Ricardo “Rick” Nogueira is an independent consultant on climate finance and climate change policy, international development, and sustainable investing. Rick recently completed a tour at the U.S. Department of State with the Obama administration where he served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change. In this role he oversaw climate finance negotiation efforts and served as a U.S. board member on the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Prior to government service, Rick was a Managing Director at EEA Fund Management, where he was responsible for founding and managing a $400 million clean energy fund (Leaf Clean Energy Company). At EEA, Rick also oversaw the US and Latin American portfolios of Trading Emissions plc, a publicly listed carbon and clean energy investment fund. From 2000 to 2005, Rick was a senior associate at the law firm of VanNess Feldman focusing on CDM transactions and climate policy. Prior to VanNess Feldman, he spent 3 years with the Brazilian law firm of Felsberg & Associados, where he was involved in some of the earliest CDM projects. He holds a BA from Lafayette College and a JD from Seton Hall School of Law.