EVP, Head of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs/Founder/Member of Board of Directors
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.
Chief Executive Officer/Member of Board of Directors
Henry Weitzner is Chief Executive Officer of Turning Earth, LLC. Mr. Weitzner founded Walden Renewables in 2011 to develop and invest in green energy projects across the United States. Before launching his own company he was a Managing Director in Energy and Commodities at Barclays Capital. During his 10 years there, he built the energy trading and structuring business from the ground up. He focused on trading, structuring and financing in US Power, Natural Gas, RECs, Emissions, Coal, global LNG and forest products. Henry Weitzner negotiated, structured and risk managed numerous utility scale PPAs, energy off-take agreements, and natural gas supply contracts. He provided over $1 billion in inventory financing across the US Natural Gas and Oil storage industry. Henry Weitzner structured some of the earliest REC trades in California, moving RECs from a wind farm in Oregon into the California ISO.
Before Barclays Capital, Henry Weitzner spent 8 years at JPMorgan where he was head of the Foreign Exchange and Metals Options Trading desk in New York. He structured and managed some of the largest, most complex derivative hedges for US and international companies looking to mitigate their foreign exchange exposure.
Member of the Board of Directors
Anuj Jain is a Member of the Board of Directors of Turning Earth, LLC. Mr. Jain is Founder and Director at ARJ Strategy Partners, LLC, a single family office with investments in the solid waste sector, among others.
Member of the Board of Directors
Josh Roach is a Managing Partner and family principal of Lloyd Capital Partners –a private investment vehicle for the Henry Demarest Lloyd Family, whose patriarch was the pioneering journalist, financial editor and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune. Henry Demarest Lloyd, who was known for his exposés of the Standard Oil Company was married to Jesse Bross Lloyd, whose father owned the legendary newspaper.
Lloyd Capital Partners focuses on real assets, including real estate, agriculture, oil & gas, water assets, asset-based lending, and direct private investments providing stable cash-flows and capital appreciation outside of the public markets. Mr. Roach manages the direct investment deal flow, sits on the investment committee, and is responsible for capital allocation decisions. Prior to joining the family office, he spent 10 years in the software industry in corporate development roles where he worked with the various companies’ venture partners on strategic initiatives, acquisitions, and exits. Mr. Roach graduated from the University of Vermont in 1993. Prior to that he was a nationally ranked alpine ski racer and attended Killington Mountain School and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall.