Welcoming Fourteen New Members to the NCX team!
Max Nova
Max Nova
8 April, 2022 min read

NCX is growing and our team has just expanded with fourteen additional members – Emma Beecher, Emily Tiemeyer, Mikey Tabak, Todd Wolfson, Skye Fenton, Luciana Aquino-Hagedorn, Jacob Socolar, Alison Kertzman, Aidan Olson, Branson Fox, Elyse DiCesare, Lora Paredes, Morrison Mast, and Spencer Meyer.

Emma Beecher is thrilled to join the NCX team as a Senior Marketing Specialist. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in history and psychology. She has spent her career seeking new challenges and pursuing different passions, from a stint on Wall Street to time in the outdoor industry. Based in Jackson, Wyoming, you can find Emma exploring the mountains by foot, bike, or skis with her dog Maisie.

Emily Tiemeyer joins NCX as a Designer. Before shifting her career to focus on environmental conservation efforts, she was Senior Designer at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonprofit focused on national security and foreign policy in Washington, D.C. Emily is from Virginia and graduated from James Madison University with a BFA in Graphic Design and a Minor in Art History. When she’s not in front of a screen, she’s outside running, biking, or gardening.

Mikey Tabak joins NCX as a Data Scientist. He brings three years of experience as a statistical and data science consultant. Before that he worked for three years at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health as a quantitative ecologist and postdoctoral scientist. Mikey holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Wyoming and a BS from Vanderbilt University in biology and philosophy. Mikey uses deep learning and Bayesian statistics to study and describe environmental processes and mitigate the effects of global change. Outside of work, he enjoys playing outside (running, hiking, camping, XC skiing, gardening), playing with his young children, and serving as a volunteer firefighter. Mikey’s favorite animal is the Rockhopper Penguin. 

Todd Wolfson joins NCX as a full-time software engineer, transitioning from a contractor role with us. You may already be familiar with his redesign work on the landowner platform as well as plenty of features since then. Todd is a self-described startup engineer, with experience as an early Uber engineer, 3x first engineer, and having worked at many other startups. Outside of work, Todd enjoys Blues dancing, night hiking, and is pursuing a graphic design certificate at RISD.

Skye Fenton joins NCX as a New Markets Analyst, supporting research and modeling activities that enable NCX to expand its programs outside the U.S. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in integrative biology and continued her animal movement and spatial ecology research in her lab post-graduation. After serving an AmeriCorps term with a New Hampshire land trust and a period of contracting with NCX, Skye is excited to join NCX full time to continue her career in conservation. Whenever she gets the chance, Skye is running down by the Charles in Boston or venturing north into the White Mountains.

Luciana Aquino-Hagedorn joins NCX as General Counsel. She has over 20 years of experience counseling private investors, investment funds, entrepreneurs, and public companies on a variety of matters including formation, governance, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. Previously, as a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, she developed a new practice area for the firm focused on impact and responsible investing. Before rejoining Goodwin in 2015, Luciana was Senior Vice President of Natural Resources at Harvard Management Company (HMC) where she was involved in all legal aspects of HMC’s global forestry and agriculture portfolio. She began her legal career at Le Pera & Lessa in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Luciana is a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (Columbia University) and teaches a course on Sustainable Finance at Boston University School of Law. Luciana holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, and a law degree (Abogada) from the Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Jacob Socolar joins the team as a data scientist. He earned his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University and spent the subsequent five years as an academic. His research interests revolve around understanding how patterns of biodiversity are changing across large spatial scales, work that combines the development of statistical approaches, leveraging “big data” for biodiversity science, and extensive field expeditions in the Amazon and Andes. When not tinkering with computer code, he’s spending time with his family or exploring outdoors for birds and other critters.

Alison Kertzman joins NCX as an Accounting Manager on the Finance team. Before joining NCX, she spent 9 years in accounting at Weyerhaeuser Company, supporting most business segments over her tenure plus several mergers and divestitures. She has degrees from Central Washington University in psychology and accounting and is a licensed CPA. When she takes off her accounting hat, you’ll find Alison somewhere on or near a golf course. Chasing year-round golf and outdoor fun brought her, her husband, and two fluffy little dogs from their native Seattle to Tucson for the winter, and possibly longer as they’ve adjusted to the constant sun.

Aidan Olson joins the NCX team as Landowner Customer Success Manager. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS in forest sciences. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast who used his passion and knowledge of the outdoors to help others succeed in their own outdoor activities through a career in customer service. Most of his customer service experience has been in the cycling industry and at REI as a sales specialist in the action sports department. He is currently located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he learned to appreciate all the forest has to offer through mountain biking, skiing, cross country skiing, canoeing, and more. 

Branson Fox joins the Data Engineering team at NCX. He spent the last four years pushing the envelope in public health data and research. From global health crisis to global climate crisis, he repurposes an academic skillset that produced novel, scalable, and rapidly disseminated infectious disease research. When Branson isn’t peddling data, he enjoys cycling around St. Louis’s many famous parks.

Elyse DiCesare joins NCX as the HR Coordinator. A D.C native, she graduated from George Mason University with a BS in linguistics and started her career managing a local chain of organic grocery stores. After changing careers and shifting to the agency world, Elyse is excited to make a positive impact on both the team and the planet at NCX. You can find Elyse at home gardening, beekeeping, or coaxing cats out of trees.

Lora Paredes heads the People Operations team and is responsible for our end-to-end people function. She leads strategy and execution of talent attraction, retention, engagement, culture, employee productivity, and growth. She has over a decade of experience in the impact investing space working in venture capital, non-profit, and private equity in Silicon Valley, across the United States, and in emerging markets. Lora has led in the areas of talent acquisition, performance management, recognition, career development, organizational development, total rewards, and strategic leadership development. Before joining NCX, Lora was the VP of People at a SaaS drone technology company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

Morrison Mast joins NCX as a Manager on the New Markets Team. He brings a decade of international experience in community-based conservation and a career that spans field research, sustainable development, environmental entrepreneurship, and developing market-based mechanisms for preserving and restoring natural capital. He recently graduated from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business with a joint MBA/MS in environment and resources with a focus on land use and agriculture. He currently lives with his wife Amanda in Redwood City, California, where they regularly enjoy backpacking, diving, mountain biking, and making music.

Dr. Spencer Meyer joins NCX as the Director of Science Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement. Spencer is an innovator and leader with 20 years of experience working collaboratively with NGOs, government, private sector, and academic partners to solve natural resource challenges. He is a frequent speaker and an expert in forest management, watershed protection, natural climate solutions, conservation finance, and partnership development. Spencer previously worked at the Highstead Foundation, Harvard Forest, Yale School of the Environment, University of Maine, and The Nature Conservancy. He earned his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maine. Spencer can frequently be found either looking closely at trees or flying by them on a bike. He lives with his family in the woods by the sea in Guilford, CT. 

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Max Nova

Max Nova

Co-Founder and COO
Max Nova co-founded NCX over a decade ago. He built many of the Natural Capital Exchange's core technical systems that power the largest forest carbon projects in the US. Now Max serves as the COO of NCX and helps connect American forest owners with net-zero pioneers like Microsoft. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Max earned a degree in computer science from Yale.