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Inaugural NMBA Executive Director Named

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 14, 2015 – The National
Mitigation Banking Association (NMBA), announced
today Barton James has been named Executive Director
for the association.

After conducting a nationwide search for an executive director beginning in
2014, James was picked for the position by Board and will begin today.

“Barton has helped shape national conservation policy for over two decades.
He brings a wealth of experience to our membership from his work inside and
outside of Capitol Hill, the Federal government, and leading conservation
organizations,” said NMBA Executive Board President Wayne White. “His
understanding of complex conservation issues paired with his advocacy and
campaign experience has uniquely prepared him to lead the next evolution of
our association as our first-ever executive director.”

James was appointed in 2001 to serve at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
and later returned to serve as a political appointee at the U.S. Small Business
Administration. In 2003 he officially moved into conservation where he led
Ducks Unlimited’s public policy work with federal agencies and Congress on
agriculture, tax issues, clean water, coastal habitat loss, the Army Corps,
water supply, Great Lakes restoration and hunting issues for nearly a decade.
Following that, James was recruited to the Land Trust Alliance, where he and
his team designed and implemented a national advocacy program.
James has also served as a staff member in the U.S. House of
Representatives and as a political consultant.

“NMBA’s membership has been on the forefront shaping national
conservation alongside America’s business community. I believe there are
endless opportunities for NMBA’s corporate and non-profit membership to
grow and continue to positively impact our nation’s environment,” notes
James. “During this time of fiscal austerity, I’m excited to be on the front lines
working hand-in-hand with this unique group that has been bringing
innovative approaches to safeguard our dwindling natural resources that
make sense for all stakeholders.”

As NMBA executive director, James will provide vision and leadership for
growth and development of the association, act as the official spokesperson,
plan, direct, and oversee policies supporting NMBA’s membership, and
manage the day-to-day operations.

National Mitigation Banking Association is a national association brings together leaders
who are committed to a unique concept for restoring and conserving America’s wetlands,
streams, and other habitat resources through sound economic and environmental
practices. Established in 1998 NMBA promotes federal legislation and regulatory policy
that encourages mitigation banking as a means of compensating for adverse impacts to
our nation’s environment.

Media Contact:
Grant Feichtinger
(202) 457-8909


Audubon of Florida is pleased to count Mitigation Marketing as one of our partners in conservation in Florida. We have found Mitigation Marketing to be a true innovator in the mitigation industry. Dennis Benbow and his staff are pioneering important efforts in both the Wetlands and Conservation banking fields. Mitigation Marketing is demonstrating that carefully thought out Wetlands and Conservation mitigation banks can be an important factor in the effort to conserve and restore many thousands of acres of what is best in Florida’s wildlife habitats and natural resources.

Charles Lee
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