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Carl Palmer

Carl is the founder and Executive Director of LegacyWorks Group and is currently serving as Regional Director in Santa Barbara and the Tetons. Carl has led innovative community impact initiatives for the past 17 years. His experience spans impact investing, nonprofit leadership, ecological restoration, strategy development, entrepreneurship, investment management and place-based education.
In 2005 Carl co-founded Beartooth Capital, an impact investment firm investing in important ranches around the American West to generate financial returns, conservation results and community benefits. Before Beartooth Capital, Carl was President and CEO of Greenbridges, an impact investment firm focused on agricultural property with high conservation value. Carl also served as Executive Director of the Ogden Nature Center, a land trust and education center in Northern Utah and worked at the Teton Science Schools in Grand Teton National Park.
Carl received a BA in Architectural Studies and a BA in Environmental Studies with Honors from Brown University. He also earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he was student President of the Public Management Program, the student arm of Stanford’s Center for Social Innovation. Carl chairs the Education Advisory Committee for the Board of Directors of the Teton Science Schools and serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Conservation Finance Network. When not working to build community, Carl loves gardening, working around the yard, traveling and backpacking. Carl lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Carrie Kappel, their son Charlie and daughter Lily, along with a menagerie of chickens, cats, fish and friends.