Marissa Spence

Forest Manager, Climate Action Reserve

As a Forestry Manager, Marissa Spence manages the development of forest related GHG offset protocols and Climate Forward methodologies, maintains and updates existing protocols and methodologies, and supports reporting and verification services for forest projects.

Marissa has been studying forest-based natural climate solutions since 2012 and has expertise in carbon markets and offset protocols. Her published research has investigated how forest landowners can benefit from ecosystem markets, the production of co-benefits, and the role of carbon finance in forestland conservation. Marissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Metropolitan State University, a Master of Arts degree in Environment and Community from Humboldt State University, and a doctorate in Natural Resource Science and Management from the University of Minnesota.