Long-time Vita Nuova member Barry Hersh has been appointed to serve on the Environmental Financial Advisory Board. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the appointment of thirty members, including both new and returning members, to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB). The EFAB provides advice to the EPA Administrator and the agency’s programs and regional offices on innovative ways to lower costs while increasing investments in environmental and public health protection. A priority for the EFAB is to support the agency’s investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to advance progress on key priorities, including uplifting underserved communities, tackling the climate crisis, and protecting public health.
Mr. Hersh is one of the leading redevelopment experts in the country, having managed the acquisition and redevelopment of over $250 million in brownfield properties nationwide from commercial to heavy industrial. His experience includes serving as Development and Planning Director for municipalities, Executive Director of a Community Housing Development Corporation, and senior real estate executive for a Fortune 100 corporation. He has been a member of Vita Nuova LLC for sixteen years and participated in numerous programs, including real estate training for US EPA and state environmental regulators.
EPA selected new and returning members for two- or three-year terms from a pool of highly qualified candidates. Selections were made in accordance with the EFAB charter to achieve balance and diversity in terms of workplace sector, geographic location, gender, ethnicity, and stakeholder perspective. These thirty members join the Chairperson and six members currently serving terms expiring in 2023. The current Chairperson and the members are drawn from all EPA regions and hail from twenty-one states.