Gund Affiliate, Managing Partner, Working Lands Investment Partners LLC

Dan Spethmann has over 30 years’ experience in natural resource management. Dan is Managing Partner at Working Lands Investment Partners, LLC, specializing in developing environmental markets, specifically performing project origination and execution. For example, projects include stream and wetlands mitigation including permitting, design, and construction management.

Previously, Dan was Manager of Investment Programs for New Forests, Inc., where he helped to raise and place institutional and private capital into ecosystem markets. Prior to this, he led the non timber Resources development effort at Temple-Inland, Inc., where he developed stream and wetlands mitigation instruments, working forest conservation easements, and endangered species credit programs. Dan was founder of Strategic Controls Corporation which provided supervisory control and data acquisition systems for the natural gas industry. Prior to this, he served as Project Manager at Moncon, inc., where he provided controls systems for hydroelectric facilities as well as the municipal water and wastewater industries.

Gund Affiliate Dan Spethmann

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Projects benefiting the public, creating a flourishing environmental foundation for life in all forms, restoration, rehabilitation, regeneration, and preservation


  • Doctorate, Environmental Ethics, Georgetown University
  • PhD, Natural Resources Economics, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • MS, Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point