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2017 Fellows on a field trip during the month-long training program.—Kevin McCann, 2017 Fellow

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Strategic Policy Advisor at King County

Seattle, WA 98103-7122
United States of America


Darren is a strategic policy advisor for King County’s Department of Natural Resources working on a range of programs and policies for land conservation and acquisition. In the past, he managed King County’s Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) and Mitigation Credit Programs from 2007-2015 and brings a valuable national perspective on market-based solutions for land conservation and restoration. Darren expanded the market in development right trading to achieve over $24 million in trades and 55,000 acres of permanent forest and farmland protection in the Pacific Northwest. Darren also oversaw work on over $9 million worth of mitigation credit sales to the private and public sectors. Prior to his work at King County, Darren worked for Solimar Research Group in an advisory role to local governments across the country looking to adopt growth management, land protection, and market-based conservation policies.

Darren holds an M.A. in Environmental Economics & Policy from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara (2005) and a B.S. in Chemistry from the Colorado College (1997).