Dan Spethmann, PhD

Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer

As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Working Lands Soil & Water, as well as Managing Partner at Working Lands Investment Partners, Dan Spethmann specializes in developing environmental markets, specifically performing project origination and execution for stream and wetlands mitigation, including permitting, design, and construction management.


With over 30 years of experience in natural resource management, Spethmann previously served as Manager of Investment Programs for New Forests, Inc. where he established an investment fund by raising and placing institutional and private capital in forestry, land management and conservation markets. Additionally, Spethmann led Non-Timber Resources Development at Temple-Inland, Inc. where he facilitated forest conservation easements and endangered species credit programs, as well as the development of stream and wetlands mitigation instruments.


Additionally, Spethmann founded Strategic Controls Corporation, providing supervisory control and data acquisition systems for the natural gas industry, and served as Project Manager for Moncon, Inc., where he provided controls systems for hydroelectric facilities, as well as the municipal water and wastewater industries.


Spethmann holds a Doctorate of Environmental Ethics from Georgetown University, a PhD in Natural Resources Economics from Stephen F. Austin State University, a Master’s degree in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.