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ACR’s expertise is unmatched by our peers. Our team of professionals has over 100 years of collective experience in environmental and carbon markets working in offset project development, climate policy, offset methodology development, offset project verification and registry operations. We understand the complex technical, market and regulatory issues involved in developing offset projects and work with carbon asset owners to navigate the project registration and verification process through to issuance of carbon credits.

As a business unit of Winrock International, ACR is governed by the Winrock Board of Directors and reports to the Winrock Senior Management Team

American Carbon Registry Team:

John Kadyszewski, Director of Winrock International’s American Carbon Registry. For more than 30 years he has worked to apply sound science and economics to energy and resource management issues with experience in the U.S. and more than 20 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. In the early 90s, Mr. Kadyszewski led Winrock’s efforts to develop and field-test peer-reviewed methods and procedures for measuring carbon storage in forestry and agroforestry projects.  He directed collaboration efforts with the electric power industry and the environmental community resulting in the design, development and implementation of multiple forestry, land use change and renewable energy projects to sequester carbon or reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. In the late 90s, he managed development of advanced monitoring tools that combine aerial digital imagery with spatial information systems to improve measurement and analysis of land management practices and associated environmental impacts. He founded the Ecosystem Services Group at Winrock in 2001 and was the co-leader of terrestrial sequestration work for the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership. Today he continues as the co-leader of terrestrial sequestration work for the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership covering potential terrestrial sequestration activities in California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona, including highlighting the significant impact fire has and will have on existing and future carbon stocks on forest lands in the west. He co-led work sponsored by the California Energy Commission’s PIER program to establish baselines and quantify terrestrial carbon sequestration opportunities for the State of California. He is a co-founder of the Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund and the International Cane Energy Network and has authored studies and reports, testified before congressional committees, and made numerous national and international presentations. He has a BS in engineering from Princeton University.

Mary Grady, Deputy Director of Winrock International’s American Carbon Registry, has been active in environmental markets for over 25 years including a decade at ACR. In her current role, she manages operations and ACR's respected team of technical and policy experts in the California regulated and the voluntary carbon markets. She leads the implementation of strategies to ensure ACR’s approval in new compliance carbon markets and actively represents Winrock as a UNFCCC observer organization. Upon joining ACR, Mary developed and implemented a communications and outreach strategy that rebranded ACR and built its reputation as the premium U.S. GHG program. She has overseen the development and updates to the ACR Standard, the development of three generations of ACR’s registry platform and led ACR’s strategy to enter the California market, positioning ACR for approval as an Offset Project Registry in 2012. Prior to ACR, Mary worked for over 15 years in the renewable energy industry. As Development Operations Leader of Clipper Windpower, she managed the project development team and 10,000 MW project portfolio, valued at over $1 billion. Mary lived in Brazil for five years including as Director of Winrock's Brazil office and as Director of Kyocera Solar’s pioneering rural electrification program. She  began her renewable energy career at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Mary has an international MBA and speaks Portuguese and Spanish. She serves on the Council of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).

Jessica Orrego, ACR Director of Forestry, is responsible for overseeing the listing, verification and registration of forest carbon projects developed under the California compliance and early action offset protocols as well as under ACR’s voluntary carbon offset methodologies. Jessica has over 15 years of carbon-related work experience in the areas of offset project development and climate change consulting services. Prior to joining ACR, Jessica served for five years as VP of Environmental Markets at Equator LLC, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of compliance and voluntary market forest carbon projects in their investment portfolio, as well as providing forest carbon project screening and management services to several independent clients. Jessica previously served as Head of US Project Implementation at EcoSecurities in New York, where she managed a team that successfully registered over 40 projects under the Clean Development Mechanism as well as in the voluntary carbon market. Jessica also worked as a Senior Consultant for Energy for Sustainable Development (part of Camco Group) in the UK, focusing on carbon projects in the forestry and renewable energy sectors as well as at the US Climate Change Science Program in Washington DC, where she coordinated carbon cycle research across nine government agencies. She helped to develop the Plan Vivo standard and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Plan Vivo Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Forestry from the University of Vermont.

