Stacy Swann is CEO and founding partner of Climate Finance Advisors, a benefit LLC based in Washington, D.C. She has more than 25 years of experience in project finance, investment, climate change and sustainability. Her key experience includes transaction structuring, blended finance, impact investment and fund management, as well as advising on financial policy and regulations that underpin and accelerate net-zero, climate-resilient investment. As CEO and founder of Climate Finance Advisors, she led the firm through its early establishment, achieving more than 100% average annual growth since its founding in 2015, and in 2022 she shepherded the firm through a successful acquisition. During her career, Swann has held senior and executive positions with the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, the International Finance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Enron Corporation and other organizations. More recently, she has worked with impact investors, financial institutions, corporations and policymakers on issues at the nexus of climate change and investment. In addition to leading Climate Finance Advisors, Swann serves on several boards, including the Montgomery County Green Bank, where she is a board director and chair of its Investment Committee. She is also a board member of the Global Water Partnership, a global action network of more than 3,000 partner bodies in 179 countries focused on building sustainable water systems. Swann sits on EXIM Bank’s Climate Council, an advisory committee to its board, and was its chair from 2021-2022; she also participates in several angel investor groups supporting, coaching and investing in climate-related startup businesses.
Joyjit Deb Roy
Joyjit Deb Roy is Winrock’s Acting President and Chief Executive Officer. He served previously as Winrock’s chief global programs and development officer, responsible for oversight of a broad portfolio of programs including the Agriculture, Resilience & Water, Human Rights, Education & Empowerment, Clean Energy & Environment, U.S. Programs and other groups. Deb Roy also has worked closely for more than eight years with Winrock’s vice president of global programs, supervising other units including AGILE ─ Winrock’s monitoring, evaluation, research and learning team ─ and the New Business group, to ensure that the organization’s mission, goals and programmatic priorities are maintained and achieved. Before joining Winrock, he was a managing director at ACDI/VOCA, where he supported global projects focused on agribusiness, enterprise development, climate change, food security and other initiatives. He has implemented projects for government clients including USAID, USDA, and USDOL; for multilateral development banks including the World Bank; and foundations and private sector partners. A native of India, he has worked in more than 38 countries across Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. He earned a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, with a specialization in international economics and public finance, and completed a master’s in history from Delhi University in India.
John Nees, Founding Partner of the Getty Land Company, has a broad background encompassing finance, agriculture, infrastructure and energy. He has conducted business throughout the world, including Russia, Venezuela, India and Indonesia, where he managed complex energy projects, as well as eastern and southern Africa where Nees participated in one of the premier eco-tourism companies. Nees has been actively engaged in agriculture since 1995 as a co-founder of the Plump Jack Winery in the Napa Valley. He organized an investment fund to acquire and develop vineyard properties, where he has introduced best farming and viticulture practices. Nees is currently developing Kukio Golf & Beach Club, a residential resort community located on the Big Island of Hawaii and manages a privately held energy company with operations in the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent and Appalachian regions. Nees earned his Bachelor of Science in geological engineering from Purdue University, his Master of Business Administration from Emory University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is an active member of the California Bar and serves on the advisory board of As You Sow, an environmental advocacy organization.
Winrock Board Member Michaela Edwards is a partner at Capricorn Investment Group, one of the largest mission-aligned investment firms in the world. Capricorn is part of the Jeff Skoll Group, which manages the investment portfolio of Jeff Skoll, the Skoll Foundation, and other institutional clients. Prior to joining Capricorn in 2019, Michaela spent nine years as a senior portfolio manager with Norges Bank Investment Management, the sovereign wealth fund of Norway, where she managed a multi-billion-dollar portfolio. She has over a decade of experience investing for impact, including incubating the Norges Bank environmental strategy. Before joining Norges, Michaela worked as a research analyst for Russell Investments in London and New York. She started her career on the trading desk of DNB in Oslo. Michaela is a member of the board of directors of both Lafayette Square and Osmosis Investment Management, and sits on the advisory board of Ecofin Investments. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder, and a graduate of Oslo University College and the Cass Business School in London. Michaela has roots in the Cape Verde Islands, and grew up in Norway. She has lived in England and Nigeria, and now resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.
William Bumpers, Winrock Board Member, practiced as an environmental lawyer in the Washington, D.C., for 34 years, retiring recently from Baker Botts LLP, where he headed the firm’s global Climate Change Practice. Mr. Bumpers has been involved with climate change issues for over thirty years and has been a frequent speaker regarding national and international climate policy. He was part of the team that undertook the feasibility study for the Prototype Carbon Fund established by The World Bank Group. He advised multiple companies regarding emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol and related national action plans. He has been involved in GHG-related projects and transactions under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Malaysia, China, Liberia, Brazil and Equatorial Guinea. Mr. Bumpers has helped multiple companies in developing responsible climate and energy policies, including the development and use of GHG offsets through forestry practices, renewable energy projects and destruction of CFCs. He represented companies involved in the capture and storage of GHG emissions, helped structure some of the first contracts regarding use of anthropogenic CO2 for oil production. Mr. Bumpers currently serves as a Board member of the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions (ART) and is a Board member of Neighborhood Sun, a Maryland community solar company.