Board of Directors and Advisory Boards

 

Board of Directors

Bruce Dines

Bruce works for Liberty Global, where he manages technology investments for their corporate venture fund. Bruce has helped found several companies and led businesses from concept and model development, through capital formation, revenue generation and team-building phases. Bruce has also worked at several corporations such as comCables as President, Northstar Exchange as COO (sold to Construction Software Technologies in 2007), EHPT as President (sold to Ericsson in 2002), and Ericsson Mobile Communications as Division President. Bruce is a 5th generation native of Colorado, with roots going back to the Homestead Act in Colorado Territory.

Dr. John Trefny

John served at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) for 29 years, beginning as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 1977 and culminating in his appointment as CSM’s 15th President in 2000. Prior to this appointment, John served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at CSM. John is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Red Rocks Community College Foundation, WorldDenver, and the Mobile Science Show Foundation. He previously served on the Advisory Board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Boards of the Golden Civic Foundation and Community First Foundation, and the Governing Board of the Colorado Community College Systems.

Kamal Ali

Kamal serves as the CEO of BBVA in New Mexico. Kamal has been with BBVA since 1995 when he started his banking career in Birmingham, AL. He was transferred to Albuquerque, NM in the summer of 2000 and has been serving in his current role as CEO since 2014. Kamal received his Masters of Business Administration from Jacksonville State University in 1992. He also received two Bachelor's degrees in Finance and Economics in 1990 from the Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL. Kamal serves as a board member on many not-for-profit organizations.

Michele Weaver

Michele is a Rural Development Specialist at Rural Community Assistance Corporation(RCAC), a non-profit organization that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals. Michele currently supports self-help housing agencies in Utah and California through direct technical and management assistance. In addition, she works with the economic development department of RCAC, training and facilitating capacity development and financial assistance in the western region. She received her Bachelors of Science in Finance from the University of Utah and serves on various boards and committees including the Utah Commission on Housing Affordability.

Ravi Malhotra

Ravi is an experienced engineer and social entrepreneur who has established a variety of enterprises in India, Africa and the US with an emphasis on sustainable technologies. He has led both award-winning research & development efforts and successful new product launches. Ravi holds a Bachelor's in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Master’s in both Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, he has led ICAST in its programs that have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and businesses with technical assistance, fundraising, and marketing.

Tara Rollins

Tara has been the Executive Director at the Utah Housing Coalition in Salt Lake City since 2004. The Utah Housing Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the increase of accessible and affordable housing throughout the state. Some of their methods include educating the community on matters of housing and finance, providing a network of support for professionals in the housing industry, and working with influencers and decision-makers in the non-profit, for-profit, and public sectors.

Thom Amdur

Thom is the Executive Director of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA). He has in-depth knowledge of both association management as well as tax credit and real estate development.  Previously, Thom was Executive Vice President & Associate Publisher of Tax Credit Advisor for Dworbell, Inc. He has also served for a number of additional organizations, including the National Council of Housing Market Analysts, Historic Preservation Development Council, New Markets Tax Credit Council, Council for Energy Friendly Affordable Housing, Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, and DC Preservation League.

Howard Geller

Howard Geller is former Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a public interest venture he founded in 2001. Based in Boulder, CO, SWEEP promotes policies and programs to advance energy efficiency in a six-state region that includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Howard currently acts as a consultant for SWEEP activities. Dr. Geller received his PhD in Energy Policy from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2002. He holds a Masters degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.

Tony Hernandez

Tony is a highly-qualified executive with more than 26 years of experience in policy development, housing and community development investment, public relations, strategic communication, business process improvement, and legislative and government relations. As an Obama-appointee, he recently finished serving as the Administrator of Rural Housing Service at USDA. In that position he led and managed the administration of RHS’s $28.7 billion annual budget to support multifamily, single family, and community facilities development programs. He also oversaw 611 staff dedicated to improving the quality of lives of people in rural America.

Brendt Rusten

Brendt is a Partner and Senior Vice President at Dominium Communities, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative affordable housing development and management companies. Mr. Rusten has been actively involved in multifamily acquisition, development and management for more than 25 years. He began his career managing a portfolio of multifamily units for a Midwest development and management firm. He is also a founding contributor to the Dominium Charitable Partners Fund which contributes to housing and social service organizations in the communities where Dominium operates.

