Michael Curley is a lawyer who has spent the majority of his career in project finance and the last 25 years in environmental project finance. He is the author of Finance Policy for Renewable Energy and a Sustainable Environment, which will be published by Taylor & Francis in March, 2014 and The Handbook of Project Finance for Water and Wastewater Systems, published by Times/Mirror. He has also published over 40 articles and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Press Club.

In 1990, he was appointed to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he served for 21 years under four Presidents. Over the past 20 years, he has taught environmental finance and law at the Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities as well as Vermont Law School. He founded the Environmental Finance Centers at the University of Maryland, Syracuse University and Cleveland State University.

In New York in the early ‘80’s, he raised the venture capital for, founded, and served as president and CEO of the third financial guaranty insurance company in the world. He sold the company to the Hongkong Shanghai Bank. He was also a partner at the New York City law firm of Shea & Gould.

As he moved into environmental finance, he completed a ten-year, $3 million, assignment for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he developed national municipal bond banks for water, wastewater, district heating and other municipal infrastructure for both the Russian Federation and for Ukraine, designed a revolving fund for safe drinking water for the Ministry of the Environment in the Republic of Georgia and built fifteen rural water systems and developed the national model for rural water finance in the Republic of Kazakhstan.