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.

John Kinney

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)

Craig Hill

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)

Greg Saunders

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Saunders is a 25-year veteran of the commercial finance industry.  He served as CFO of two publicly traded companies and four private firms in the structured finance, real estate and clean tech industries, the majority of which resulted in significant liquidity events for investors. Mr. Saunders recent experience includes CFO roles at Project Frog, Inc. (modular green buildings), Tioga Energy (commercial solar), Codding Enterprises (real estate and clean tech investment) and Bridger Commercial Funding (CMBS conduit with over $5 billion in securitized commercial mortgages).  Mr. Saunders has degrees from Macalester College and Harvard Business School.

Greg [dot] Saunders [at] CleanFund [dot] com (Email Greg)

James Hamill

Executive Director
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)

Vincent Titolo

Executive DIrector
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)

Laird Cagan

Executive DIrector
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)

Joe Euphrat

Managing Director
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)

Danielle Ticoulat-Bowers

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)


Jason Burnett

Managing Partner
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)

James Lavelle

Since 2008 Mr. Lavelle has served as Chairman and CEO of LightBeam Energy, Inc., an independent power producer of renewable energy in the US, and its subsidiary, LightBeam Electric Company. Mr. Lavelle has served as advisor to the Chancellor of UC Irvine and member of the Advisory Board of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University where he has been honored at and admitted to the University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship IPO Hall of Fame. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Business and Leadership at Dominican University of California and serves on the Steering Committee of Venture Greenhouse. Mr. Lavelle holds a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.