President and CEO, Ygrene Energy Fund, 100 B. St., #210, Santa Rosa, 95401; 877-819-4736; ygrene.usAge: 42
Professional background: Business and technology executive, educator, non-profit leader
Education: Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from University of Washington; MBA from Harvard Business School
Tell us about yourself and your company: As President and CEO of Santa Rosa-based Ygrene Energy Fund, my role is to help the company achieve its goal of expanding access to energy efficiency and renewable energy nationwide. Ygrene’s energy finance programs provide capital for energy upgrades to both residential and commercial property owners at no upfront cost.
This year, we successfully launched Clean Energy Sacramento, a partnership with the city of Sacramento, which is now being extended across Sacramento County, more than tripling the economic and environmental benefits.
I am currently leading Ygrene through its national expansion process, establishing partnerships with seven municipalities in Miami-Dade County, Fla., plus Atlanta, Ga., and other municipalities across the country. Over the next five years, Ygrene is projected to place over $2 billion in clean energy finance into the marketplace, creating over 45,000 jobs and driving massive reductions in greenhouse gasses.
Is there a major accomplishment in the past year or so that you would like to share?: There are two: First, surviving a 2012 U.S. Congressional run. Politics takes real fortitude!
And, second, successfully innovating Ygrene’s novel financing model, allowing us to bring hundreds of millions of dollars of sustainable financing into local communities for energy independence. We are very excited about the potential impact.