Zack Parisa

Zack Parisa

CEO

The Natural Capital Exchange

The Natural Capital Exchange

Nominated by Cassie Crockett

Zack Parisa is the co-founder and CEO of the Natural Capital Exchange (NCX) a data-driven forest carbon market. In 2021, NCX created the largest forest carbon project in the contiguous US.

A forester and biometrician by training, Zack has spent the last decade developing cutting-edge tools for precision forest management and putting them to work for some of America‚Äôs largest landowners. NCX (formerly SilviaTerra) collaborated with Microsoft to create “Basemap,” the first high-resolution forest inventory of the United States, creating a map of over 92 billion trees that now underpins the NCX market. Zack earned an M.F.S. from Yale University, where he developed NCX’s core technology and a B.S. in Forestry from Mississippi State University.