NC Program Director, Natural Capital Investment Fund
Director of Sustainable Ventures, The Conservation Fund
Rick joined The Conservation Fund in 2007 to assist with TCF's natural resource-based business lending programs. As ShadeFund Director, he heads up ShadeFund's lending activities nationwide, working with potential borrowers and preparing recommendations for the ShadeFund Loan Committee.
He is also NC Program Director for the Natural Capital Investment Fund (www.ncifund.org), The Conservation Fund's business lending arm that provides patient capital to triple-bottom-line natural resource-based businesses in six Southeastern states.
His prior experience includes: Managing Director of SJF Ventures, a $45 M mission-driven venture capital fund based in Durham, NC; National Director, REAL Enterprises, a nationwide entrepreneurship education program for rural youth and adults; and shop floor supervisor and financial controller for the Cummins Engine Co.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he teaches courses on Impact Investing and Financing Social Ventures. He serves on the Board of Fair Trade USA, which certifies Fair Trade products in the US.
Rick lives in Durham, NC with his wife Gair and is the proud father of two sons, Justin (a St. Olaf College sophomore) and David (a 7th grader). He earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in History and French from Amherst College.
Web Community Manager, ShadeFund
The Conservation Fund
Enrique is a native of Rockville, Maryland, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied journalism, public relations and political science. He began working with The Conservation Fund's Resourceful Communities Program (www.resourcefulcommunities.org) in 2010 as an intern, doing a range of activities, including marketing for rural partners; graphic and web design; and outreach. In 2011, Enrique signed on with ShadeFund and is now the program's web community manager.
In addition to his work with The Conservation Fund, Enrique has also been a writer for a number of publications, including Passport Magazine in New York City. He now lives in Raleigh, NC and enjoys spending time with his nephew Axel.
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