M.S., Virginia Tech, Forest Biology, 2003
B.S., Virginia Tech, Forest Resource Management, 2001
Marcus is Lecturer of Sustainable Finance in the Outdoor Industry MBA Program at Western Colorado University and Vice President at the National Forest Foundation. With 20 years of experience working with government agencies, the private sector, and non-profit organizations on natural resource and environmental issues, Marcus’s lectures are grounded in the use of financial mechanisms to address real-world environmental needs.
As Vice President, Field Programs at the National Forest Foundation, Marcus oversees the organization’s on-the-ground projects and its development of new field-based programs designed to fund and implement improvements across the 193-million-acre National Forest System. Prior to joining NFF, Marcus managed Arizona forest programs for the Grand Canyon Trust, where he worked on efforts to restore 2.4 million acres of northern Arizona’s National Forests and helped develop various financial mechanisms to support forest restoration activities. Marcus also spent 3 years practicing environmental law in Washington, DC, where he primarily focused on climate change-related issues and the use of financial incentives for developing renewable energy, carbon offset, and energy efficiency projects. Before attending law school, Marcus was a research scientist at Purdue University, where he studied natural forest regeneration, forest plantation establishment and the effects of forest management on carbon sequestration.
Marcus and his family reside in Colorado’s Arkansas River Valley. He spends all his free time hiking, biking, skiing and fishing on the area’s public lands, and serves as Board Treasurer for the local land trust – Central Colorado Conservancy.
How did you discover Western?
Living in nearby Salida and through my work with the National Forest Foundation, I’ve had the opportunity to meet, work with and hire a number of talented, well-rounded Western students and alumni. When presented with the opportunity to join the educational community at Western, I jumped at it!
What most excites you about your field?
The increasing use of market-based approaches and business-driven decisions to expand funding for large-scale stewardship projects that protect and improve our public lands and natural resources.