Lauren Nichols, ACR Technical Manager, assists in the development of ACR standards and methodologies for GHG offset projects, sets up systems and develops templates to streamline registry operations, provides technical support for project review and verification oversight, and assists with client management. Ms. Nichols is also responsible for conducting offset project eligibility screenings for certification on ACR, and coordinating scientific peer review processes for the approval of new methodologies. In coordination with other Winrock staff, Ms. Nichols helped develop the ACR’s offset screening and scoring tool, which provides a mechanism to evaluate the merits of GHG offset projects in a quantitative way. Ms. Nichols has worked in the environmental non-profit arena since 2004 and she holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management, with a concentration of Environmental Economics, from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Bates College.

Eric Ripley, ACR Senior Program Officer, is responsible for the review California compliance and voluntary market project listings and for providing oversight to project verification, registration and offset issuance for a variety of project types. He will also serve as a team member for offset methodology approvals and as ACR’s representative to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Eric comes to ACR with broad carbon market and climate change experience in the areas of carbon offset project verification, project development, and greenhouse gas reporting mechanisms. He has assisted clients with offset project types including landfill gas, agricultural methane, transportation initiatives, industrial gas destruction, biomass, energy efficiency, and fuel switching. His organizational greenhouse gas management experience includes the development, reporting, and verification of climate action plans and greenhouse gas inventories for programs such as The Climate Registry, the Carbon Disclosure Project, and various state and provincial GHG programs. Prior to ACR, Eric was the Senior Environmental Scientist at Ruby Canyon Engineering where he provided carbon offset verification services under numerous voluntary programs and under the AB32 Compliance Offset Program for which he is accredited by the California Air Resources Board as a Lead Verifier for Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Destruction and Livestock projects. Eric was previously a carbon management consultant at First Environment, Inc. and was the Greenhouse Gas Program Manager for TUV SUD America, Inc. At TUV SUD America, he was responsible for the company’s entry into the greenhouse gas business in North America. This work required the development of all program policies and procedures to achieve American National Standards Institute (ANSI) GHG accreditation as well as numerous sector approvals under the ANSI program. Additionally, he has worked on the development of sustainability reporting standards for AccountAbility and has interned with the U.S. EPA Environmental Finance Center where he conducted research on market-based environmental policy with a focus on GHG emissions trading schemes. Eric holds a Bachelor’s in Social and Environmental Studies from Indiana University, a Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Syracuse University.

Margaret Williams, ACR Program Officer, is responsible for the review California compliance and voluntary market project listings and for providing oversight to project verification, registration and offset issuance for a variety of project types. She also serves as a team member for offset methodology development and approvals. Prior to joining ACR, Margaret was at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute where she conducted science communications and helped manage a multi-institutional grant from NASA Ames Research Center. She has experience in GHG emissions verification, carbon offset project development, various GHG reporting protocols and GHG inventory and reduction plan development. At Impact Carbon, Margaret served as Program Manager for carbon asset development, various GHG reporting schemes and overseeing all survey design, fuel and emissions data collection, data analysis and document preparation for carbon asset validation and verification under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Gold Standard. She designed novel approaches for quantifying avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from rural households in Asia, Africa and Latin America where multiple clean energy technologies were installed and also represented Impact Carbon on the US Technical Advisory Committee (ISO) for Clean Cook stoves and Clean Cooking Solutions. From 2009 to 2013 Margaret was a senior climate change and air quality project manager and technical specialist at ICF International where she developed GHG emissions inventories and reduction plans for cities and counties in California as well as analyzed environmental data for regulatory compliance. She was a certified lead verifier (2009-2015) under the California Air Resources Board Mandatory Reporting Rule with Refineries and Transactions specialties and has conducted GHG audits for landfills and oil and gas facilities under the British Columbia and Alberta reporting schemes. Margaret holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Miami. She completed postdoctoral work at the University of California Irvine in the department of Earth System Science and also at NASA Ames Research Center.  While at UC Irvine, she held the Comer Fellowship for the Study of Abrupt Climate Change.

