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Pioneers of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) origination, technology, and product development. Meet the most innovative team in the industry.

We’ve mastered the details of property based clean energy finance in order to bring property owners, energy service/equipment providers, lenders, and local governments together to realize projects that are both profitable and green. We’re able to work successfully with this spectrum of interests because our team is comprised of senior contributors from both sides of the public-private spectrum.

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Alice Reeve

Director, Marketing

With 10 years of experience in digital and content marketing, Alice brings creativity and innovation to CleanFund.

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Alice Reeve

Director, Marketing

As Marketing Director, Alice develops marketing and communication programs for CleanFund. Prior to CleanFund, Alice spent 5 years working in public relations and media monitoring. Most recently, Alice worked in content marketing at GoPro and SmartShoot and designed a web-application for Recology customers. Alice holds her both her B.A. and MBA from the University of San Francisco and is certified in Digital Marketing and UX Design through General Assembly.




Michael Yaki

Vice President and Senior Counsel, Policy and Programs

Michael’s PACE law expertise drives new market creation and PACE policy innovations for CleanFund.

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Michael Yaki

Vice President and Senior Counsel, Policy and Programs

Michael has been at the cutting edge of public private partnerships like PACE his entire professional life.  As a former public official – serving as an elected county supervisor and an appointed federal commissioner he brings his unique view from government into the private sector through his consulting practice. Since 2015, he has drafted PACE legislation in over a dozen states and successfully opened new states and new programs throughout the country. Michael received his B.A. from UC Berkeley and his J.D. from the Yale Law School.




Ben Dodge

Director, Channel Management

Ben has extensive hands-on renewable energy experience.

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Ben Dodge

Director, Channel Management

Prior to joining CleanFund, Ben spent three years as a Project Manager at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center where he managed the development, administration and execution of over $9m worth of grant programs. Ben holds a Post-Graduate diploma in Energy Studies from Murdoch University in Australia, and a Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy. Ben is also an active member of the Sierra Club’s Inspiring Connections Outdoors program.




Joe Euphrat

Managing Director

Joe brings 30 years of experience in healthcare finance and real estate to CleanFund.

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Joe Euphrat

Managing Director

Joe worked at E.F. Hutton and Lehman Brothers advising hospitals and health systems on capital planning, strategy, and bond financing and headed the U.S. Western Region healthcare capital markets for JLL and healthcare real-estate for Kaufman Hall. Joe is an Honors Graduate of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a Member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Finance Committee for Marin General Hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area.




Jane Liu

Financial Analysis

Jane’s focus is on securitization, transaction finance, and business analytics and financial models.

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Jane Liu

Financial Analysis

Prior to CleanFund, Jane graduated from University of San Francisco with a master’s in financial Analysis, where she developed expertise in fixed-income and structured finance. Jane received a B.S. in Economics and a post-degree major in finance from the University of Western Ontario. Jane enjoys the rich cultural diversity in the city of San Francisco as well as the outdoor activities around the bay area.




Bonnie Wheatley

Controller

Bonnie is responsible for financial reporting, accounting, cash management, audits and compliance.

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Bonnie Wheatley

Controller

Bonnie has 20 years of experience as either a controller or a manager of financial reporting.  Much of her career was spent in the banking industry at publicly traded companies.  She is most interested in bringing order and stability to companies experiencing change due to rapid growth or transitioning from privately held to publicly traded.  Bonnie was a CPA at PwC, and received a bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College and a master’s from the University of Virginia.




Brandon Deno

Vice President, Solar Business Development

Brandon has been active in the solar PV industry for more than ten years.

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Brandon Deno

Vice President, Solar Business Development

Brandon’s deep experience in the solar industry ranges from site design and rooftop installation to channel development and distribution to overseas panel manufacturing. In his time in the solar industry, Brandon has personally originated more than 100 MW of module and system sales. Prior to joining the solar industry, he spent nine years developing various vertical markets for an energy efficient pre-engineered building system. Brandon holds a B.S. in Management with a Minor in Marketing from Purdue University.




Brendan Neal

Senior Associate, Revenue Operations

Brendan is passionate about sustainability and believes in working towards creating a clean future.

