In February 2018, Dan Nees was named Senior Research Associate in a joint appointment with the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Center for Global Sustainability in the School of Public Policy. He had been Director of the EFC since October 2015, after previously holding this role from 2004-2007. In the time between his tenures as Director, he led environmental market and water quality programs at Forest Trends, a global NGO that seeks to develop market and economic solutions to global environmental problems, and at the World Resources Institute (WRI), an environmental think-tank. Since he began his work at the EFC in 1998 as a graduate intern, Dan has been dedicated to assisting communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Mid-Atlantic region in their efforts to implement and finance environmental and sustainable development initiatives. His work has focused on developing innovative market and performance-based financing systems to reduce the cost of environmental compliance at local, state, and regional levels. His current role provides leadership in developing strategies to promote economic, social and environmental resilience in communities worldwide. Dan earned a B.A. in Economics, a Master of Environmental Policy, and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Maryland, College Park.