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Lauren Ferstandig

Managing Director, NatureVest


Managing Director, NatureVest

Lauren Ferstandig Lauren Ferstandig © Paul Ruffolo

Areas of Expertise

Capital markets, private equity, transaction structuring, nature-based solutions

Executive Contact

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Lauren Ferstandig is the Managing Director of NatureVest at The Nature Conservancy.
Lauren provides strategic leadership, overseeing the Impact Investing Team and post-close Impact Management Team as well as the Sustainable Financial Advisory team, which includes dedicated Carbon Finance expertise. Collectively, these teams, under Lauren’s guidance, enable NatureVest to offer a broad suite of financial solutions that yield impactful conservation outcomes in alignment with TNC’s 2030 goals. Lauren’s leadership is pivotal in advancing the organization's mission by integrating sustainable financial practices and innovative conservation strategies.

Lauren joined NatureVest in 2014 as the Director of Product Development, focusing on water and agricultural investments. She went on to become the Managing Director of NatureVest’s Origination Team (recently renamed the Impact Investing Team), which focuses on identifying and structuring impact investment transactions across all TNC’s conservation priorities. Under her leadership, the Origination team worked collaboratively with Conservancy colleagues to structure and close deals across Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Americas.

Lauren has a BA from Middlebury College and an MA in International Relations from the London School of Economics where she focused on issues related to East African water resource management.

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Hear more from Lauren in the interviews below:

A Different Way of Investing

A Different Way of Investing Lauren and others discuss the power of impact and social investing in this short interview by Big Society Capital.

Africa Conservation and Communities Tourism Fund

Africa Conservation and Communities Tourism Fund Learn more from Lauren about the ACCT Fund in this video by the International Finance Corporation.