Richard L. Erdmann

Executive Vice President


Rich ErdmannRich oversees The Conservation Fund’s real estate functions. Rich helped found The Conservation Fund in 1985 and has played a direct role in many of the organization’s major projects. Prioritizing effective, efficient conservation, he provides senior oversight on real estate negotiation, transaction structure and financing. In this capacity he has forwarded The Conservation Fund’s involvement in the area of Mitigation banking both as an owner, operator and equity investor. 

Over the past 30 years Rich has worked with a number of Fortune 100 companies in realizing conservation outcomes related to their nonstrategic real estate holdings. Prior to joining The Conservation Fund, he worked at The Nature Conservancy in urban economic development and in venture capital. 

Rich holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science from Gettysburg College and the University of Rhode Island, respectively, and a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law- Pennsylvania State University. Rich is a member of the Virginia and Pennsylvania Bars.  

Rich was awarded the American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Stewardship for 2014.

Contact: rerdmann@conservationfund.org   Phone: 703-908-5820   Office: National Headquarters (VA)