Director, Enviro Social Capital
Damon leads GBA’s Green Infrastructure Pay-for-Success initiative, an innovative alternative financing mechanism that provides an outcomes-based framework for attracting untapped resources from the private market for use in community and public sector projects with strong triple bottom line benefits. Enviro Social Capital seeks to apply the PFS model to our region’s massive sewer infrastructure problem. Through coalition and consensus building, he works to provide the necessary thought leadership, large-scale investment opportunities, and collective momentum needed to help realize and implement a “green first” plan in Pittsburgh.
Damon has nearly 20 years of civil engineering, infrastructure management, and water policy experience, with a passion for community-centric, resilient and regenerative design practices, sustainability, and fostering collaboration across disciplines. His diverse background includes water resources; sustainable site design; municipal, traffic, and infrastructure engineering; and software and hardware development. As a designer and small business owner of Ethos Collaborative, he has been involved in numerous projects and large-scale urban design and planning initiatives, always striving toward core objectives of integrative processes, policy improvements, and transformation. Damon is also a district engineer for Allegheny County Conservation District and serves as Board Chair for Allegheny Land Trust.
Damon received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Advanced Infrastructure Systems from Carnegie Mellon University. Whereas his undergraduate work prepared him to be an engineering practitioner, his graduate work was particularly applicable to the concept of green infrastructure pay-for-success, which strongly depends on quantifiable performance measurement. The exciting new field of Advanced Infrastructure combines traditional civil engineering with emerging information technologies, such as real- time sensing, advanced data mining and decision support, data management, and life cycle assessment in an effort to produce more sustainable and cost effective civil and municipal infrastructures.