First Earth | 2030

Our Team

Charlie Westbrook | Principal

Dedicated to the environmental markets since 2005, Charlie is a Co-founder and a Principal of FE|2030. Charlie also serves as Director of Stewardship for Broad Water Innovations - a land trust of mitigation banks and is the founder of Atoka Conservation Exchange. Charlie is also a Co-founder and Board of Director of Hull Street Action - a Richmond community organization with the aim to identify and unify community development activities impacting the economic development, housing, public safety and cultural identity of Hull Street. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, a rehabilitator of historic properties, a licensed realtor, an artist, an outdoor enthusiast and lives in Richmond with his wife and four children.

Tee Clarkson | Principal

Tee is a passionate outdoorsman and conservationist, a Co-founder and a Principal of FE|2030, the President of Broad Water Innovations, and the Managing Director of Atoka Conservation Exchange. For thirteen years he has run summer youth outdoor programs in Virginia introducing thousands of children to the wonders of Virginia’s wild places. Tee is on the board of Virginia Forever, The enrichmond Foundation and The Center for Natural Capital. A St. Christopher’s School alumnae, a graduate of the University of Georgia, he lives in Richmond with his wife and two children.

Wade Blackwood | CFO

Over the last 17 years, Wade has served in financial and executive leadership roles at both nonprofit and for profit entities.  Before joining FE|2030, Wade was part of a team that invented and licensed environmentally friendly outdoor technology to replace traditional plastic materials for recreational and commercial use. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Canoe/Kayak Team. He has served on a number boards including a Federal Advisory Committee for the Capt. John Smith Trail and the Outdoor Alliance. He has a soft spot for technology that benefits the environment and any pitcher who can throw a consistent knuckleball. Wade was an Economic Development Volunteer in Honduras for the Peace Corps and holds a BA from Hampden-Sydney College and an MBA from William and Mary. He enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities and is an avid fisherman. He and his wife and two children live in Richmond.

Andrea Reese | Conservation Project Manager

Andrea is a dedicated land conservationist with 15 years of practical experience in the field. For First Earth|2030, she matches conservation strategies and funding sources with land characteristics and landowner goals. She is a volunteer commissioner with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, she has also served as the conservation director of Northern Virginia Conservation Trust and worked in regional park acquisition, stewardship fieldwork in Virginia’s Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley, battlefield grant funding for the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and farmland preservation in Connecticut. Andrea holds two master’s degrees from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College. She was raised in the Palouse region of Idaho. Andrea, her husband, and their young son live in Arlington.