Rick Larson

Senior Vice President
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Natural Capital Investment Fund


Rick LarsonRick is Senior Vice President & Director of Strategic Initiatives for Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF), TCF’s green business lending arm. Rick has worked with NCIF since 2007, when he opened the NC operations of NCIF.

Rick manages NCIF’s strategic initiatives and impact measurement efforts, assists NCIF’s President with fundraising and outreach, and originates loans in the Southeast.  He has led investments in enterprises in the following sectors:  agriculture and local foods; logging; recycling; limited resource farmers; and eco-tourism.

Rick has over 25 years of experience in community development and business finance, focused on supporting rural entrepreneurs, green businesses, and social ventures.  He has worked with a mission-driven venture capital fund; run a nationwide entrepreneurship education program for rural youth and adults; and worked in manufacturing.  He earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Amherst College.

He teaches Impact Investing and social venture finance at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School, and he is a 2014 – 2016 William C. Friday Fellow. 

Contact:  Email:  rlarson@conservationfund.org   Phone: 919-951-0113   Office: Natural Capital Investment Fund (NC)

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