City University of New York

Jan 2018 – Present New York
Teaching Master’s courses in environmental and natural resource economics.

Director of Business Development

The Earth Partners LP

Jan 2010 – Jan 2016 New York
Co-founded investment company focused on finding solutions for marginal and degraded rural lands that simultaneously increase agricultural productivity, rebuild soils, enhance water resources, and support ecosystem services. The company manages a portfolio of businesses and land assets that were both developed in-house and acquired from third parties.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jan 2009 – Jan 2010 Seattle
Structured a program intended to lower the retail price of a key agricultural input commodity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program involved making strategic interventions across the supply chain, creating a financing consortium that pooled risk and targeted debt/equity investments, and coordinating major suppliers, importers, distributors and buyers.

Business Analyst

McKinsey & Company

Jul 2007 – Jun 2009 Washington DC

Board Member

Drylands Natural Resources Centre

Jan 2006 – Present Makueni, Kenya
Farmer cooperative with tree nursery, demonstration farm, wood products facility, and education center. Led by Nicholas Syano, a Kenyan expert on dryland ecosystems, the nursery cultivates 20+ indigenous tree species that resist drought, enhance soil and crop yields, improve biodiversity and provide valuable by-products. Drylands has distributed and sold over 1,000,000 trees to thousands of customers. It has partnered closely with over 800 farming households (5,000 people reached) to support sustainable farming and agro-forestry best practices that boost agricultural yields, support the local economy, and restore degraded lands of dryland regions.


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  • Charles Taylor
    School of International & Public Affairs
    Columbia University
    420 West 118 Street, New York, NY 10027