 
 

Advisory Board

Debbie Campbell

Debbie Campbell is a Executive Vice President of Originations and leads X-Caliber’s Affordable Housing Solutions. Ms. Campbell was a Co-Founder and SVP of Community Housing Capital, a national CDFI loan fund, where she helped spearhead the company’s loan platforms to finance the development and preservation of affordable housing communities. Before joining CHC, she founded Salisbury Neighborhood Housing, which became one of the most successful and innovative NeighborWorks organizations of its size in the U. S. Debbie has been a recipient of Maryland’s Innovators of the Year and named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for her accomplishments in affordable housing and is a 2011 graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s Achieving Excellence in Community Development executive education program.

Jeff Cunningham

Jeffrey is a Partner at RubinBrown LLP with almost 30 years of experience in the real estate and housing industry. Jeff specializes in providing assurance and consulting services to clients in the real estate industry. At RubinBrown, Jeffrey provides expertise in low-income housing and tax credits, multifamily financing, nonprofit entities, and state housing finance authorities. Jeff also has expert knowledge concerning HUD-insured financing and loans, developers, and public housing authorities. Currently, Jeff is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), the Housing Colorado Conference Planning Committee, and Colorado's Society of CPAs. Jeff was also Vice-Chair of the Northern Michigan Chapter of the Michigan Association of CPAs.

Jerry Tinianow

Jerry is the City of Denver’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. He coordinates the efforts of all city agencies and their 11,000 employees in achieving the City’s 2020 Sustainability Goals. Jerry previously served as the Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus. Prior to his service at in Columbus, Jerry was the Ohio Executive Director of the National Audubon Society, the nation’s premier bird conservation organization. An attorney by trade, Jerry practiced as a commercial trial attorney representing businesses of all sizes for over 20 years, and was a partner in two of Ohio’s largest law firms. Jerry received his undergraduate and law degrees from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Joshua Smith

Joshua is the Vice President  and Commercial Loan Officer for Washington Federal Bank. Josh graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in finance in 1996. His career began in the mutual fund industry where it took him from Denver, to Boston, and overseas. Returning to the Western US in 2005, Josh moved to Albuquerque with his wife and child in 2007, beginning his career in banking. He is now a commercial loan officer specializing in multifamily, retail, and other commercial real estate properties. Josh sits on the Executive Management Committee of the Urban Land Institute NM, and the Board of Directors of the Apartment Association of New Mexico, holding the position of Treasurer in both organizations.

Kerry O’Neill

As CEO of Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Kerry brings her experience with the kinds of institutional challenges – and opportunities – associated with clean energy investing for our communities that need it most. Kerry has been beyond fortunate to work with the outstanding Connecticut Green Bank team to deploy award winning products for low-to-moderate income communities – and is thrilled to be working with the team that has spun out into Inclusive Prosperity Capital to bring these products to a broader market. Kerry’s favorite quote is “Be the change you wish to see in the world” and can’t believe she has the good fortune to come to work every day and do just that, showing her kids it really is possible.

Shelley Marquez

Shelley Marquez is a Senior Vice President and Community Development Manager at Wells Fargo, where she leads programs designed to support economic development initiatives related to affordable housing, financial education, workforce development and small business success across 16 states. Marquez has 32 years of experience in financial services and has spent the last 22 years with Wells Fargo. Prior to her current position, Shelly was part of Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Group where she developed extensive lending experience. She also currently serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas Community Development Advisory Council. 

Trish Rogers

Trish serves as Chief Legal Counsel for Moye White represents domestic and international companies in the planning, implementation, and execution of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and private equity/venture capital financings. With an extensive background in commercial lending, Trish has represented banks and non-banking institutions from U.S. and overseas in debt financing transactions. She has in-depth experience with private equity and venture capital funds and assists with fund formation, offering document preparation, tax, securities, and regulatory compliance issues. Prior to joining Moye White, Trish was a partner at McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP.

Tony Hernandez

Tony is a highly-qualified executive with more than 26 years of experience in policy development, housing and community development investment, public relations, strategic communication, business process improvement, and legislative and government relations. As an Obama-appointee, he recently finished serving as the Administrator of Rural Housing Service at USDA. In that position he led and managed the administration of RHS’s $28.7 billion annual budget to support multifamily, single family, and community facilities development programs. He also oversaw 611 staff dedicated to improving the quality of lives of people in rural America.

