We are led by a team of seasoned executives dedicated to restoring the Earth’s forest and wetland ecosystems while delivering outstanding environmental, social, and financial returns.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Her broad experience working with senior-level executives in major international corporations makes her particularly suited to developing and leading the cross-sector partnerships that are at the heart of the REF strategy and business model. PJ has also been responsible for major fundraising campaigns for organizations such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Houston Symphony, raising more than $50 million. She co-founded Heart to Hand Toronto, a grassroots community organization that provides food to more than 200 disadvantaged families each year in the Toronto, Ontario region of Canada by connecting them directly and personally with volunteer and supporting families in the community. This initiative is still going strong after 20 years.
MARVIN G. MARSHALL
Co-Founder and CEO
During his real estate career he raised funds for and successfully executed more than $1 billion in land development projects. Previously he served as President and CEO of Cullen Center, Inc. in Houston, Texas, and as a senior executive at Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation, a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards. He has been chair of the board of Ainsworth Corporation, Remington Capital Investments, International Comfort Products Corporation, and Thompson Pipe & Steel Company. Prior to co-founding Restore the Earth Foundation, he launched Ecosystems Partners, LLC, an environmental conservation firm sourcing the best resources, contractors and practices for restoration projects.
Chief Strategy Officer
Director of Sustainable Programs
Prior to joining Restore the Earth, Taylor was with The Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she applied her expertise in integrated water resource management to develop and promote community-based approaches to protecting and restoring the Gulf coast from storm risk and land loss and enhancing community resilience to such risks. Previously, she served as Director of Operations at the Latin American and Caribbean Council On Renewable Energy and as Program Director with American Council On Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. Taylor earned a Master of Science degree in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) from McGill University.
She loves working to connect Restore the Earth’s donors and partners to the mission, and give them the opportunity to be a part of this significant work in restoring our ecosystems. With a background in environmental fundraising and operational management for the arts and education, Jessica has built her career around causes she is passionate about. Prior to joining Restore the Earth, she served as Associate Director of Development with the Sonoran Institute, an organization that works across communities in the North American West to conserve and restore natural and cultural assets and to promote better management of growth and change. Jessica holds a degree from the University of California, Davis.
DAVID PILGER, CAIA
Director of Impact Investing
Prior to Restore the Earth’s Impact Fund, he spent the previous 20 years working in corporate finance and advisory at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. David is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and continues to focus on ESG alternative investment opportunities that prioritize both social and financial returns. David holds a degree in Finance from the University of Virginia.
President, EcoMetrics LLC
Mr. Piñero is also President of The Piñero Group LLC, providing consulting services to clients in areas of sustainability such as best practices, strategy, metrics, reporting, awareness building, collaborative efforts, and policy. The group also provides insight on policy and business strategic planning in sustainability, natural resources, energy, and environment. Prior to starting The Pinero Group, he was Senior Vice President for Sustainability for Veolia North America (VNA), and liaison to Veolia’s worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs departments. In his role at Veolia, Mr. Pinero oversaw all efforts related to sustainability, in regard to outreach, client issues, and internal practices, including the water, energy, and waste business lines. VNA provides leading edge water, energy and environmental service and technology activities, and has approximately 10,000 employees and generates approximately $2 billion in annual revenue.
Mr. Pinero is also Head of Standards and Assurance for the Alliance for Water Stewardship, an international organization that developed and oversees the AWS Water Stewardship Standard. He divides his time also to serve as Director of Water Programs, for the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Over his 36-year career, Mr. Piñero has worked in the private and public sectors as a consultant to many clients on sustainability, environment, and energy. He has also served in the public sector at both the Federal and state levels addressing sustainability issues. During his service as the White House Federal Environmental Executive, he focused on developing and implementing sustainability policy and practices within the US Federal government. Mr. Piñero served in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as both the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Sustainability as well as holding the office of Pennsylvania State Energy Director.
Mr. Piñero has been an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University and the University of Arizona, and is currently a Visiting Scholar with George Washington University’s Environment and Energy Management Institute. He has Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from the State University of New York and Masters of Science degree in Geology from Texas A&M University.