Director of the Fund’s Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and a Vice President, Joe Hankins brings a biologist’s eye and an entrepreneur’s passion to key conservation issues of food security and water availability. Joe joined the Fund in 1992 to develop aquaculture, sustainable rural economic development and technology outreach. Today, in addition to his work at the Freshwater Institute, he serves on the board of the Natural Capital Investment Fund. He is active in local and regional work-groups focused on the strategic importance of water, community water infrastructure planning, and life cycle assessment. He holds a B.S. in General Science from Purdue University and a Masters in Environmental Biology from Hood College.