We're a Team.
A team that's all about being both profitable and green. And as your experts in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for commercial properties, we help structure projects that win all around.
We've mastered the details of property tax-based clean energy finance in order to bring property owners, energy service/equipment providers, mortgage lenders, and local governments together to realize projects that are profitable and green. We're able to work successfully with this spectrum of interests because our team itself is comprised of senior contributors from both sides of the public-private spectrum.
Chief Executive Officer
John has extensive leadership experience from serving as CEO for three Inc. 500 companies. These include Club One, a fitness club company he grew to over 100 locations and over 1,000 employees, and Greenline Industries, a biodiesel company. Most recently John was the Managing Director for Clean Energy at Imperial Capital, and also has experience with Bain and Company and Bessemer Venture Partners. John received a B.A. in Human Biology, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering, and MBA degrees from Stanford University.
john [dot] kinney [at] cleanfund [dot] com (Email John)
Jason is the founder of Burnett EcoEnergy and Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Previously, Jason was the Associate Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he coordinated energy and climate change policy across the EPA and led the development of greenhouse gases regulations. Jason has also worked for a brokerage and consulting firm, Evolution Markets, where he assisted companies and governments with the carbon market. Jason holds a Master of Arts in Earth Systems and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University, and is a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
jason [dot] burnett [at] cleanfund [dot] com (Email Jason)
Managing Partner, Program Development and Government Relations
Craig is one of the foremost authorities on PACE finance and has several decades' experience in municipal finance. In his role as financial advisor to the city of Berkeley, he was part of the team that originated the financial structure for PACE in 2008. He is an advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy on enabling PACE programs nationwide. Craig is a founder of Northcross, Hill & Ach, Inc., a financial advisory firm to California municipalities. He received B.S. degrees in Managerial Economics and Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis.
craig [dot] hill [at] cleanfund [dot] com (Email Craig)
Associate and Office Manager
Most recently Danielle has been responsible for day-to-day operations and project management at Burnett EcoEnergy, a start-up providing financing for commercial energy efficiency retrofits. Danielle has previous experience in the renewables sector, driving the due diligence, development and permitting of turnkey biodiesel refineries. Danielle has worked in Political Campaign Management and holds a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College.
danielle [at] cleanfund [dot] com (Email Danielle)
Managing Partner, Finance, CFO
Jud has been a CFO for over 20 years with a focus on early stage companies. Operating experience includes both public and private companies, many venture capital financed. Experience includes IPO and M&A and transactions. Companies include Hybrid Networks, Plexus Computers, Onyx Systems and Dolby Laboratories. Fortune 500 experience includes Arcata National and Boise Cascade. Jud received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Washington. Past affiliations include Financial Executives International, Silicon Valley Chapter.
jud [dot] goldsmith [at] cleanfund [dot] com (Email Jud)
Laird Cagan has a distinguished 30 year history of creative finance. He has been investing in high growth companies for over 20 years and specifically in renewable energy and alternative energy for 10 years. He is the Founder/Managing Director of Cagan McAfee Capital Partners and Executive Chairman of Blue Earth, a company focused on energy efficiency retrofits as well as renewable energy development and construction/installation. He began his career at Goldman, Sachs and then Drexel Burnham Lambert in the M&A departments where he closed $15 billion in transactions. He holds BS and MS degrees in Engineering as well as an MBA, all from Stanford University.
laird [dot] cagan [at] cleanfund [dot] com (Email Laird)
Vincent has over forty years of domestic and international executive experience in both the corporate and investment sectors. Vincent has managed a VC fund, EuroUS Ventures, he was the CEO of leverage buyout equity fund and Investment Banking firm, Menke Titolo Capital Corp., and he was the Senior VP and CFO of three NYSE companies – Ampex Corp., Tymshare Inc., & Shaklee Corp. Vincent has a BS Degree from Fordham University, New York.
vincent [dot] titolo [at] cleanfund [dot] com (Email Vincent)
Joe has been in the investment banking and real estate business for over 20 years. While at Lehman Brothers and Prudential Securities, he structured over $8 billion in financings for healthcare clients in the US. Most recently, Joe was Managing Director of Capital Markets for Jones Lang LaSalle and founder of Duke Healthcare Capital. He has advised on the structuring and sale of bonds, capital strategy and on overall real estate strategy for clients. Joe has been a guest lecturer at Stanford Business School and the USC School of Public & Health Policy and is an Honors Graduate of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Joe [dot] Euphrat [at] CleanFund [dot] com (Email Joe)
James has extensive experience working in the public finance sector including the evolution of PACE programs. This includes leading teams for two of the largest economic development bond issuers in the country, the Public Finance Authority and the California Statewide Communities Development Authority. In addition, James served as General Counsel to U.S. Communities, a nationwide government cooperative purchasing program. James received a BA in Political Science from UC Riverside, and JD from Whittier Law School.
James [dot] Hamill [at] CleanFund [dot] com (Email James)
Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Danielle has spent much of the past decade in the field of education, striving to develop the minds and self-worth of children from toddlerhood through high school. Her previous experience also includes a wide range of event planning and fundraising work. She has been involved with many charities including The Alzheimer’s Association, where she chaired two committees and Project Open Hand and Yuppie Friday, where she organized silent auctions for their annual events. Danielle studied at the University of Southern California and received her B.A. from Antioch University in Los Angeles.
Danielle [dot] Fox@cleanfund [dot] com [at] CleanFund [dot] com (Email Danielle)