KATHERINE BIRNIE is Managing Director of Markets at EIP, where she’s served hundreds of permittees and mitigation customers since joining the team in 2009. A highlight of her time at EIP is her work meeting the long-term mitigation needs of a mining company — structuring a forward contract for overall cost savings, reduced customer risk, an accelerated permit process, and a successful permit completed years ahead of schedule.
Katherine has cross-disciplinary experience in sales and marketing, real estate acquisition, conservation finance, and market analysis. Prior to joining EIP, Katherine served as the Conservation Innovation Program Manager at the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. She has also served as Project Manager at the Peninsula Open Space Trust in California.
Katherine lives in New England with her husband, Wayne. They hiked the Arctic Circle trail during their honeymoon; in similar fashion, Katherine can be found exploring by ski, kayak, or foot in her free time, often accompanied by her dog Bodhi. Katherine has a BA in Biology from Williams College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Q&A with Katherine
What does your role at EIP entail?
I help our customers solve their restoration and mitigation challenges. This involves a wide range of responsibilities, from leading the marketing and sales of our restoration products to working with individual customers.
What interested and prepared you for this line of work?
What has prepared me well for my work with our customers and selling our product is my interdisciplinary background — ecology, science, business, financial analysis, negotiation, and marketing — alongside my deep belief in the environmental benefit of what we do. We are achieving not only conservation, but also restoration — all with private sector funding, without relying on government or philanthropic dollars.
What excites you about EIP’s impact in the world?
I love that our restoration work helps human communities in two complementary ways. We advance important infrastructure projects, like road construction or energy generation; at the same time, we provide ecological benefits, including downstream flood attenuation or coastal storm surge protection.