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Brendan Neal

Senior Associate, Revenue Operations

Brendan has a deep passion for sustainability and renewable energy and believes that working toward a cleaner future is paramount to our continued growth and development. Prior to joining CleanFund, Brendan served as Solar Project Associate at RevoluSun where he worked in sales and operational support, ensuring that customers were well taken care of throughout the solar installation process. Brendan holds a B.A. degree and a minor in Computer Science from Oberlin College.




Chris Robbins

Managing Director

Chris is responsible for driving revenue growth and partner development.

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Chris Robbins

Managing Director

Chris has over 28 years of experience in the commercial real estate, structured finance and renewable energy sectors focusing on building origination platforms, capital deployment and business development. He is an active member of various industry associations and groups, including serving seven years on the Board of Directors of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter in addition to serving on the Energy and Environment Committee, BOMA San Francisco and the real estate and development council for City of Hope.




Craig Hill

Executive Director, Program and Government Relations

Craig was involved in the creation of PACE in 2008 with his advisory work to the City of Berkeley (where it all began).

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Craig Hill

Executive Director, Program and Government Relations

Through his 20+ years of public finance and policy work in California and a national consulting practice on energy finance, he has been recognized as a leader in the development of renewable and energy efficiency finance. Mr. Hill also manages one of the most successful financial advisory firms in California (NHA Advisors) and advises public agencies with access to the capital markets. He has both a Managerial Economics and Agricultural Economics degree from the University of California at Davis.




Greg Saunders

Chief Executive Officer

Greg Saunders is the CEO of CleanFund with 30 years of executive leadership experience.

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Greg Saunders

Chief Executive Officer

Greg holds 30 years of executive leadership experience in commercial real estate, renewable energy, and finance. Prior to CleanFund, Greg served as CFO of two publicly-traded financial services companies, helping to achieve mergers for each, and as CFO of four private firms: Project Frog, Inc, Tioga Energy, Codding Enterprises, and Bridger Commercial Funding. Greg holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.




Danny Roberts

Manager, Originations

Danny’s focus is on cultivating relationships, conducting market research, and originating deals.

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Danny Roberts

Manager, Originations

Danny comes from a background in business development and marketing. Prior to CleanFund, Danny worked on the marketing team at NextGen Climate in San Francisco, and as an ambassador for Cleantech Open – the world’s largest cleantech accelerator program. Before moving to San Francisco in the fall of 2015, Danny spent 3 years in Tel Aviv growing the business development and marketing departments for an online startup. Danny holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.




Frank Slaughter

Regional Managing Director, Texas

As Regional Managing Director, Frank to spearheads business development in Texas.

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Frank Slaughter

Regional Managing Director, Texas

Frank has deep expertise in commercial real estate property tax consulting, as well as commercial and personal property valuation in all 50 states. Frank has experience with all asset classes, but has focused on the Hospitality Industry for the past 12 years. Prior to his work in the commercial real estate industry, Frank served 7 ½ years in the United States Marine Corps, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. Frank holds his degree from American Intercontinental University.




John Kinney

Founder and Executive Chairman

John has been CEO for three companies nationally recognized for their innovation and fast growth.

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John Kinney

Founder and Executive Chairman

John has extensive, executive leadership experience from serving as CEO for three companies: Greenline Industries, Club One, and ClubSource. In addition, John serves on several public and private boards. John’s passion for improving our environment includes leadership positions with Nature Bridge, the Presidio Graduate School, and the Young President’s Organization’s Sustainability Council. John received a B.A. in Human Biology, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering, and MBA degrees from Stanford University.




Jon Spelke

Managing Director, Southern California

Jon is responsible for business development in Southern California.

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Jon Spelke

Managing Director, Southern California

Jon has over 25 years of experience in the Southern California real estate industry. Jon has been a principal/sponsor at top-tier industry-leading firms such as Clarion Partners, Lennar Urban, OneWest Bank, CA Student Living and Hillman Properties. Jon is from Boston and received his Business/Accounting undergraduate degree at Northeastern University, has passed the California CPA exam and is licensed as a Broker in California. He is also a member of ULI, BIA, NAIOP and ICSC.




Joshua Kagan

Managing Director

Joshua’s focus is on building relationships with owners and expanding CleanFund’s channel partner network.