Narasimha D. Rao

Dr. Narasimha D. Rao's research examines the relationship between energy systems, human development and climate change. He is a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report. He received the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2015-2019) for a project entitled Decent Living Energy -energy and emissions thresholds for providing decent living standards for all. His research interests include studying equity in energy transitions, and the impacts of climate change and its mitigation on society. His methods include household energy modeling, econometrics, input-output, and policy analysis.

Solar Advisory Board

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Andrew Humphrey

Andrew has over 13 years of experience in the electrical engineering and construction industry. Andrew’s expertise includes the electrical design of substations, power plants, water and wastewater treatment plants, institutional facilities, commercial buildings, and casinos. He also has extensive knowledge of the National Electric Code. Prior to founding Andrew Humphrey Engineering, LLC, Andrew was a project manager at a highly regarded electrical engineering consulting firm where he supervised projects ranging in size between 30 and 90 million dollars. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and majored in Managerial Studies at Rice University. He also earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Brendt Rusten

Brendt is a Partner and Senior Vice President at Dominium Communities, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative affordable housing development and management companies. Mr. Rusten has been actively involved in multifamily acquisition, development and management for more than 25 years. He began his career managing a portfolio of multifamily units for a Midwest development and management firm. He is also a founding contributor to the Dominium Charitable Partners Fund which contributes to housing and social service organizations in the communities where Dominium operates.

Jared Leader

Jared is in the Advisory Services group at SEPA (Smart Electric Power Alliance). Jared is the staff lead for SEPA’s Microgrid Working Group and co-leads SEPA’s consulting engagement with the D.C. Public Service Commission. Prior to joining SEPA, Jared spent three years as a consultant at Arcadis US. Jared was responsible for the design, implementation, and management of several environmental programs for both municipal and commercial clients in the energy and water sectors. Jared earned his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia and his MS in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University.

J.W. Postal

J.W. is the founder of Nikola Power, and the co-founder of Main Street Power. While at Main Street Power, J.W. spearheaded the first combined New Market and Investment Tax Credit portfolio in the country. J.W. has also served as an executive, CDO, and COO with Milender White Construction, SunShare, and Clean Energy Collective respectively. Prior to his work in solar, J.W. had a successful 13-year career in the investment management business with A.G. Edwards and his own fiduciary investment advisory firm. J.W. is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has a Master in Public Policy degree from Georgetown University. He currently serves on the board of the Colorado Solar & Storage Association (COSSA), Solar Electric Light Fund, and Conservation Colorado.

Kerry O’Neill

As CEO of Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Kerry brings her experience with the kinds of institutional challenges – and opportunities – associated with clean energy investing for our communities that need it most. Kerry has been beyond fortunate to work with the outstanding Connecticut Green Bank team to deploy award winning products for low-to-moderate income communities – and is thrilled to be working with the team that has spun out into Inclusive Prosperity Capital to bring these products to a broader market. Kerry’s favorite quote is “Be the change you wish to see in the world” and can’t believe she has the good fortune to come to work every day and do just that, showing her kids it really is possible.

Michelle Zimmerman

Michelle Zimmerman is the Head of US Development for Lightrock Power. She is responsible for project development including site acquisition, entitlements, community engagement, utility communications and market strategy. Michelle has served as Senior Project Manager for utility and community scale solar development in the Mountain West for five years. From 2007-2014, Michelle was the VP of Operations at a residential and commercial scale solar installation company where she focused on power purchase agreement negotiations and solar development for local governments. Before working in the solar industry, Michelle was the executive director of two nonprofit organizations focused on land conservation. Zimmerman earned an Executive MBA from the Daniel’s College of Business at the University of Denver in March of 2016.

Roger Freeman

Roger is an energy and environmental lawyer active in a variety of renewable energy and transportation projects and groups throughout the Rocky Mountain West and California. Mr. Freeman uses his experience and understanding to help expedite projects and creatively solve legal constraints to the development of renewable and advanced transportation projects. He left his practice at a Denver based firm in 2016 to establish a solo practice focused on advancing renewable energy, sustainability and related efforts in Colorado and beyond. He is the Colorado Solar and Storage Association Vice-Chair and integrally involved in the advancement of solar and providing legal services to this industry.

Todd Guerrero

As chair of Kutak Rock’s energy group, Todd brings together the firm’s deep energy experience and industry expertise to help clients efficiently meet their business objectives. Todd concentrates his practice on the representation of energy companies and utilities in a range of business and regulatory matters, including project development, acquisitions, power purchase agreements, related contractual matters, large energy facility permitting matters, contested cases,
and appeals.

