Peter Accinno joined Environmental Defense Fund as Vice President, Finance and Administration in October 2004. He spent over 20 years with MetLife in a variety of investment and financial management positions: VP Corporate Investments, CFO Investment Group, VP Financial Management Reengineering and VP Financial Risk Management. During this time, he attended the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. After leaving Met Life in 1999, Peter was the CFO for the top-ten online brokerage firm, Wall Street Access Corporation, helping to raise capital and guide its growth. He joined the financial software firm IQ Financial Systems, Inc. in 2003, where he played a key role in its sale to a larger, UK-based competitor in 2004. Peter received his BS with honors from Boston College in 1972, where he majored in accounting and his MBA from Columbia in 1976, where he majored in finance. He lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife Patricia, where he is active in his church and local charitable affairs.
Larry Band is the Director of the California Fisheries Fund. He also works as a consultant to non-profit organizations on finance and market-related issues in environmental policy. Previously, Larry worked for 20 years at Lehman Brothers. He spent seventeen years as an investment banker advising corporations on a wide variety of strategic and financing transactions working primarily with companies in the telecommunications, technology and industrial sectors. Larry became a senior member of Lehman’s human capital management team in 2005 where he was the global head of recruiting and responsible for talent management for junior professionals across the firm. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Larry worked as a management consultant for Bain & Co. and as a policy analyst at the American Enterprise Institute. He holds a BS in Biology and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business.
David Festa is Vice President for Environmental Defense Fund’s west coast operations, which include scientists, economists and lawyers based in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. In addition to working for EDF, David has spent the past 25 years working as a journalist, businessman, adviser and governmental official on conservation issues. As director of Policy and Strategic Planning at the Department of Commerce, David led on issues including reducing harmful fish subsidies, maintaining the moratorium on whaling, improving conservation in U.S. fisheries and strengthening the National Marine Sanctuaries. David holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.
Amanda Leland is Vice President for the Oceans program at Environmental Defense Fund. She is responsible for leading a diverse team of 50 scientists, lawyers, and advocates for healthy and abundant oceans. She focuses on strategies to transform resource management to achieve productive and profitable fisheries in the US. Since joining EDF in 2004, Amanda has played a key role in winning new policies and laws that promote healthy fisheries and oceans, securing new marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean that comprise one of the world’s largest protected areas, and developing new partnerships with NGOs, academics, industry representatives, and others to advance practical solutions. Amanda has experience in many aspects of fisheries, including as a scientist conducting cooperative research with commercial fishermen in Maine, as a Congressional staff-person focused on ocean issues, and as an advocate advancing policies that promote sustainable and profitable fisheries. Amanda received her M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Maine.
Heather Paffe is Associate Vice President for EDF’s oceans program, overseeing regional work around the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. Her team focuses on market-based solutions to improve fishery management, in order to rebuild struggling fish populations and restore healthy, productive fisheries and ecosystems. Heather has specific expertise in management, strategic planning, legislation, politics and policy. She has also served as a political and policy consultant for a variety of organizations, including the Union of Concerned Scientists, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and United Ways of Texas. Prior to this, Heather served as Texas Director of the Children's Defense Fund and the '98 Project. She has managed political campaigns and worked for the Texas General Land Office and two of Texas' Lieutenant Governors. Heather completed the Leadership Texas Program in 2000 and earned a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.