Siobhan provides economic and financial analysis for The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter as a member of the Conservation Investments Department. Her work focuses on the development of market-based approaches that can amplify positive ecological impact, and draw new sources of capital to conservation. She has over ten years of experience in impact investing, conservation finance, and environmental policy.
Prior to joining the Conservancy, she worked at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board developing industry standards for disclosure of sustainability issues in U.S. capital markets, and as a Regional Social Impact Fellow for RSF Social Finance, a nonprofit financial services organization investing in ecological stewardship. Siobhan has a BSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering and an M.B.A. from Cornell University, and an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh.
What Siobhan is working on now:
I am currently working on a NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant: Leveraging Water Markets to Secure Water for Nature and Agriculture. This project will test on-the-ground implementation of tools that leverage water markets and data analytics to incentivize sustainable management of surface and groundwater in California, rebalancing water use and securing water for nature.
In 2014, California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) which regulates groundwater at scale for the first time, requiring the state’s largest source of stored water to be managed for long-term resilience. SGMA delegates the responsibility of achieving sustainable groundwater management by 2040 to…
The Conservancy has a vested interest in preserving farms in Ventura County because they buffer important river and wetland habitat from nearby urban lands. In western Ventura County, over 70% of groundwater use is agricultural. Due to requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), this use will…
California’s water supply is becoming increasingly unreliable. During dry times, consumptive use often outstrips supplies. As a result, people and nature suffer. This imbalance of supply and demand will likely grow worse if future demand for agricultural and urban water increases alongside a warming climate.…