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Joshua Kagan

Managing Director

Prior to joining CleanFund, Joshua ran the global energy efficiency division of Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room which catalyzed private investment into energy efficiency projects worldwide. Joshua has worked with cleantech venture capital firm Atlas Capital and Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development. Joshua’s consulting work includes clients such as Gerson Lehman Group and Greentech Media. Joshua holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.




Karen Kauh

Senior Underwriter

Karen has over twenty-five years of experience in banking and commercial real estate finance.

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Karen Kauh

Senior Underwriter

Karen has originated real estate loans in excess of $1 billion in over 200 separate transactions, including both long-term mortgages and construction loans. Karen began her banking career with First Interstate Bank’s internal audit department where she managed internal audit engagements for multiple banking functions. She also held senior lending positions at Bridger Commercial Funding, Wells Fargo Bank, and First Interstate Bank and is a licensed CPA in the State of California. Karen holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.




Lucas Nagy

Vice President, Business Development, Southern California

Lucas brings fifteen years of experience in cleantech and real estate to his role at CleanFund.

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Lucas Nagy

Vice President, Business Development, Southern California

Lucas focuses on delivering C-PACE financing to projects through commercial property owners and renewable energy EPCs. Previously, Lucas spent seven years with PFMG Solar. At PFMG Lucas lead C&I business development efforts and later ran project finance where he raised more than $300 million to fund solar energy projects. Lucas holds a California General Contractors Class-B License and a C-46 Solar License. He has an MBA in Finance from ESADE in Barcelona, Spain and a BS from the University of Richmond with majors in Business and Environmental Studies.




Mary Berbae

Operations & HR Manager

Since joining CleanFund in 2014, Mary continues to create a positive and vibrant work environment.

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Mary Berbae

Operations & HR Manager

Mary spent over a decade in healthcare administration in executive assistant and office management roles for several large hospital systems in Southern California (Western Medical Center and Sisters of St. Joseph) and, for four years, served as the Operations Manager for Mission Hospital’s Out-Patient Rehab & Sports & Wellness Center, serving and providing care to over 130+ patients per day. Before joining CleanFund, Mary lived in Chang Mai, Thailand for over 12 years while volunteering for several non-profits in the local community.




David Boswell

Senior Underwriter

David focuses on underwriting projects, including all aspects of information collection and analysis.

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David Boswell

Senior Underwriter

David has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate finance and banking, including 10-plus years in a supervisory capacity. David worked over 20 years in the Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (“CMBS”) industry where he performed underwriting for all commercial real estate property types, and analyzed post-origination transactional requests such as loan assumptions, modifications, property alterations, major leases, etc. David holds a B.B.A. – Finance degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.




Matt Mustaro

Vice President, Debt Capital Markets

Matt facilitates origination, underwriting, and approval of CleanFund’s PACE financial transactions.

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Matt Mustaro

Vice President, Debt Capital Markets

Matt comes from a background in banking and commercial real estate finance. Previously, Matt has worked as independent real estate contractor, at Beneficial State Bank, heading the real estate income property lending division; Umpqua Bank as a underwriting team lead in income property lending, and Luther Burbank Savings in Special Assets completing modifications, forbearances, and restructures. Matt holds a B.S. in Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis, and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.




Matthew George

Senior Manager, Originations

Matt brings extensive experience in the commercial mortgage broker industry to CleanFund.

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Matthew George

Senior Manager, Originations

Prior to joining the CleanFund team, Matt worked for several firms and representing over a dozen life insurance companies. In addition, Matt has facilitated multi-family debt through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and regional banks. Matt previously worked for Washington Trust Bank as Senior Credit Analyst and as an Underwriter with GE Capital. Matt has a B.A. Business Administration (Real Estate and Finance Major) from Washington State University. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, golf, mountain biking and hiking.




Megan Byrn

Senior Manager, Originations

Megan brings extensive commercial solar financing experience to her role as Senior Manager of Originations.

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Megan Byrn

Senior Manager, Originations

Prior to joining CleanFund, Megan spent four years as a Director of Strategic Operations at Wiser Capital where she originated new commercial solar investments and would vet project viability. Working with her sales team, end clients, installers and investors, she grew the west coast pipeline from zero to over $80MM in 3 yrs. Megan holds a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School, UC Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics and Environmental Policy from UC Davis.




