As executive vice president and general counsel, Rich Erdmann oversees The Conservation Fund’s real estate and legal functions. Rich helped found the 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. Prior to joining the Fund, he worked at The Nature Conservancy and in venture capital. He holds a B.A. and 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.