Greg Horner Consulting

Planet + Perspective

Consulting & research at the nexus of environment, agriculture, and sustainability

Hi, I’m Greg

Gregory Horner has worked in the environmental field for 22 years, and at the intersection of environment, agriculture, and sustainability for 19 years. As an independent consultant he works with foundations, nonprofits, mission-aligned companies, and individual donors, providing them with strategy development, research, impact assessment, and program implementation.  Greg is the lead author of a recently released series of profiles of public land managers who use regenerative grazing as a tool to achieve their conservation goals.

Greg is also the senior program officer at the Cedar Tree Foundation in Boston, where he has worked since 2004. His recent work includes the design and implementation of a $15 million funding initiative focused on the intersection of climate change, soil health, and regenerative grazing. He manages a varied portfolio of grants including those addressing indigenous leaders, urban agriculture, climate change, environmental justice, and more.

Greg is a Middlebury College graduate and he earned a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan’s School of Environment & Sustainability, as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Boston University. Greg lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts with his wife and two girls and rescue dog Bella. He’s an avid gardener, cyclist, skier, and paddler.

My Work

Worked closely with leadership on project strategy and design for several projects, then worked independently on project execution and management. Designed a communications plan.  Created and managed strategic partnerships.

 

Strategy | Communications

Conducted stakeholder interviews and provided analysis to inform funding strategy for Patagonia’s Regenerative Agriculture grantmaking. Interviewed farmers, academics, and nonprofit leaders and translated their input & recommendations into the landscape analysis.

 

Research | Analysis

Provided year-long strategic input for creation of a major new program; built a strategic plan; supported key staff with program implementation.

 

Strategy | Program Development

Research, design, and implementation of a $15 million funding initiative.  Provided engaging Board communications in-person, online, and in writing.

 

Program Design & Implementation

Created and implemented a communications plan for informing foundations and donors with information about their research project.

 

Communications | Strategy

Provided development and program support to this start-up nonprofit.

 

Program Development | Fundraising | Strategy

Testimonials

“I worked with Greg on the creation of a new program at the sunrise project. He was very insightful and had deep experience standing up new funding programs that we found very valuable. In particular, I found his insights into program structure, design and engagement with donors to make our approach much stronger than had he not been involved. He’s also a very friendly guy and easy to work with. Would definitely recommend him for future work”

– Justin Guay
Director of Global Climate Strategy @ Sunrise Project

“I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with Greg in many capacities, as colleagues working together through FORA, Funders for Regenerative Agriculture, as well as consultants working together on various client projects. Greg is organized, a strategic thinker, and brings great energy to any team I have worked with him on- all skills that make him a great teammate and problem solver. Greg pushes the group when needed to ask deeper questions and dig into the details, as well as moves tasks forward to keep the team and deadlines on track. It’s been my pleasure to collaborate with him and hope to continue to do so on many projects moving forward.”

– Jennifer O’Connor
Executive Director @ Funders for Regenerative Agriculture

“Greg Horner was the inspiration and energy behind a new nonprofit start up we both worked on. He had the vision to see the possibilities and the drive, organizational skills and charisma to lead a group of volunteers to see it through to fruition. It would be a pleasure to work on future projects together.”

– Natasha Molnar
Program Manager @ Santander

“Greg is terrific to work with – clear and decisive, proactive and inclusive, able to juggle vision strategy and details all at once.”

– Wendy Millet
Director @ TomKat Ranch

“Greg has been a valuable consultant to the Clean Energy States Alliance, helping us to share our work on strategies foundations can use to advance solar development that benefits low-income and disadvantaged communities.  He has been energetic, creative, and pro-active. He is very easy to work with”

Warren Leon
Executive Director, Clean Energy States Alliance

“Greg Horner has been a vital part of the NGBI team as it has grown from concept to reality. He brings vast knowledge of program development and strategy, great experience in funding not-for-profit organizations, and an organized, generous spirit to his work.”

– Ridge Shinn
Execuitive Director, Northeast Grassfed Beef Initiative

Recent Press

Interviews

Speaking

  • Speaker – 2023, League of Women Voters’ Sustainability Series
  • Presenter – 2022 Land Trust Alliance Rally
  • Presenter – 2020 National Audubon Society Board of Directors Meeting
  • Presenter – 2018 Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders Forum

Services

Landscape Assessment, Analysis, Research

Interview-Driven Research with a Range of Stakeholders

Strategy Development  

Program Development & Implementation

Communications – Written, Online, & In-Person

Philanthropy: Individual, Corporate, or Foundation

Strategic Partnership Creation

Docket Creation; Evaluating Grant Applications & Reports 

Mission & Vision Development

Identification of Emerging Areas of Giving & High-Impact Opportunities

Get in Touch

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