Nicole St. Clair Knobloch


Nicole St. Clair Knobloch is the founder of Olifant, LLC, a market development firm to develop projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and finance conservation, currently working to advance mass timber construction. As the recipient of U.S. Forest Service Wood Innovation Grants in 2019 and 2022, Olifant and partners have worked to implement incentives for mass timber consideration in Boston, New York City, and now Minneapolis, Denver, and Atlanta, and to examine the potential for U.S. working forests in four regions to invest in mass timber supply.

St. Clair Knobloch is also one of three co-founders of Fort Point Timber, a new company which will supply mass timber from Sweden- and Finland-based Stora Enso to the U.S. Northeast through Boston, starting in 2024. The aim of both companies is to bring mass timber use into the mainstream and at a scale meaningful to addressing the twin crises of housing and climate change.

Previously she worked on climate legislation and corporate engagement for environmental NGOs and the Nicholas Institute for the Environment at Duke University. She is a Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University.