Allegra Wrocklage

Program Manager at Conservation Finance Network
Conservation Finance Network

Allegra Wrocklage is the Program Manager for the Network (CFN), supporting public, private, and nonprofit professionals working in conservation finance through intensive trainings, workshops, and network building to increase knowledge and resource-sharing in the field and accelerate innovative conservation financing strategies.  

Prior to working with CFN, Allegra worked for the World Wildlife Fund’s US Government Relations team on lobbying and advocacy for sustainable agriculture and wildlife policy. She also consulted for the International Union for Conservation of Nature on forest management in Eastern Europe and interned for the Natural Infrastructure of Water Project with the World Resources Institute focusing on forested watershed management. Allegra served as an AmeriCorps member with the Wildlands Trust in Massachusetts, working with municipalities and private landowners to coordinate land conservation activities in the region.

Allegra received an MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, as well as a BA from the University of Michigan.

Authored Articles
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Tread carefully but with clarity when engaging your board. (Photo by Todd Kaplan) 

Rewards Outweigh the Risks: How to Introduce Land Trust Boards to Conservation Finance

Conservation finance, by definition, involves risk. But land trust staff who engage board members in understanding and navigating risks and opportunities can bring forth new and durable income streams. How can staff members build board members' comfort and earn their support for new approaches? Success stories highlight methods for educating...
In the nation's Covid epicenter, a well-funded park stokes wellness

New York City's Brooklyn Bridge Park, here on a morning during the Covid shutdown, blends public and private capital to broaden open space access. More neighborhoods need parks like this. 

A Necessity, Not A Luxury: Crisis Reasserts Why Everyone Needs Open Space

America has a long tradition of creating public parks and open space, from the rugged wilds of our National Parks and National Forests to the pocket park down the road from our homes. Today, in the midst of Covid-19 social distancing, those of us who are fortunate to have access...
Delaware farm

Farm in Georgetown, Delaware / Michele Dorsey Walfred / CC BY-SA 2.0

Revolving Water Fund Pilots PFS Approach for Water Quality Improvements

The traditional water fund model, which has been used around the world, pools philanthropic and donor capital to support upstream restorations. The Revolving Water Fund innovates on this model by also aiming to quantify the pollution reductions from these restoration activities, then packaging and selling the reductions to municipalities in...
Rain gardens built by District Stormwater

Rain gardens built by District Stormwater, LLC, in partnership
with Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington,
generate over 90,000 SRCs annually at the historic Mount Olivet
Severn Smith/The Nature Conservancy

Focus on Investors Boosts DC’s Stormwater Credit Market

The Washington, DC Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE)’s Stormwater Retention Credit Program takes a unique approach to attracting private capital to effectively leverage public funds. DOEE’s financial commitment to managing its stormwater challenges and proactive transparency in working with investors have created an attractive opportunity for private investment.

Voices of Conservation Finance: An Interview with David Meyers

In this episode of the podcast "Voices of ," our guest was David Meyers, Senior Technical Advisor to the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) at the United Nations Development Programme. He was also recently hired as the first Executive Director of Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA).
Meadowlark in tree

Voices of Conservation Finance: An Interview with Patrick Holmes

In our first episode of "Voices of ," we are excited to welcome Patrick Holmes, a Conservation Finance Network advisory committee member who shared stories of how his own professional development dovetailed with the expansion of the conservation finance field.
Chesapeake Bay watershed

USDA NRCS Provides Startup Capital for Conservation

The Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program of the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) stands out as a valuable tool for innovative conservation projects to gain access to startup capital and to meet the demand for private investment on working lands. In June 2017, NRCS announced a new cohort of...