Jeff Anderson, is a senior executive and serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in creating, growing, and turning around for-profit, non-profit and political organizations. In his current role as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at CalCEF, he is exploring strategies to utilize “demand-driven innovation” to scale business cluster growth and accelerate innovation.
Until recently, Jeff was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Clean Economy Network (CEN). During his tenure, CEN grew to be the largest national bi-partisan advocacy organization for CleanTech businesses and investors with over 12,000 members and 16 chapters across the United States. In November 2011, CEN merged with the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), to form a new national renewable energy trade association backed by Tom Steyer of Farallon Capital.
Prior to CEN, Jeff was a co-founder and Campaign Manager of CleanTech and Green Business for Obama (CT4-O), a national constituency group that organized the CleanTech and green business community in support of the Obama campaign. In this capacity, Jeff helped build and manage an organization that: conducted events in all 50 states in which over 7000 people participated; raised over $1.6 million for the Obama campaign, and; assisted the campaign in identifying messaging and media opportunities that highlighted the economic benefits from Obama’s call to build the new energy economy.
Jeff holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Columbia University, a Master of Laws degree in Environmental and Energy law (LL.M.) from Pace University School of Law, and a law degree (J.D.) from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. As an undergraduate, he attended Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in International Relations.
Ms. Bamberger leads Lori Bamberger Consulting, advising think tanks, financial institutions and leading nonprofit and policy organizations on entrepreneurial initiatives at the intersection of capital markets, energy efficiency and affordable and sustainable communities. Lori served as the Assistant Chief of Staff of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Secretary Henry Cisneros, as Counsel on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee (Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs) chaired by Senator Paul Sarbanes, and as Deputy Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing for Mayor Gavin Newsom. She also served as vice president of Providian Financial (now JP Morgan Chase) and as CEO of an Internet media company serving the women’s market.
Over the past five years, Lori has focused on addressing issues around energy retrofit financing in the building sector, having worked for Brookings, the Low Income Investment Fund, the Energy Programs Consortium, the San Francisco Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Lori holds an AB from Dartmouth College and a JD from Yale Law School.
Mr. Hinkle is the founder of Metrus Energy and created the Efficiency Services Agreement (ESA) that the company utilizes to finance large-scale efficiency retrofit projects. He also currently serves as a board member for the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council. Previously, Bob was vice president of energy efficiency at MMA Renewable Ventures, where he directed the company’s overall energy efficiency financing business and identified and negotiated investment opportunities with ESCOs and large commercial and industrial energy users. He worked for 10 years at Nexant Inc. (formerly part of Bechtel Corporation) and has developed and implemented more than $200 million of large-scale energy projects and programs in both the United States and emerging overseas markets for utilities, energy end-users, government agencies and international donors. Bob has an MA in international business from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in international politics and economics from Middlebury College.
Mr. Jamison is an Entrepreneur in Residence at CalCEF Innovations and also a principal with Infrastructure Capital Partners, an infrastructure development and investment firm. His professional experience is primarily in finance and private equity investment, as well as in advisory services on public private partnerships and social enterprise. Most recently, he was an investment professional at Babcock & Brown in the North America Infrastructure and Project Finance group. Previously, he held positions with Origo Inc., Bessemer Venture Partners and Merrill Lynch. Eliot has a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Ryan is a solar energy entrepreneur and finance professional working to unlock new sources of capital to fund solar projects and expand access to affordable solar energy around the world. He is the Founder of SunFunder, a new platform for crowdfunding investments in solar energy in emerging markets. Previously, Ryan was Vice President of Environmental Finance at Wells Fargo, where he helped establish and grow the bank’s solar project investment business and directed over $500 million of investment in more than 150 solar projects. Ryan began his career with the World Resources Institute, where he worked with businesses on their clean energy strategies and developed greenhouse gas reporting protocols that are widely used around the world. Ryan holds an MSc in international relations from the University of Bristol, England, and a BBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Janice is the Founder and Managing Partner, Strategen Consulting LLC and Co-Founder, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA). Janice brings over a decade of experience in clean energy strategy and market development experience to Strategen, and more than two decades of general corporate strategy experience. During this time she has advised a diverse range of clients including renewable energy equipment manufacturers and service providers, large corporations diversifying into clean energy, and real estate developers building sustainable communities.
