PRESS RELEASE: Dan Nees Joins Throwe Environmental as Full-Time Director of Policy and Finance

Thursday, January 12, 2023




BRISTOL, RI (January 12, 2023) Dan Nees has joined Throwe Environmental, LLC as the company’s full-time Director of Policy and Finance. Nees has held the same position part time since May 2022, and previously served as a Project Partner with Throwe since the company’s founding in 2019.

Nees joins the Throwe team with over two decades of experience assisting communities and organizations nationally, and in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions in particular, in their efforts to finance and implement environmental and sustainable development initiatives. 

“Working with Throwe Environmental over the past four years has been one of the great joys of my career,” shared Nees. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to expand my role with one of the country’s elite climate financing firms, as well as one of the best teams I have ever been a part of.”

During his tenure with Throwe, Nees’ most notable accomplishment has been the establishment of the Resilience Authority of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. County Executive Steuart Pittman and Mayor Gavin Buckley named Nees as the Authority’s Interim Director after a nationwide search that concluded in May 2022. Prior to his being named Interim Director, Nees and Throwe Environmental President, Joanne Throwe, worked closely with County and City leadership to conceptualize and eventually implement the framework for what Nees called a “groundbreaking institution” and “an invaluable tool for protecting the region’s economy, culture, and natural resources from the impacts of climate change.” Matt Fleming was named the Authority’s permanent Director in December 2022.

With Throwe, Nees has also developed climate resilience action and investment strategies for several communities across Southeastern New England and provided funding and sustainable investment capacity to communities across the country as a Field Liaison for the National Coastal Resilience Fund and the Long Island Sound Futures Fund. Nees directs the company’s approach to financial policy and guides Throwe’s strategic planning.

“As a trusted colleague and a dear friend, Dan has been a cornerstone for Throwe Environmental since the beginning,” said Joanne Throwe. “Dan has helped Throwe grow exponentially during our first four years, establishing a framework for enhancing community resilience and advancing sustained investment at scale. Having Dan as a full-time member of our team opens countless new opportunities to make an even greater impact in our communities.”

Nees was a Senior Fellow with the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) at the University of Maryland (UMD) from 2019 to 2023. At CGS, Nees led the Center’s Community Resilience Initiative with a focus on sustainable financing; worked with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to create the Resilience Financing Stress Test Tool to assess the infrastructure financing capacity of localities; and partnered with state, local, and UMD leadership to establish sustainable economic systems and institutions.

Nees previously served as Director of the Region 3 Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at UMD, where he directed, managed, and administered the leading environmental and natural resource financing outreach organization in the Mid-Atlantic. Nees has also worked as the Chesapeake Fund Director at Forest Trends, a Senior Associate at World Resources Institute, and a Project Manager for Corporate Programs at The Nature Conservancy.

Nees has earned a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Public Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics all from UMD College Park. Nees resides in Howard County, MD.




Throwe Environmental, LLC assists communities and organizations across the United States in identifying, implementing, and sustainably financing action to address the impacts of climate change. Through outreach, technical assistance, and institutional development, Throwe helps its clients address environmental challenges through resilient, sustainable, and practical methods. For more information, please visit


Kyle Gray, Manager of Programs and Engagement, Throwe Environmental