Christina Magerkurth, Senior Program Officer, provides expertise in offset project registration and verification. She has twenty years of experience in the environmental field including broad carbon market and climate change experience in the areas of carbon offset verification, project development and GHG reporting. Prior to joining ACR, Christy served as founder and President of Magerkurth Associates, Inc., where she provided client support for all facets of carbon offset project design and implementation, including for REDD projects, under ACR, VCS, CCB, Gold Standard and CDM. Prior to forming Magerkurth Associates, she worked as a climate change consultant for Exelon Corporation where she reviewed and provided comments on the impact of potential GHG regulations on their operating divisions and provided technical and management services to The Field Museum in support of their Peruvian REDD+ initiative. Ms. Magerkurth also previously worked for a decade for First Environment Inc. where she rose from Staff Engineer to Manager of Midwest Operations. During this time, she led over 50 offset project reduction validations and/or verifications under a variety of Standards and methodologies. She also served on the Canadian Standards Association verifier competency training development expert panel. Ms. Magerkurth has a Bachelors in Engineering & Applied Science (Environmental Engineering) from the California Institute of Technology and a Masters of Engineering in Environmental Management from Cornell University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Jette Findsen, Senior Program Officer, is responsible for the development of ACR climate investment standards. Jette has over 20 years of experience developing greenhouse gas accounting and carbon offsets standards and working with national and subnational organizations to identify, plan for, and finance climate strategies. Most recently she was a legislative fellow in the Office of Congressman Matthew Cartwright, where she worked on legislation related to climate risk disclosures, climate resilience, green infrastructure, stormwater management, abandoned coal mine lands, and financing of energy efficiency improvements. Prior to this, she was a Senior Associate and Climate Change Coordinator at Abt Associates, where she managed mitigation and adaptation projects in the U.S. and developing countries and coordinated climate change strategy across the company. She led projects to assess the economics of mitigation and build capacity for climate finance in Central, West, and South-East Asia, assisted cities in Latin America and the Caribbean with climate mitigation planning, strengthened capacity for climate resilient planning and monitoring in Tajikistan, and advised the Philippine government on establishing a national certification system for forest carbon projects. She also supported EPA with clean energy outreach to states and cities and oversaw a mission contract for EPA’s Climate Change Division to develop climate change indicators, build climate resilience in tribal communities, and support non-CO2 emission reductions in the waste, coal mining, oil & gas, and agriculture sectors. Before this, she was the Practice Leader for Climate Change at SAIC, where she assisted state and local governments, private sector organizations, and federal agencies with climate and sustainability planning, worked on technical guidance for EPA’s GHG Reporting Program, developed offsets protocols for the Climate Action Reserve and the EPA Climate Leaders Program, and advised Bank of America on the development of its corporate-wide climate change initiative. She is a Commissioner on the Anne Arundel County Citizens Environmental Commission where she recommends actions to protect the environment, promote clean energy, and build resilience to sea level rise and other climate change impacts.  Jette has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Energy, Environment, Science and Technology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Jessica Bede, ACR Program Officer, is responsible for conducting case studies and designing comparable and standardized environmental performance indicators for the municipal green bond market. Jessica has a wealth of experience in developing standards by which to quantify project-level greenhouse gas emission reductions and the associated economic, environmental, and public health co-benefits. She also specializes in establishing metrics and tools to monitor and evaluate project implementation and facilitate transparency in reporting. Her work has involved a variety of climate financing mechanisms and multiple project types giving Jessica a wide range of knowledge across the transportation, energy, building, natural resources, and waste sectors. Jessica joined ACR after seven years at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) where she first worked on compliance offset protocol development and credit issuance under the State’s Cap-and-Trade program and then the use of auction proceeds for California Climate Investments to further the State’s climate goals and benefit disadvantaged communities. Prior to CARB, she worked on the technical design of Carbon Tanzania’s first REDD project, which included establishing and strengthening the land rights of indigenous populations and delivering payments for ecosystem services to communities for development and livelihood needs. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master’s in International Development from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Kurt Krapfl, ACR Forestry Program Officer, provides expertise and support to clients working in both the California compliance and voluntary forest carbon markets. He is responsible for overseeing forestry project listing, registration, verification and offset issuance, providing technical support to forest project stakeholders as well as managing the development and approval of new forest and land use methodologies. Prior to joining ACR, Kurt worked at Mississippi State and Southern Illinois Universities conducting research related to forest carbon dynamics, silviculture, alternative cropping systems, soil biogeochemistry and the effects of disturbance upon forested ecosystems. His work has been disseminated in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He has worked for government entities, including the U.S. Forest Service and the National Parks Service, as well as private entities in forested and agroecosystems ranging from intensively managed forests of the Southern Coastal Plain and the Central Hardwoods to old-growth forests of the Great Smoky Mountains and montane ecosystems of the Intermountain West. Kurt received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Forestry from Southern Illinois University. He also holds a PhD in Forest Management from Mississippi State University.

