Who : Our People : Board of Directors

Leslie Durschinger

Director

Leveraging 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Ms. Durschinger founded Terra Global Capital in 2006 to promote results-based approaches to sustainable agriculture and forestry management. She is recognized as a pioneer and innovator in aligning development values with financially viable approaches to sustainable landscape management. Terra is now the leader in emerging market climate-smart agriculture, reduced deforestation programming, greenhouse gas quantification, and business model development, providing technical expertise to governments, NGOs, and private companies in a collaborative and participatory manner. Under Ms. Durschinger’s leadership, Terra has structured risk mitigation instruments, trust funds, and private equity funds to drive investment capital to sustainable agricultural and forestry management. Prior to Terra, Ms. Durschinger held senior management positions in the areas of derivatives trading, investment management, algorithmic trading, risk management, and securities lending. She serves as Board Chair of the International Emission Trading Associations REDD+ Working Group and is a member of the Verra Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program Advisory Group, REDD+ Social & Environmental Standards Committee, VCS Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ Expert Working Group, and Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse (C-AGG) Advisory Committee. Ms. Durschinger and her family make small production olive oil on their farm in Mendocino County. Among her previous employers are JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Barclays Global Investors, and Charles Schwab.