Tom Konrad

Tom is a portfolio manager, financial analyst, and freelance writer specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is currently working to create what he believes to be the first dividend income oriented green mutual fund, based on a strategy, the Green Global Equity Income Portfolio, which he has been managing since December 2013. Tom is the Editor at AltEnergyStocks.com. and volunteers as the Chair of the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission. Tom is a runner and a woodworker, and is currently using those woodworking skills to renovate (and upgrade the energy performance) of the 1930 farmhouse he lives in with his wife.

DOE VHE Advisory Board

Antonio Bouza

Antonio M. Bouza is a Technology Manager with U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). He has been with DOE for over twenty years as a technology and project manager including several rulemakings with respect to energy efficiency standards. Before joining DOE, he was senior engineer with EG&G Technical Services and worked for Environmental Research and Development Corp performing emissions testing on alternative fuel vehicles. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Brendt Rusten

Brendt is a Partner and Senior Vice President at Dominium Communities, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative affordable housing development and management companies. Mr. Rusten has been actively involved in multifamily acquisition, development and management for more than 25 years. He began his career managing a portfolio of multifamily units for a Midwest development and management firm. He is also a founding contributor to the Dominium Charitable Partners Fund which contributes to housing and social service organizations in the communities where Dominium operates.

Kevin Liddy

Kevin is an Advisor at Regulator Group, LLC, a private equity firm based in St. Louis.  Prior experience includes 20 years with IBM, where he was the Senior International Economist for 8 years and he ran IBM’s Venture Capital fund for 10 years.  He also worked at Morgan Stanley for 5 years in various capacities.  In addition, he served our nation as a naval officer for 5 years.  Kevin owns multifamily apartment buildings in St. Louis, one of which has been the beneficiary of ICAST’s energy improvement programs, where significant savings has been realized for the tenants.  Kevin graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Economics, New York University Stern School of Business with an MBA in Finance and New York University School of Arts and Science with a M.A. in Economics.

Kevin Steinke

Kevin has over 27 years in the HVAC/R & Hydronics industry. He has spent time as part owner in a Manufacturer Representative agency and most recently has worked as a regional sales manager for manufacturing covering the western United States & Canada. From understanding the challenges of product development for manufacturing, to the hurdles of selecting, applying and specifying equipment with the engineering community, all the way to navigating installation hurdles as well as success with the installing mechanical contractor base, Kevin has a complete understanding for each facet of the HVAC industry. These skills have allowed Kevin to generate quick successes and find efficient and profitable tactics to sell all the way through to the contractor and ultimately the consumer.

Moncef Krarti

Moncef Krarti, Professor, Associate Chair, and Director, Building Systems Program, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado, has a vast experience in designing, testing, and assessing innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies applied to buildings. Prof. Krarti has published over 200 technical journals and handbook chapters in various fields related to energy efficiency and energy conservation. Dr. Krarti has an extensive experience in promoting building energy efficiency technologies and policies overseas, including the development of building energy codes and energy efficiency training programs in several countries, including Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Egypt and collaborative research with over ten countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.

Alex Oliver

Alex is owner of Oliver Properties, a multifamily and commercial property development and management company. Since 2009 they have completed renovations and redevelopment of over 20 properties, including 450 apartments. He has extensive experience overseeing projects on building systems including mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, fire monitoring, roofing, etc, as well as operations of properties that impact resident and tenant usability, affordability, and convenience. He brings knowledge that is valuable to management companies, construction managers, contractors, property owners, residents, and communities, when it comes to properly implementing capital improvement projects and allocating budgets in the best places that benefits all stakeholders.

Washington, D.C. Advisory Board

Ana Van Balen

Ana  serves as the District’s first Affordable Housing Preservation Officer. In this role, she works with housing stakeholders, tenants, owners of affordable housing, and real estate and housing advocates to identify and help preserve affordable housing for low-income families in the District. She  has over 18 years of experience working with families and communities primarily in the Washington, DC metro area. Her areas of expertise involve economic development and revitalization, community development, and social programming for vulnerable and marginalized youth and families. Ana holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in community development and social policy.

