Jane Rice

Conservation Finance Manager


Jane designs, implements and evaluates innovative market-based approaches for natural resource management. Jane’s experience in environmental markets spans habitat exchanges, species and wetland banking, carbon offsets, water quality trading and payment for ecosystem service programs. Jane has worked with a variety of clients across public, private and non-profit sectors. Jane earned her master’s degree in environmental economics and policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

As a member of WRA’s conservation finance department, Jane strives to advance conservation investment opportunities that generate measurable environmental outcomes and competitive financial returns. Jane helps landowners unlock the natural resource value of their properties through environmental markets. Specifically, Jane conducts feasibility analyses for species conservation, wetland mitigation, and forest carbon banks and advises clients through conservation investment decision-making.


Kieser, M., Rice, J., Sokulsky, J. (2015) “Chapter 10: California, Advances in Water Quality Trading as a Flexible Compliance Tool.” Water Environment Federation.

Rice, J. (2012) “Integrated Water Resource Management in North Carolina.” Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University.

Rice, J., Baker, R. (2012) “Stakeholder Perceptions of Mexico’s Payment for Environmental Services Program: A Comparative Study of Socioeconomic and Environmental Impacts in Oaxaca and Yucatan.” Nicholas School of the Environment Master’s Projects, Duke University.


Environmental Markets Assessment

Previous Experience:

Central Valley Habitat Exchange

Nevada Conservation Credit System

Sustainability Indicators Framework for the Tahoe Basin

USAID Measuring Impact 


Master of Environmental Management, Economics and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Certificate of International Development Policy, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University

Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Policy, The University of Michigan


Habitat Conservation Planning, UC Davis Extension Course, September 2014