Andrew Taylor, ACR Forestry Program Officer, provides technical forestry expertise to facilitate carbon offset projects in the California compliance and voluntary markets. He oversees the review of forestry and other land based offset project listing, verification, and registration, and coordinates new offset methodology approval. Andrew comes to ACR with a background in forest mensuration, forest inventory management, forestry technology deployment, and silviculture. He served as a Resource Information Forester for Hancock Forest Management, where he managed a national forest inventory program and implemented a new plantation assessment program to monitor and analyze stocking and seedling survival of recent plantings. He collected field forestry data for the US Forest Service in Colorado and Washington state, including several years working for the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program. Andrew earned a Master of Forestry (MF) degree in Sustainable Forest Management at Oregon State University, which concentrated on Silviculture, Fire and Forest Health. His research focused on silviculture for old-growth structure, particularly vertical canopy continuity, in the Oregon coast range, as well as the physiological impacts of partial harvest regimes and their influence on forest carbon dynamics. He has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a dual major in Music and German from the University of Vermont.

Quincey Oliver, ACR Forestry Program Officer, supports clients with forestry and other land based offset projects in both the California compliance and voluntary markets. She is responsible for reviewing offset project data reporting and verification documents, as well as supporting development of new quantification methodologies. Before joining ACR, Quincey served as the Forest Certification Coordinator for the American Tree Farm System, where she provided expertise in sustainable forest management standards and certification agreements across the United States. Quincey fostered participation and consensus among stakeholders to bring forest acreage into the program and ensure compliance. Previously, Quincey worked for the Institute for Sustainable Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia initiating reforestation projects. Quincey worked with Utah landowners during her time at the Utah Department of Natural Resources to inventory forestland and manage mountain pine beetle damage.  Quincey holds an MS in Forest Resources Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where she researched white pine regeneration in the Adirondack Mountains and efforts to sustainably return white pine to New York State lumber markets. She has BS in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire.

Maria-Cristina Silva, ACR Senior Program Associate, supports ACR’s carbon market activities as well as the development and piloting of novel quantification tools and approaches for assessment of climate impacts of investments. Before joining ACR, Maria-Cristina managed non-profit organizations projects in diverse fields including early literacy, public health, environmental education, international exchange, and social entrepreneurship. In those experiences, she could observe how climate change undermines poverty alleviation efforts by working first hand with disadvantaged populations such as indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian communities in the Andes, as well as entrepreneurs in Bangalore, India, and Central American immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Maria-Cristina has a Master’s in Science on Greenhouse Gas Accounting from Colorado State University, a B.A. in Social Development from the Pontific Catholic University of Ecuador, and a M.A. in Sustainable Development and Peace & Conflict Studies from the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica.