EcoHealth Alliance Announces Reelection of Peter S. Kaufman to Board of Directors

NEW YORK – September 21, 2013

EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announced the reelection of Mr. Peter S. Kaufman to its Board of Directors.  With over 40 years of innovative science-based research, EcoHealth Alliance continues to be a leading environmental health organization with superior guidance from a diverse, multi-disciplinary Board of Directors.  EcoHealth Alliance’s Board of Directors approve the strategic direction of the organization as well as ensure its financial health and sustainability.

Mr. Kaufman, President and Head of Restructuring and Distressed M&A at Gordian Group, is rejoining the EcoHealth Alliance Board of Directors after a six year leave of absence.  The Board welcomes Mr. Kaufman’s return and his renewed focus on the organization with his depth of business expertise and leadership in financial structuring and solving challenges.  “We are thrilled to appoint Mr. Kaufman to the Board of Directors; his dedication to the organization’s mission and his financial prowess will help advance our programs, development and fundraising,” said Ellen Shedlarz, Chairman of the Board, EcoHealth Alliance.

Since 1990, Mr. Kaufman has been at Gordian Group and his investment banking practice includes advising Board of Directors, private equity firms, as well as buyers and sellers of distressed businesses.  Prior to joining Gordian Group, Mr. Kaufman was a founding member of First Boston Corporation’s Distressed Securities Group. As an investment banker and attorney, he has more than 25 years of experience solving complex financial challenges. In 2013, he testified in front of the ABI Commission on Bankruptcy Reform in respect of valuation.

In collaboration with Henry Owsley, Gordian Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kaufman is the co-author of the definitive work in the field, Distressed Investment Banking: To the Abyss and Back.  Additionally, Mr. Kaufman has been profiled by The Deal, and is consistently ranked as one of the 10 leading national investment bankers in financial restructurings and has been ranked #1.

Mr. Kaufman is also a Managing Partner at Bacchus Capital Management – a private equity firm investing in wineries. Bacchus Capital Management is a San Francisco and New York based investment firm focused on providing strategic capital and making private equity investments in the wine industry.

The media consistently calls upon Mr. Kaufman to provide financial expertise on debt, economic policy issues and he is the go-to authority for restructuring and bankruptcy viewpoints.  He has appeared extensively on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, NBC, WSJ TV, and is well cited in print publications including The New York Times, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Mr. Kaufman join our Board of Directors; he is actively engaged in our work and fully grasps our dual mission to protect wildlife and public health through innovative environmental health programs,” said Dr. Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance.

Mr. Kaufman received a B.A. with honors in History and Art History from Yale College, where he played four years of lacrosse.  He also received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he graduated in the top quarter of his class.

About EcoHealth Alliance
Building on over 40 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and safeguarding human health from the emergence of disease. The organization develops ways to combat the effects of damaged ecosystems on human and wildlife health.  Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever, global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions, to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance’s rigorous, science-based approach, focused at the intersection of the environment, health, and capacity building.  Working in the U.S. and more than 20 countries worldwide, EcoHealth Alliance’s strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, and policy initiatives. For more information, please visit


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