Abby Martin

MBA, Yale School of Management, 2019 Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2019
Abby is a third-year MEM/MBA student. At Yale, she leads the Conservation Finance student interest group, manages the CBEY 2050 Fellows discussion group on the future of business and the environment, writes for Conservation Finance Network, and serves as a board fellow for Bike Walk Connecticut, a statewide bicycle & pedestrian advocacy organization. Abby spent summer 2018 at Social Finance, helping build out the firm’s sustainability and resilience-focused Pay for Success portfolio. She spent summer 2017 with The Nature Conservancy’s MarketLab team, where she developed conservation strategies for California groundwater markets.

Prior to Yale, she served as Associate Director of the Center for City Park Excellence, a research arm of The Trust for Public Land. In that capacity, Abby studied management for urban park systems, including best practices for sustaining public-private partnerships and creating innovative green infrastructure systems, and analyzed big-city park systems across the United States as a project manager for the ParkScore initiative. A LEED Accredited Professional, she previously led sustainable community planning & construction projects for Yestermorrow Design/Build School. Abby holds a self-designed B.A. in Environmental Studies from Williams College.
Authored Articles
Girl working on stormwater project in Oklahoma

New Horizons for Market-Based Stormwater Management

The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that communities must invest $150 billion nationally in the next 20 years in infrastructure to effectively manage stormwater. A 2017 report from the Willamette Partnership outlines economic instruments that can drive investment or create action to meet federal and state environmental goals. Incentives, subsidies, trading and mitigation hold particular promise.
Birch trees in forest

Bridge Financing

This article by Abby Martin and Reggie Hall is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. Those considering conservation loans should carefully evaluate their preparedness and be open to the possibility that this may not be a viable strategy for their organization. Any organization must get its financial and management systems in order before lenders will provide a loan.
Grandfather Mountain North Carolina

Three Lessons for Land-Conservation Loans

Timing can make or break a conservation deal. Land trusts and other conservation groups often work with motivated sellers who must divest property by a certain date or are otherwise eager to close deals quickly. The organizations must either gather the required financing on the sellers’ short timelines or forego the projects. When organizations are short on cash but deem projects too important to ignore, conservation loans can bridge the financing gaps.
US capitol

A Pioneering Environmental Impact Bond for DC Water

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) has created an innovative municipal bond that covers the downside risk of using green infrastructure to control stormwater runoff. Compared with conventional gray infrastructure, green options have a shorter performance record and are more difficult to model. However, they are often cheaper and offer visible community benefits.