Andrew Zaleski

Andrew serves as Senior Asset Manager for Somerset, overseeing the portfolio’s operations and financial performance. Prior to joining Somerset in 2015, he performed acquisition, project and asset management responsibilities for the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, MD, Greystar Real Estate Advisors, and Sentinel Real Estate Corporation. He brings extensive knowledge managing both affordable housing and market-rate multifamily investments from pre-acquisition through disposition including new development, asset repositioning, and condominium conversions. Andrew received a Master of Science in Real Estate from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Long Island University.

Anya Schoolman

Anya has worked for decades on environmental projects and policy up and down the Western Hemisphere. This work has helped her grapple with the issue of sustainable development and how to make complex issues relevant to the community. Solar United Neighbors got its start when her son Walter asked, “Mom, can we go solar?” In her role as Executive Director, Anya has been instrumental in the passage of landmark solar legislation and regulation. In April 2014, the White House selected Anya as one of 10 White House Champions of Change for Solar Deployment for her groundbreaking work to deploy solar in the National Capital Region.

Krista Egger

Krista is vice president of national initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners. With more than 15 years of experience leading energy efficiency and healthy housing initiatives with affordable housing stakeholders, Krista manages Enterprise’s national sustainability efforts. She leverages Enterprise’s Green Communities platform, climate disaster response work and cultural resilience programming to deploy equitable climate resilience solutions across the country. Krista serves on the Network for Energy, Water and Health in Affordable Buildings (NEWAHB) Advisory Council, Oberlin EnviroAlums Steering Committee, and the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Board of Directors.

Lindsey Falasca

Lindsey is the Director of the District of Columbia’s High-Performance Building Hub. The Hub provides critical hands-on assistance to the local real estate community and building industry professionals as they work to improve their building’s performance and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Building Energy Performance Standard. Previously she was a program manager for private sector engagement at IMT. Prior to joining IMT, she spent over a decade working as a commercial architect in and around the District of Columbia, working on a variety of building typologies: mixed-use commercial and multifamily housing, market-rate and affordable. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in architecture from the University of Maryland and master’s degrees in both architecture and sustainable design from the Catholic University of America.

Ginger Rumph

Ginger is the founding executive director of the Douglass Community Land Trust, a community-driven enterprise to help create a more inclusive and equitable District of Columbia by holding land in trust and leasing it for homeownership and rental housing as well as small, local business at reduced cost, safeguarding permanent affordability. Ginger also serves as the executive director of City First Homes, the organization incubating the Douglass CLT. As vice president and COO of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED) in the District of Columbia, she engaged in all facets of the organization’s policy, advocacy, and capacity building activities, in addition to leading fundraising and communications and providing operational oversight and support. She holds a Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management and a Master of Social Work, Community Organizing, from the University of Pittsburgh.

Stephen Glaude

Stephen “Steve” Glaude applies his diverse leadership experiences in government, the private sector, and nonprofits as President & CEO of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED). Steve previously served as the director of community affairs for the District of Columbia. In this role, he oversaw 13 agencies for the mayor, including the offices of Latino Affairs, Asian Affairs, African Affairs, Religious Affairs, Veterans Affairs, Women’s Policy, Youth Advisory Council, Grants and Partnerships and others. Prior to this post he served as director of constituent services for then-DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray. Steve is a native Washingtonian, a father of three, and a proud graduate of Morgan State University.

Iliana Bowen

Ilana is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, overall strategy, and community partnerships for Pepco’s Workforce Development programs within the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County. Programs include the DC Infrastructure Academy: Pepco Utility Training program and the DC Public Schools’ Career Bridge Program. Mrs. Bowen’s prior experience includes managing community and STEM workforce development programs at the DC Sustainability Energy Utility, the United Way of Massachusetts & Merrimack Valley, and local nonprofits. She has a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, graduate certificate in nonprofit management from New York University, and is certified both as a Sustainability Associate-ISSP and Climate Reality Project Leader.

Kelly Ann DeCurtis

Kelly is the Director of Talent Management for PHI, Kelly is a part of the Human Resources team, and she and her team are responsible for the talent management, leadership development, employee and team engagement, DEI engagement, workforce development, and cultural strategies for PHI. Kelly started her career with Vanguard Mutual Fund Company starting in Recruiting and then progressing through various roles finally ending her career at Vanguard as a Six Sigma Green Belt focused on large-scale HR cost-saving projects and process improvements. Kelly left Vanguard in 2003 to join Exelon Corp in HR originally supporting the Power organization. She joined the PHI team in February 2018.