Executive Leadership


Amy McCrae Kessler, Esq.

EVP, Head of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs/Founder

Amy McCrae Kessler is EVP, Head of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs and a Founding Member of Turning Earth, LLC.  Ms. McCrae Kessler leads Turning Earth’s local, state and federal permitting initiatives and works across across multiple disciplines of project development including siting, design team management and public outreach, among others.  She is a member the Board of Directors of the American Biogas Council where she serves as Co-Chair of the Council’s Federal Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Committee & Co-Chair of the AD Co-Products Working Group. A Member of the Board since 2010, she served as Vice Chair of the ABC from 2014-2015, 2012-2013; Co-Chair AD Co-Products Working Group 2014-present; Co-Chair Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Committee from 2013-present, 2010-2012, building the ABC’s most popular program from the ground up.

Ms. McCrae Kessler has extensive environmental and administrative law, project development, and federal advocacy experience spanning multiple practice disciplines, including local, state and federal permitting of novel technologies and complex facilities, regulatory compliance, land use, planning and zoning, facility siting, community outreach, public policy, government relations and advocacy with expertise in a range of environmental issues, including sustainable materials management, renewable energy, organics recycling, anaerobic digestion and composting, food waste reduction, water conservation, climate change mitigation, nutrient and soil management.

Prior to launching Turning Earth, Ms. McCrae Kessler practiced environmental, international environmental and administrative law at Arnold & Porter, LLP in New York and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. Ms. McCrae Kessler has advised clients on a broad range of environmental issues in the context of litigation, regulatory compliance, permitting and corporate, banking and real estate transactions.  In addition, she has counseled sovereign states on a variety of environmental issues.

Before joining the private sector, Ms. McCrae Kessler dedicated time to public service and non-profit organizations including the Office of International Environmental Policy at the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Center for International Environmental Law.

In addition to numerous speaking engagements at national, state and local conferences and industry events, Ms. McCrae Kessler has written about organics recycling, benefits of biogas systems, advantages of high solids anaerobic digestion technology, federal environmental and tax policy, permitting strategy, organics diversion mandates, development of standards for testing and certification of AD co-products, the importance of seeking a NAICS code for the composting industry as well as the subjects of international environmental law and the environmental impacts of projects funded through multilateral lending institutions.

Ms. McCrae Kessler is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Ms. McCrae Kessler received her JD, summa cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in 1998 where she was a senior staff member of The American University Law Review.  She received her BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 1992.

Andrew C. Kessler

Member of the Board of Directors/Founder
Andrew C. Kessler is a Member of the Board of Directors and was a Founding Member of Turning Earth, LLC.  Prior to launching Turning Earth, Mr. Kessler spent fifteen years as an investment banker holding senior positions as a Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions professional at various firms including HSBC, Waller Capital, Morgan Stanley and Duff & Phelps.  He has executed a wide spectrum of equity, debt and M&A transactions across a diverse set of markets and industries.

Mr. Kessler writes and lectures on organics recycling and related topics and regularly speaks at industry forums and conferences.  He served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Composting Council from 2010 to 2012 and was elected to its Executive Committee in 2011 and 2012, as Vice President and Treasurer, respectively.  He is a Solid Waste Association of North America Certified Composting Systems Technical Associate.

Mr. Kessler received his MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1997, graduating with Distinction and as a Stern Scholar.  He received his BA in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1992.  During 2006 and 2008 he was a guest lecturer at New York University’s Executive MBA program and has served on the Board of Directors for early stage companies and non-profit corporations.