Tuesday, December 8, 2008 – Opening Plenary Session
Adam Davis is a Partner in Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP), a private equity fund manager that acquires and manages high priority conservation properties across the United States. EIP delivers competitive returns to its investors through the use of new, market-based mechanisms that reward landowners for the restoration and protection of their natural resources.
Adam also serves as President of Solano Partners, Inc., a consulting firm focused on environmental investment and conservation finance issues. Recent projects have addressed the use of conservation and restoration incentives on Trust Lands and in the Puget Sound Partnership, the use of advance mitigation in addressing renewable energy project siting, and comprehensive analysis of U.S. greenhouse gas offset initiatives.
He is a Co-Founder and previous Editor-in-Chief of the Ecosystem Marketplace, a global information service on market mechanisms and financial incentives for conservation. Previously, Adam served as Director of Consulting for the Environment Division of the Electric Power Research Institute, and also co-founded and served as Principal at Natural Strategies, Inc., a management consulting firm working with companies to integrate sustainability principles into business strategy. Adam is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program based at Stanford University, which provides training for environmental scientists in public speaking and communications.
Adam’s work was recently featured in The New Economy of Nature, by Daily and Ellison, and he received the 2002 Ecological Society of America corporate award for “his contribution to the understanding of connections between recycling, resource recovery and ecosystem health.”
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 – Morning Plenary Session
Lynn Scarlett was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior on November 2005, a post she took on after 4 years as the Department's Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. She served as Acting Secretary of the Department upon the resignation of former Secretary Gale Norton effective April 1, until the confirmation of Secretary Dirk Kempthorne on May 26, of 2006. She serves on the Executive Committee of the President's Management Council.
Ms. Scarlett coordinates Interior's environmental policy initiatives to implement the President's executive order on cooperative conservation, serving on the White House Cooperative Conservation Task Force. From June 2003-2004, she chaired the federal Wildland Fire Leadership Council, an interagency and intergovernmental forum for implementing the National Fire Plan and 10-Year Implementation Plan. She co-chairs the President and First Lady's Preserve America initiative on historic preservation and heritage tourism. She also co-chairs the Recreation Fee Leadership Council, a federal interagency group to coordinate recreation fee policy and practices on federal lands. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Udall Foundation as the Department of the Interior representative.
Prior to joining the Bush Administration in July 2001, she was President of the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation, a nonprofit current affairs research and communications organization.
Ms. Scarlett is author of numerous publications on incentive-based environmental policies. Ms. Scarlett received her B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.