Dan Nees was named Director of the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) in October 2015, after previously holding this role from 2004-2007. He began his work at the EFC in 1998 as a graduate intern and passionately expanded the breadth of his role and his expertise. Since then, 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. Dan’s work currently focuses on developing innovative market and performance-based financing systems to reduce the cost of environmental compliance at local, state, and regional levels. 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. At the University of Maryland, College Park, Dan earned a B.A. in Economics, a Master of Environmental Policy, and a Master of Business Administration.