Board of Directors and Advisory Boards


Board of Directors

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Allen Feliz

Allen Feliz is the Vice President of U.S. Affordable Housing at MRI Software. In this role, he leads strategic growth initiatives for all U.S. subsidized housing products and services including tools for property management, accounting and asset management. Allen also represents MRI’s U.S. subsidized housing sector externally - a frequent panelist at industry conferences and writer, covering a host of relevant topics including trends in housing technology, property and asset management and compliance management. Before joining MRI in 2018, Allen co-founded TCAM, a third-party asset manager and consultant for capital providers of affordable and public housing. He led TCAM’s public sector and advisory business focused on for-profit and non-profit developers, state housing agencies and local housing authorities. Allen started his career in the Tax Credit Acquisitions department of MMA Financial (now Boston Financial). Allen holds a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a BA from Brown University.

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.

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.

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.

Maggie Molina

Maggie Molina is the Executive Director of NEEP (Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership). Maggie is a nationally recognized energy efficiency leader with experience in advancing climate and clean energy policies and programs in government and the nonprofit sector. From 2020-23, she served as Branch Chief of the State and Local Climate and Energy Program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prior to that, Maggie served as Senior Director for Policy at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), where she led policy, research, and strategy for federal, state, and local policymakers and the private sector. Maggie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Master of Engineering and Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

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 Senior Vice-President, Policy & Impact at Lincoln Avenue Capital. He previously served as 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.  Additionally, 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.

Advisory Board

Andrew Berrier

Andrew is the General Counsel for Birdseye Renewable Energy, a greenfield developer of utility-scale solar projects. In his roles representing solar developers and financial institutions supporting renewable energy, Andrew has worked to develop, finance, build, and operate solar facilities across the United States. In his role as a supporter for renewable energy, Andrew has helped shape state and local policy across numerous markets, advocating for more sustainable and inclusive programs.

Debbie Campbell

Debbie Campbell is an 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.

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 the President of Mercy Housing Mountain Plains and is committed to creating affordable housing, inclusive communities, and inspiring dreams.

Previously, she was the 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 spent 22 years with Wells Fargo.

She also currently serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas Community Development Advisory Council. 

Solar Advisory Board

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Andrew Berrier

Andrew is the General Counsel for Birdseye Renewable Energy, a greenfield developer of utility-scale solar projects. In his roles representing solar developers and financial institutions supporting renewable energy, Andrew has worked to develop, finance, build, and operate solar facilities across the United States. In his role as a supporter for renewable energy, Andrew has helped shape state and local policy across numerous markets, advocating for more sustainable and inclusive programs.

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.

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.

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.

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 BENEFIT Advisory Board

David Lis

David Lis is Director of Technology & Market Solutions at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). Dave oversees NEEP’s Technology and Market Strategies team, which is currently leading regional market transformation initiatives for air source heat pumps (ASHP), smart energy homes, strategic energy management, and appliance standards. ​

James Momperousse

James Momperousse is Carrier Corporations Utility and Incentives manager, a position where he plays an active role in maximizing utility rebate opportunities for the heat pump market. In addition, he is integral in ensuring Carrier maintains a competitive product and is keeping up to regulatory and incentive standards.

With his Mechanical Engineering background and HVAC experience, he brings a passion for electrification and heat pump education.

Jamie Kono

Jamie Kono, PE, is a research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

She has spent the past ten years in the building energy efficiency field, researching residential building efficiency and grid interactivity through equipment and envelope improvements, as well as working as an energy efficiency/GHG consultant for large commercial buildings.

She currently leads a team developing training material on heat pumps and heat pump water heaters for the Department of Energy and also helps federal buildings pursue and prioritize efficiency and decarbonization goals.

Jamie is an active member of the ASHRAE committee for Standard 100, Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings.

Kristin Heinemeier

Dr. Heinemeier, an Engineering Manager with Frontier Energy, Inc., brings over 35 years of experience in energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings with expertise in program evaluation, behavioral and HVAC technology research, qualitative research and human factors, and stakeholder engagement for energy efficiency programs, policies, best practices, and technologies.

She has a PhD in Building Science and a BS in Mechanical Engineering, both from UC Berkeley, and is a Professional Mechanical Engineer in the state of California.  She has worked with UC Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Texas A&M University, Honeywell, and Portland Energy Conservation Inc., as well as serving as a contributor to other non-profit organizations, state agencies, local governments, and community-based organizations. She has been honored professionally with ASHRAE Fellow and Distinguished Service awards. 

Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson is a Sustainability Program Manager with Salt Lake City’s Department of Sustainability.

Since joining the team in 2012, Peter has developed, implemented and supervised the operations of three ongoing programs within Salt Lake City’s Department of Sustainability, including Elevate Buildings, the Building Electrification Initiative, and the e2 Sustainable Business program.

Peter Rusin

Peter Rusin is a relationship manager for Tri-State Generation and Transmission, where he is the lead relationship manager for 14 of the 42 Tri-State members, including 12 in Colorado and 2 in Wyoming.  He is focused on implementing Tri-State’s Quality Install program for heat pump contractors, helping members develop locally focused heat pump programs, and supporting Tri-State’s heat pump research efforts.  Peter also places emphasis on growing use of Tri-State’s weatherization funding for income qualified households which includes understanding the barriers to adoption of heat pumps in propane and electric baseboard heated homes.  

Shannon Jahn

Shannon Jahn, Green Workforce Lead at City and County of Denver, Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency (CASR), is passionate about climate action, green workforce development, and creating career pathways to expand opportunities for individuals from under-resourced communities. Her mission is to build lasting relationships and partnerships with employers, training providers, and job seekers to ensure that “green jobs” are quality jobs. 

Prior to being with Denver’s CASR office, Shannon worked in Denver’s Office of Economic Development creating opportunities for Denverites in IT, and Healthcare industries.  She also spent over a decade in higher education at the University of Denver (DU) managing academic programs, and coaching students on how to explore pathways that supported educational and personal development goals.   

Shannon thoroughly enjoys helping others and strives to find success for all.