PARTNER PROFILES

PRINCIPALS

Clifford C. David Jr.

PRESIDENT + CEO

Clifford David has built his career as an innovator, combining non-profit mission with for-profit financial incentives to transform land management through conservation. His distinguished and groundbreaking work as a senior leader of a regional land trust and other nonprofit and for-profit organizations has advanced the cause of natural resource conservation and historic building preservation.

Mr. David is recognized as an energetic and savvy senior leader with a successful 20+ year track record. He has developed breakthrough revenue generating concepts while utilizing collaboration with best-in-class partners to take each project to a positive revenue execution.

Mr. David’s repeated successes in adaptive reuse of underperforming real estate assets combined with his experience turning around struggling organizations create a unique set of skills to lead Conservation Economics. By connecting and collaborating with external partners, Mr. David has demonstrated the ability to further organizational objectives and generate enthusiasm for a common, achievable mission.

As an entrepreneurial strategist, Mr. David is gifted at identifying emerging opportunities not seen by others and systematically converting them into successful organizational initiatives and projects. Mr. David serves on the Board of Directors in leadership roles for several for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Mr. David holds a BA in Psychology, BS in Botany, and an MS in Organization and Management.

Affiliations

  • Lacawac Sanctuary Board of Directors
  • The Sustainable Business Network Board of Directors
  • Member of: Coral Bay Community Council, Lake George Land Conservancy, Philadelphia Society for Promotion of Agriculture, Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia , Roaring Creek Valley Conservation Association, Saint John Land Conservancy

Christopher Bentley

FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT

Christopher Bentley is an operational and financial management professional with 18 years of experience. Mr. Bentley’s expertise includes financial analysis, due diligence, business plan development, and strategic management consulting services. He has focused experience working in the green-technology, social finance, and job development sectors with experience advising both for-profit and non-profit entities.

Mr. Bentley is also Co-Founder & Director of Finance of GoodCompany Ventures, a business incubator targeting entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to unmet social needs. GoodCompany offers entrepreneurs a place to work in a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and access to a network of capital sources and expert advisors. GoodCompany Ventures champions models that offer investors financial return and social impact.

Mr. Bentley is a part-time adjunct instructor for Temple University’s Fox School of Business, where he serves as a project manager for the MBA capstone course, Enterprise Management Consulting Practice (EMC). He has an MBA from Temple University, Fox School of Business and a BS in Engineering from Northeastern University.

Affiliations

Co-Founder, GoodCompany Group – Social Impact Business Incubator
Clinical Faculty, Temple University Fox School of Business
Program Manager, Investors’ Circle Philadelphia

Louise Meschter Tritton

NATURAL RESOURCE ANALYSIS AND SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIES

Louise Meschter Tritton is an ecologist and facilitator with broad interests in the human and ecological dimensions of sustainable communities and stewardship of natural resources. Earning a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Yale University in 1980, Dr. Tritton spent the early part of her career as Research Forester and Project Leader with the USDA Forest Service working on issues related to the sustainability of forest ecosystems. She served as adjunct faculty at Connecticut College, the University of New Haven and the University of Vermont, School of Natural Resources.

In the late nineties, Dr. Tritton was appointed Scientific Advisor to the Community Resources Monitoring and Evaluation Team for the Fairmount Park Commission’s Natural Lands Restoration and Environmental Education Project. More recently she has worked as Senior Associate for The Heron Group, LLC facilitating the Hopewell Big Woods Partnership for landscape conservation in cooperation with The Natural Lands Trust.  A member of the Faculty of the Fox Management Consultancy at Temple University since 2009, she serves as a Project Executive and Advisor for both nonprofit and commercial businesses interested in sustainability.