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Toby Janson-Smith
Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance
Based in San Francisco, California

University of London: BS, Architecture
University of Michigan: MBA

Toby manages the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA—global alliance of corporations and non-profit groups promoting the development of forestry projects that simultaneously conserve biodiversity, foster sustainable livelihoods and mitigate climate change. In 2005, the CCBA developed and published the first set of international standards for designing and evaluating such projects.

Before joining the CCBA, Toby managed the carbon program for the Ecosystem Marketplace, the leading information resource on ecosystem markets. For the past eight years, he has consulted to a number of organizations on carbon forestry issues, including: The Nature Conservancy, Pacific Forest Trust, Union of Concerned Scientists and the California Climate Action Registry. Toby also co-founded and managed the World Resources Institute’s venture based on the Business Plan he wrote.

Prior to finding his passion for bringing together biodiversity conservation and climate protection, Toby had a successful career in the private sector, in sales, marketing and business development, most recently as marketing manager for Silicon Graphics.

Toby is an avid traveler, and spent a total of three years backpacking around 50 countries on a shoestring, including a large number of the biodiversity hotspot and wilderness areas. He lives in San Francisco, with his wife, Kim, and three year old son, Darwin.


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