Janice has been very active in advanced energy storage (AES), having led a successful effort to obtain incentive co-funding for AES through the CA Self Generation Incentive Program. She also recently co-founded the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), an inter-industry advocacy group focused on expanding the role of AES technology to promote the growth of renewable energy and a more stable and secure electric system in California.
Prior to founding Strategen in 2005, Janice held several senior management positions with PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower), including Vice President of Product Strategy and Vice President of Business Development. During her tenure at PowerLight, Janice led initiatives in product and new market strategies, business development, regulatory affairs, strategic partnerships, investor relations, and customer finance.
Janice holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BS from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Liu has completed more than $8 billion in energy project financings, including renewable energy transactions and tax-efficient ownership structures. At Chase and Credit Suisse, he advised on the acquisition of GE Wind Energy, the financing and sale of California geothermal projects, the structuring of GP-LP flip partnership cogeneration investments and the leverage lease financing of a pump-hydro peaking power plant. Peter worked on projects that were recognized as Institutional Investors’ “Deals of the Year” for innovation in financing execution or regulatory understanding, including the first acquisition of a utility by an independent power producer. As an entrepreneur, Peter is the founder and vice chairman of New Resource Bank, an innovative bank in San Francisco that focuses on the green economy. New Resource Bank has worked with partners that include SunPower and SunRun in implementing new solar financing solutions. Peter also currently serves as an advisor and entrepreneur-in-residence for the California Clean Energy Fund. He was a clean technology advisory board member for the California Public Employees Retirement Systems and the California State Teacher’s Retirement Systems. He co-founded and is vice chairman of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance and currently serves on the boards of the Climate Action Reserve, the Roots of Change Fund and the Christensen Fund. Peter began his career as an engineer at Chevron Corp., and he also served as an air quality regulator at the California Air Resources Board. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BS in Chemical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering. He also received an MA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University.
Mr. Schiller has 30 years of experience implementing domestic and international energy and environmental policies, with a focus on demand-side energy efficiency, renewables and independent power. He currently advises investor-owned utilities, federal and state agencies, as well as a wide range of private companies on developing infrastructures for implementing energy efficiency and climate mitigation infrastructures. He has been a senior manager or CEO of three start-up energy engineering and project management firms, including his own which was sold to a venture capital funded firm. Steve’s career has included senior management, engineering, research and project management roles. He is also an internationally recognized evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) expert, having been responsible for many of the guidelines used in the energy efficiency industry. He is founder and chairman of the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council and a Founding Board Member of the Clean Economy Network. Steve holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a registered Mechanical Engineer in California.
Erik Birkerts is a founding Partner of Evergreen Growth Advisors, a Chicago-based strategy consultancy, and serves as an Advisor to Metrus Energy.
Erik has 20 years of practical, hands-on experience centered on the design, implementation and/or repositioning of go-to-market strategies. Birkerts has been on the senior management teams for two IPOs of venture capital backed companies. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Orion Energy Systems (NASDAQ:OESX) a leading manufacturer of energy efficient lighting systems and renewable technologies. In addition to working with clients in Clean Technology and Energy Efficiency, Erik has also worked with clients as diverse as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Ingersoll Rand, DeVry and numerous private equity and venture capital funded companies.
He is an Advisor to The Clean Energy Trust, a mentor in the Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneurial Mentor Corps, and guest lectures at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Birkerts earned his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BA with honors in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.
Mr. Kenny is a senior manager at SunRun, where he is responsible for business operations related to asset management, metering and monitoring solutions for a portfolio of over 10,000 solar PV projects. Previously, as a director at Metrus Energy, David helped launch a new business dedicated to development and finance of energy efficiency retrofit projects for commercial and industrial customers. Before Metrus, David was an Associate at Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, where he developed distributed generation and utility-scale solar PV projects. David has also held positions at Navigant Consulting and Nexant, where he advised clients in the energy sector on demand side management and renewable resource planning. David holds both a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Schlosberg possesses the unique combination of extensive insurance industry experience and an alternative energy knowledgebase. From 2002–2009, David held a myriad of job functions at Travelers Insurance and The St. Paul Companies, spanning insurance underwriting, reinsurance purchasing, the Lloyd’s of London marketplace and treasury and investor relations. As part of a corporate strategy and market development team, he was responsible for special projects related to energy and environmental underwriting initiatives. While completing his MBA at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on the energy sector, David worked with SunPower Corp. to investigate risk transfer strategies related to the financial performance of residential, commercial and utility solar PV systems. He has a BS in economics from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.