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Senior Faculty Specialist; Senior Fellow, CGS
  • Provide leadership and expertise related to large-scale ecosystem restoration and financing
  • Have helped guide local and state climate resilience policy across the region
  • Made effective and lasting connections between the public and private sectors, specifically as it relates to financing environmental outcomes

Dan Nees is a senior research associate with the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) at the School of Public Policy. Prior to his tenure at CGS, Dan was the director of the University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center.  For the past 20 years Dan has assisted communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in their efforts to finance environmental and sustainable development initiatives. His work currently focuses on developing innovative market and performance-based financing systems to reduce the cost of climate change and environmental mitigation, adaptation, and resilience at local, state, and regional levels. In addition to his work at the University of Maryland, Dan led environmental market and water quality programs at Forest Trends, a global NGO that seeks to develop market and economic solutions to global environmental problems, and at the World Resources Institute (WRI), an environmental think-tank. Dan earned a B.A. in Economics, a Master of Environmental Policy, and a Master of Business Administration, all from the University of Maryland College Park

Areas of Interest
  • Sustainable finance; resilience planning; state & local governance