Transition". He holds a Master's of Forest Science from Yale University.

Steve Zwick
Steve is the Managing Editor of the Ecosystem Marketplace. Before joining the Ecosystem Marketplace, Steve was a contributing writer to the site, as well as to several other magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. He also hosts the current affairs program Newslink on Deutsche Welle Radio, and has been short-listed twice for the World Leadership Forum's Business Journalist of the Year Award. He attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.