Carlos V. Pineda '00 M.E.M./M.B.A. (2nd term ends 2019)
San Francisco, CA
Carlos is Senior Director, Conservation Areas Financing, for the World Wildlife Fund U.S. (WWF). Carlos will guide the global project finance for permanence initiative, Earth for Life, to build a common vision across WWF and formalize program requirements. With this vision in place, the Earth for Life team will raise substantial funding from a syndicate of donors to put a large portion of global biodiversity under permanent conservation in protected areas, parks, and reserves. Carlos has been charting paths to sustainability for over 25 years, first in education and conservation biology, then in clean energy project finance and development. Before joining WWF, he founded and served as CEO of Foresight Renewable Solutions – an independent originator, developer, and financier of wind, solar, and energy storage projects. He began his career in energy on the project finance team at the AES Corporation, a leading global independent power producer that in the 1990s participated in some of the first carbon offset projects and other environmental programs in the energy sector. He served as an associate in the Young Professionals Program at the World Bank, and later as an associate in BNP Paribas’ Project Finance Group. Carlos has also worked at Conservation International, studied as a conservation biologist with the Stanford Center for Conservation Biology, completed travel writing assignments across the Americas, developed micro-enterprises with remote tribes in Brazil, and found his first calling as a bilingual high school biology teacher with Teach for America, Inc. in Oakland, CA. Carlos earned a B.A. in human biology with honors in Latin American studies from Stanford University.