Dan Kaiser

Director, Conservation Strategies


Areas of expertise:
Environmental markets, agriculture sustainability, water quality, non-point source pollution

Dan Kaiser is working to develop a Central Valley Habitat Exchange to engage farmers and ranchers in preserving and restoring habitat essential to threatened and endangered species. By utilizing consistent metrics that measure habitat quality and performance assurance mechanisms, the Central Valley Habitat Exchange will optimize the environmental return on investment for conservation and mitigation projects on working lands in California’s Central Valley.

Currently, Dan’s work is focused on implementing several pilot projects to demonstrate how the Exchange will function. He is also engaging stakeholders to communicate how farmers, government agencies, wildlife advocates, and the public can all benefit from the Exchange.


Dan has spent his career working on issues related to sustainability and agriculture. He spent four years at the Environmental Protection Agency working on nutrient issues related to the Mississippi River and the Chesapeake Bay, as well as supply chain sustainability programs for the agribusiness sector. At Water Stewardship Inc., Dan worked directly with farmers to develop continuous improvement plans related to nutrient management with a goal of meeting the pollution targets to restore the Chesapeake Bay. He has experience working with water quality trading markets in Maryland and spent a year farming and studying organic agriculture in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.


  • Masters in Environmental Management, Nicholas School for the Environment, Duke University, 2003
  • Certificate of Organic Agriculture, Taruna College, New Zealand, 2012