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Alisa Valderrama

Previous Visiting Scholar

Alisa was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center and is the founder of Neptune Street Environmental Markets Advisors. Alisa’s research focuses on facilitating investment in resilient water infrastructure. Prior to launching Neptune Street Advisors, Alisa was the Director of Water Infrastructure Finance at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). At the NRDC from 2010 to 2018, Alisa initiated and led the organization's work with cities focused on innovative infrastructure finance, with an emphasis on water infrastructure projects located on privately-owned land. Alisa is best known for helping the Philadelphia Water Department structure its Greened Acre Retrofit Program, a reverse-auction inspired approach that helps the City locate and fund low-cost and socially-beneficial stormwater management projects. Alisa has also worked in partnership with a number of cities to refine initiatives designed to create markets in resilient water infrastructure and avoided stormwater runoff. Before joining the NRDC, Alisa worked to help advance the market in energy-efficient building retrofits at the Clinton Climate Initiative. Previously, she helped launch a partnership between the Wharton School and the World Bank focused on building private sector capacity for improved environmental and social governance. Alisa holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the University of Southern California, and an LL.M. in international business law from the London School of Economics.

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