December 1, 2021

Jacqueline Westley Named Director Of Climate Finance For The Conservation Fund

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Conservation Fund is pleased to announce the hiring of Jacqueline Westley as Director of Climate Finance. In this capacity, Jacqueline will play a leading role in the solicitation and execution of strategic partnerships with family offices, corporations, and institutional investors to accelerate The Conservation Fund’s long-term protection of U.S. forests. Previously, Jacqueline developed and launched carbon and forestry projects at NatureVest, the impact investing business unit of The Nature Conservancy.

Lawrence Selzer, President and CEO of the Fund said: “The Conservation Fund has proven a unique ability to identify, acquire, manage and conserve critical working forests in the U.S., and we are excited to bring Jacqueline on board to help us further scale these incredible projects and realize our vision. As climate change concerns grow, the opportunity for us and new partners to protect more and bigger landscapes is really exciting.”

Forestry experts anticipate losing as many as 37 million acres in the coming decades to fragmentation and commercial development, eroding America’s strongest defense against climate change as well as natural habitat and local jobs that depend on sustainable forestry and the outdoor recreation economy. The Conservation Fund has pioneered a regenerative model of conserving these landscapes for all their values to our society over the last decade through its Working Forest Fund®, and the nonprofit looks to expand its mission and impact by teaming up with new partners that share its vision.

To date, The Conservation Fund has deployed $687 million in capital to acquire 880,000 acres in 19 states for conservation. These lands store an estimate 221 million tons of CO2e, sustain 6,500 jobs, and provide $763 million in economic impact.

Most recently, The Conservation Fund announced the acquisition of 70,000 acres in Wisconsin, comprising the largest remaining unprotected block of forestland in the state, and the successful consortium acquisition of the SDS Lumber Company and SDS Co, LLC. in Washington and Oregon to ensure sustainable forestry management and jobs, and the future protection of the important natural, climate and community values.

On her new position, Westley noted: “I am thrilled to join The Conservation Fund and inspired by the organization’s passionate team and track record of conserving America’s forests for people and nature. I look forward to forging partnerships that will address some of our most pressing global issues, including combatting climate change, protecting biodiversity, and strengthening rural economies.”

Westley holds a Master of Business Administration from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business.  

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect more than 8.5 million acres of land. 

Contact
Ann Simonelli | The Conservation Fund | 703-908-5809 | asimonelli@conservationfund.org