Terra Alpha is very pleased to welcome Jane “Carter” Ingram to our Advisory Board. Carter brings over 20 years of experience in the academic, non-profit, and private sectors, with particular focus on sustainable development in emerging markets. Terra Alpha founder Tim Dunn noted, “Carter’s deep academic knowledge about climate change and natural systems, and her experience working with companies on sustainable strategies and programs will add incredible insights to our investment process and to our impact work.” She joins an advisory board that has expertise in a diverse range of topics including: planetary sciences, investments, corporate reporting, governance, and policy. The board’s role is to help inform our investment process and engagement work.
Carter has been at the forefront of integrating nature into sustainable development across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States. She was born in the US and has lived for extended periods in Kenya, Costa Rica, England, the Seychelles and Madagascar. Currently, Carter is an Executive Director at Pollination where she supports public and private sector clients focused on food, fiber and agriculture and other natural resource-based sectors with developing and implementing climate change and natural capital strategies and initiatives.
Prior to joining Pollination, Carter was a Senior Manager in EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice where she advised food/agriculture, real estate, infrastructure and tourism businesses in designing and implementing ESG goals and strategies, programs and impact measurement, with a focus on natural capital. Carter’s previous experiences include launching and leading the Ecosystem Services program and the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) for the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she worked with governments, multi-lateral institutions, NGOs and businesses to conduct scientific analyses, develop new collaborations and implement initiatives to advance biodiversity conservation and sustainable development globally.
Carter completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Earth Institute of Columbia University and has a M.Sc. and D.Phil. from the School of Geography and the Environment of Oxford University. She has co-edited two books and written over 60 articles, reports and publications on biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate change, poverty reduction and economic development. Carter is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School for Foreign Service at Georgetown University and has served on the SNAPP Science Advisory Council, the Technical Advisory Council for the UNDP Equator Initiative, the International Working Group for the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures and has been co-leading a USG working group on Natural Capital Accounting in the United States.
Carter lives in Washington, D.C. and spends her free time exploring and enjoying nature with her family and friends. Her favorite activities include paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking/camping, cycling, running, swimming and scuba diving.