Board of Directors & Advisory Boards


Board of Directors

Thomas 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Felipe Rael

Felipe serves as the Executive Director at the Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership, coming from the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA), where he provided debt and equity solutions for affordable housing development throughout New Mexico. As a quasi-governmental entity, the MFA is the State of New Mexico Tax Credit allocating agency and also serves as the State’s Housing Finance Agency. Prior to the MFA he held management positions at Arbor Commercial Mortgage, Bank of America, Berkshire Mortgage, and Bascom Group. Felipe was born and raised in Taos and holds degrees from Claremont McKenna College and a MBA from the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University.


Advisory Board

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Solar Advisory Board

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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.

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.

Jenny Heeter

Jenny is a member of the Markets & Policy Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She specializes in market and policy analysis as well as utility regulation and analysis. Jenny is field of research interest includes voluntary green power markets, renewable energy certificate markets and pricing, solar renewable energy certificate markets, and renewable energy and carbon accounting. Jenny received an M.P.A. in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management from Indiana University in 2008. Since then she’s been working in the industry.

Tom Conrad

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.