David Ganz has over 28 years of experience in natural resource management including several years working in Asia on large-scale natural resource management and biomass energy projects. David is the current Executive Director of the only international not-for-profit organization that specializes in capacity development for community forestry and devolved forest management. For more than three decades, RECOFTC has empowered local people to find solutions for threatened forest landscapes and vulnerable communities.
Before joining RECOFTC, David served as the Chief of Party on SERVIR-Mekong, a joint initiative between USAID and NASA aimed at developing
geospatial data to respond to the environmental and disaster needs of the
region. Prior to SERVIR-Mekong, David was Chief of Party on USAIDâ€™s Lowering Emissions in Asiaâ€™s Forests (USAID LEAF) programme. From 1999 to 2002, David worked as an Assistant Project Officer at RECOFTC headquarters. He is a graduate of two distinguished community forestry institutions, University of California at Berkeley and Yale University, which promote multi-disciplinary decision-making through strong communication and team work skills. He has successfully taken these skills into project management of international organizations including TNC, FAO, IUCN and WWF in China and Southeast Asia.