Senior Director, Working Lands
Areas of expertise: Land, Water & Wildlife Programs, endangered species, forest communities, Safe Harbor
Eric Holst is senior director of Environmental Defense Fund's working lands program. Holst is an expert in developing strategies for environmental management on working forests, farms and ranches.
Holst previously was executive director of the Resources Legacy Fund and Program Officer for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a BS from the University of California, Davis.
Eric holds a Masters degree in environmental management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a B.S. in botany from the University of California, Davis.
He previously served as executive director of the Resources Legacy Fund where he helped guide the overall operations of this innovative funding intermediary. Prior to that, he served as program officer for the environment at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation where he was responsible for managing a $15 million grant portfolio in the areas of forest conservation and conservation leadership. Holst has also held professional positions at the Rainforest Alliance and Ford Foundation.