Speakers

The Clean Energy Means Business Corporate Summit features expert speakers from the corporate and clean energy sectors from throughout the Mountain West. Workshop presentations and panel discussions throughout the conference are designed to provide actionable insights for corporate leaders. To inquire about speaking opportunities, contact Keelin Kelly at kkelly@coseia.org


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Julie Blunden

Julie Blunden serves as Board Chair CalCEF Catalyst and Board Member of CalCEF Ventures as well as founder of Julie Blunden Consulting. Serving over three decades in the power industry, Ms. Blunden has held executive roles at SunPower, Green Mountain Energy, KEMA Xenergy and SunEdison as well as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation.  She serves as an Advisory Board Member to emerging companies and served as Executive in Residence for the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver's Business School.


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Jerry Bloom

Jerry Bloom focuses his practice on the development, finance, and operation of domestic and international independent energy projects, electric industry restructuring and privatization, and mergers and acquisitions. His experience in the structure, finance, and development of energy infrastructure projects includes renewable, combined heat and power (CHP), and fossil-fuel generation. He also has extensive experience in the negotiation of off-take and power purchase agreements, engineering, procurement, and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, fuel supply agreements, syndication, and agency agreements.


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Jeff Cramer

Jeff is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA), a national trade organization that works to expand access to clean, local affordable energy nationwide through community solar.  Jeff co-founded and served as partner at 38 North Solutions for over 5 years — a public affairs firm that focuses exclusively on clean energy policies at the state and federal levels.  Jeff served a diversity of clients in the solar, storage, industrial recycling, vehicle electrification, methane waste prevention, and wind sectors.  Prior to 38 North, Jeff served as an Advocate at the public affairs firm Quinn Gillespie in Washington DC and previously an energy and technology industry analyst at a Pacific Crest Securities, a sell-side investment bank in Portland, OR.  


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Michael Eckhart

Michael Eckhart is a Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance in the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Citigroup in New York City.  Previously, he was founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization, where he emerged as a national and global leader in the renewable energy field.  Earlier, he developed financing for solar energy under the SolarBank Initiative in Europe, South Africa and India; was Chairman & CEO of United Power Systems, Inc.; Vice President of Areté Ventures, Inc.; a strategic planner of General Electric Company’s power systems sector; and a Principal with the energy practice of Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including Renewable Energy Man of the Year of India in 1998, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2008, the Good Deal for All Award in 2009, the ISES Hermann Scheer Global Leadership Award in 2013, and Biofuels Financier of the Year in 2014.  He received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and served in the US Navy Submarine Service.


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Jesse Grossman

Jesse Grossman co-founded Soltage and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since our founding in 2006.  Jesse oversees the design and execution of the Soltage business model, the corporate and project finance activities of the firm, as well as sales and acquisition.  Prior to co-founding Soltage, he worked in venture development and management, project finance, marketing, and resource use strategies in diverse locales including East Africa, Indonesia, and the East and West Coasts of the continental USA.  Jesse has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Carleton College and a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with Business Development certification from Yale’s MacMillan Center. Mr. Grossman speaks four languages and is a published author and speaker in the field of emerging markets and renewable energy.


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Keith Martin

Keith Martin is tax and project finance partner in the Washington office of Norton Rose Fulbright.  The firm has 4,000 lawyers in 59 offices in 33 countries, including 1,000 in 11 offices in the United States.  Keith heads a projects group that did $53.5 billion in financings in the last two years.  The prestigious Chambers directory gives him a "star" ranking among renewable energy lawyers based on year-round interviewing of in-house law departments and peers at other firms. 


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Amy Parsons

Amy Parsons serves as the Executive Vice Chancellor of the Colorado State University System, overseeing strategy and initiatives across the three CSU System institutions (CSU Fort Collins, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global Campus) and throughout Colorado.  Amy manages strategic partnerships and projects including the National Western Center redevelopment in Denver, the Todos Santos Center in Mexico, the Ascend program based in Fort Collins, and the construction of CSU’s new football stadium. She oversees the operations of the Board of Governors of the CSU System, and the Denver System office. Amy serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, The Confucius Institute, is a Trustee ofWestern Stock Show Association and serves as a member of Colorado Concern and the Metro Denver EDC Executive Committee. 

Amy’s previous roles at CSU include Vice President for University Operations in Fort Collins, Deputy General Counsel and Special Assistant Attorney General for CSU and Assistant Professor in the School of Education, teaching the Law of Higher Ed and Higher Ed Administration. 

Before joining CSU, Amy practiced law at the firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck, specializing in commercial litigation.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Colorado State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 


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Lisa Ann Pinkerton

From the newsroom to the boardroom, Lisa Ann has used her keen analytical skills to share cleantech stories with the world for nearly two decades. Most recently she was named a Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for 2017. She is Founder and President of Technica Communications, Founder and Chairwoman of Women In Cleantech & Sustainability, Co-Founder of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, an international speaker and moderator and documentary filmmaker.Lisa Ann started her career as a broadcast journalist for nearly a decade. Her work has been broadcast on National Public Radio, PBS Television, NBC and other US news outlets. Lisa Ann holds the degrees Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Art Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.


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Jonathan Plowe

Jonathan Plowe is the Managing Director of Tax Equity Advisors, LLC.  Formerly a Managing Director of BofA Merrill Lynch’s renewable energy solutions business, Jonathan has spearheaded award-winning rooftop solar transactions and closed billions of dollars of proprietary investments and client projects spanning tax equity, project finance, and structured corporate and asset finance. Previously a corporate tax attorney with Skadden, Arps.  


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Chris Roetheli

Chris Roetheli works in the areas of community and economic development for US Bancorp Community Development Corporation. As a Business Development Officer in the New Business Initiatives Group, Chris focuses his time exploring innovative ways that USBCDC can leverage its platform of tax credit finance expertise to drive incremental community impact and economic value. Prior to his work in the New Business Initatives Group, Chris served for 7 years in various Finance roles including Sr. Analyst, Assistant Controller and Director of Finance. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from Southeast Missouri State University and an MBA in finance from St. Louis University. In the community Chris serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis.


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John Shaw

John Shaw first entered the solar industry in 2006 as an installer of residential and commercial systems. His experience broadened from there, and now includes design and sales for both residential and commercial systems. John also spent three years representing an American commercial smart inverter manufacturer, spec’ing 500-750 kW inverters for projects all over the Western United States. His background includes design and installation training from Solar Energy International, as well as NABCEP certification as a Solar PV Technical Sales Professional. John’s experience also includes education and training on the analysis of solar potential on sites, understanding rate structures and utility bills, and the financial benefits of solar within the constraints of different utilities. John joined Namasté Solar as a Commercial Solar Project Developer in 2017, and focuses on developing projects in Colorado. His passion for renewable energy is evident in his personal life as well, as he owns both PV and solar thermal water heating systems, as well as an electric vehicle.


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Collin Tomb

Collin Tomb is a Business Sustainability Analyst at Boulder County, where she develops new initiatives to assist businesses and property owners make energy upgrades. In 2010, she helped run one of the first commercial PACE programs in the country. Recently, she managed Solar Benefits, an incentive program for photovoltaic projects in small and medium-sized businesses in Boulder County.


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Cat Zummer

Cat Zummer is the Training and Development Specialist at ORGANIC INDIA. She received a BA in Environmental Studies with a special focus on society and policy from CU Boulder. Cat heads B Corp efforts and leads sustainability initiatives at the ORGANIC INDIA office and recently wrote a grant for installation of an electric vehicle charging station. She is passionate about promoting a holistic healthy lifestyle that respects, honors, and elevates our planet and all who reside here.