Priyank “Paris” Bhakta

Underwriter

Paris is a member of the credit team helping with structuring and underwriting CleanFund’s transactions.

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Priyank “Paris” Bhakta

Underwriter

Most recently, Paris worked for Accenture helping structure complex consulting and outsourcing deals as part of the business development process. Paris worked at Wells Fargo in the Commercial Real Estate group and prior to that, Paris joined the $180bn State of Florida pension fund working in the Alternative Investments group supporting senior portfolio managers as an intern for one year while obtaining his Master’s degree. Paris graduated with his Bachelor and Master of Science in Finance degrees from Florida State University in 2014.




Renee Pifer

Manager, Servicing & Asset Compliance

Renee is responsible for all of CleanFund’s the post-closing functions and assist in structuring disbursements.

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Renee Pifer

Manager, Servicing & Asset Compliance

As the Manager of CleanFund’s Servicing & Asset Compliance, Renee is responsible for all of the post-closing functions and assist in structuring disbursements. She has an extensive commercial and residential real estate background. Renee holds a BAA from Sacramento State University.




Susan Lank

Paralegal

Susan is CleanFund’s Paralegal, assisting Originations, Credit Administration and Transaction Counsel.

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Susan Lank

Paralegal

As a Paralegal at CleanFund, Susan brings 15+ years experience in finance, commercial real estate and federal legal/contracts administration. Her experience includes Contracts Administrator for Rising Sun Solar, Business/Contracts Analyst for Regions Financial, Commercial R.E. Paralegal for AEGON, Strategic Sourcing consultant for BBVA Compass Bank, and Federal Contracts Specialist for the VA. Susan received her B.S. Degree in Political Science and Business Administration in 2006 from Troy University.




Tom Neukranz

Head of Capital Markets

Tom heads strategic financing arrangements with institutional funding partners.

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Tom Neukranz

Head of Capital Markets

As Head of Capital Markets, Tom’s primary focus is to secure one or more large loan funding partners. With an impressive background in institutional finance (Aegon, Goldman Sachs, ING, JP Morgan), Tom is well suited to identify and secure strategic financing arrangements with insurance companies, pension firms, asset managers and others.




Vanessa Gerber

Associate, Marketing

Vanessa is committed to driving business through both traditional and digital marketing channels.

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Vanessa Gerber

Associate, Marketing

As part of CleanFund’s marketing team, Vanessa communicates the value of C-PACE financing to CleanFund’s existing and prospective customers and partners. Prior to joining CleanFund Vanessa developed a strong interdisciplinary foundation in energy policy and sustainable design, and she is currently active in clean energy professional networks in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.




Wendy Sadeh

Vice President, Technology Development

Wendy focuses on the evolution of the C-PACE industry through custom applications and technology.

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Wendy Sadeh

Vice President, Technology Development

Wendy brings extensive management and programming expertise along with a commercial real estate background to CleanFund. Most recently she was doing a deep dive into Ruby programming while incubating a project at Pivotal Labs. Wendy was also head of the technology at a leading commercial real estate company where she developed custom applications and state of the art networks. Wendy holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison.




Woolsey McKernon

Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer

Woolsey is responsible for driving sales growth, marketing execution, and product excellence.

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Woolsey McKernon

Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer

Woolsey has an extensive background in the global real estate industry including: development, construction, structured finance, technology, and energy efficiency. Prior to joining CleanFund, Woolsey served as SVP of Corporate Development for SCIenergy, SVP of Development for Singapore-based WIRE, and was COO of Webcor Builder’s real estate development arm. Woolsey holds a MSc in Environmental Management from National University of Singapore and a B.A. degree from the University of Vermont.




Zhou Jiang

Director, Financial Analysis

Zhou focuses on C-PACE securitization, corporate FP&A, sales analysis, and structuring projects.

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Zhou Jiang

Director, Financial Analysis

Zhou has extensive experience in startup and finance roles, working directly with CEO/CFOs, and with different functional teams. Prior to joining CleanFund, Zhou served as Senior Analyst of Corporate Development for E la Carte, supported data product development and analysis efforts at Haver Analytics, and was an Analyst Intern at Dune Real Estate Partners and Macquarie Capital, in the Telecom, Media, Entertainment, and Technology group. Zhou holds a B.S. in Finance and Economic Theory from the NYU Stern School of Business.




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