Speakers for the 8th Annual WSSS Symposium

Keynote Presentation

Ellen Gilinsky, Former Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water at the United States EPA

Ellen Gilinsky, Ph.D. is President of Ellen Gilinsky, LLC., which she started in January 2017 to work with government, industry and the private sector on environmental solutions. As part of the Obama Administration from 2011 through 2016, she was the Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water at the Environmental Protection Agency. In this position, Dr. Gilinsky addressed policy and technical issues related to water programs at the federal, state and local levels, working closely with diverse stakeholders in the water quality, quantity, and agriculture sectors. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director of the Water Division at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, where she supervised a diverse array of waterquality and quantity programs, and before that as Manager of the Office of Wetlands and Water Protection, helping to craft Virginia’s non-tidal wetlands regulations and permitting program. In addition, she has twelve years of experience as an environmental consultant at several regional and national environmental engineering firms.
Dr. Gilinsky received her B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Zoology, with a concentration in Aquatic Ecology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a Past President of the Association of Clean Water Administrators, held a gubernatorial appointment to the State Advisory Board of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center and served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Departments of Biology and Environmental Studies.

Panel 1: Water Quantity Trading

Richael Young


Richael Young specializes in market design for the exchange of water rights. As an economist, engineer, and entrepreneur, she brings together complementary skillsets for water resources management and policy. She strives to create tailored and cost-effective solutions that achieve local economic and environmental goals.

In 2014, Richael cofounded Mammoth Trading, where she serves as president. In this capacity, Richael led the development and implementation of the first smart markets for surface water and groundwater in the world. Mammoth Trading’s smart markets help communities put limited water to its most productive uses, all while meeting regulatory obligations.

Richael holds a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering and an M.S. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Marshall Moutenot


Marshall Moutenot is a technologist and Tufts alumnus who has worked at numerous startups and companies in the Boston area since graduating. Most recently, he has cofounded Upstream Tech, a public benefit corporation using machine learning and remote sensing to conserve freshwater.

Bill Ginn


As Executive Vice President for the Global Conservation Initiatives Team, Bill Ginn is leading The Nature Conservancy’s work in impact investing, developing markets for natural capital and managing special conservation initiatives. NatureVest, the Conservancy’s impact investing division reports to him. Support for NatureVest is provided by inaugural and lead funder, the Robertson Foundation, founding sponsor JPMorgan Chase & Co and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.

During his 20-year tenure with the Conservancy, Ginn has held a number of leadership roles in both U.S. and global programs. The past five years he served as Chief Conservation Officer, in which he led the conservation arm of The Nature Conservancy, consisting of seven divisions spanning over 65 countries, and worked to advance the organization’s most significant projects and strategies. As Director of the Global Forest Partnership, he helped the Conservancy protect over three million acres of forest land through dozens of innovative deals. He also has served as Director of the Forest Conservation Strategies Program, Deputy Director of the Eastern U.S./Caribbean Region and Director of the Asia Pacific Region.
A thought-leader of the larger conservation community, Ginn is the author of Investing in Nature, a book about engaging the private sector in conservation.



Panel 2: Water Quality Trading

Chris Hartley


Christopher Hartley is the Deputy Director and Senior Environmental Markets Analyst with the USDA Office of Environmental Markets. He is responsible for the development of policy, tools, and metrics to support landowner participation in ecosystem services markets. He previously worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, DC and in California. He has more than 25 years of experience working in support of production agriculture and the promotion of clean air, clean water and a safe and abundant food supply.

He served with the U.S. Peace Corps as an agricultural extension agent in Senegal, West Africa. He is a Certified Crop Advisor, and a licensed Pest Control Advisor with active farming interests in California and Oregon. He is the President-elect of the National Capital Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and serves as the Executive Director of the Center for International Agricultural Development, a non-profit, public benefit corporation committed to the promotion of sustainable development, environmental stewardship, food security and human equality.

He holds a Doctorate in Agricultural Ecology and masters’ degrees in Agronomy and International Agricultural Development from the University of California – Davis.

Jimmy Daukas


Jimmy Daukas has been with American Farmland Trust since 1997, managing national policy campaigns as well as senior program, operations, communications, and development responsibilities. Daukas is now Senior Program Officer working in special projects including AFT national initiative to map the loss of America’s best farmland, combat climate change, and engage women non-operating landowners in conservation of their land. Daukas is also Vice President for Operations overseeing all non-program, non-fundraising functions including Finance, Communications, Human Resources, and Information Technology. He also continues to work on projects helping farmers and ranchers improve water quality and combat climate change while maintaining an economically viable agriculture sector. Previously, Daukas directed AFT’s programmatic efforts as Vice President for Programs and Managing Director for Agriculture & Environment. Through these efforts, American Farmland Trust engages agriculture in developing new policy solutions, creating ecosystem service markets, and conducting watershed demonstrations to maximize farmers’ and ranchers’ adoption of conservation practices.

Prior to this effort, Daukas oversaw American Farmland Trust’s campaign to transform U.S. agriculture policy in the 2008 Farm Bill to provide a better safety net, enhance conservation, improve rural development and expand access to healthy foods. He coordinated efforts throughout the organization including policy research and design, alliance building, legislative advocacy and communications.

Daukas previously served as the director of marketing and later acting vice president of marketing and communications for Earth Force, a children’s environmental action organization. In those roles, he had responsibility for strategic planning, direct response communications, database management, revenue-generating projects and budgeting.

Jimmy has a B.A. in economics from Middlebury College and holds M.B.A. and M.P.M. (Masters of Public Management) degrees from the University of Maryland.

Erin Perry


Erin Perry, Special Projects Manager at the Cape Cod Commission, coordinates water quality planning efforts at the program level and engages communities during the planning process to build consensus. Before joining the Commission in 2011 Erin was the Project Assistant for the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System.

Erin has a B.S. in marine science from Rutgers University and a M.A. in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island.