CEFIA Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryan Garcia
President and CEO
Connecticut Green Bank

 

 

Bryan Garcia was named president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank in 2011. He oversees the nation’s first state-level green bank.  In that role, he is responsible for using limited public funds to attract and deploy private investment in clean energy in Connecticut.  The “green bank model” is demonstrating that more clean energy can be deployed at a faster rate while using public funds more responsibly.

Prior to joining the Green Bank, Garcia was program director for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. At Yale, Garcia led efforts to develop a leading global program responsible for preparing environmental leaders for business and society. He was co-editor of Carbon Finance: Environmental Market Solutions to Climate Change and Carbon Finance II: Investing in Forests for Climate Protection, publications that present the opinions and experiences of leading practitioners in finance, global carbon markets, and the business of climate change.

Garcia co-founded Earth Markets, a Connecticut-based company that helped accelerate the deployment of clean energy in homes through the U.S. Department of Energy backed Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge.  He was director of energy market initiatives at the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, where he created the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program and served as the climate change coordinator for the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change, which he won a leadership award from Governor M. Jodi Rell and Chair of the Committee, Commissioner Gina McCarthy.

He served as co-founder and chairman of the Connecticut Green Building Council, a founding board member of SmartPower and the Clean Energy Finance Center, and has served on advisory committees including the Clean Energy States Alliance, The Climate Group, Connecticut Hedge Fund Association, and University of Connecticut School of Engineering.

Early in his career, Garcia was a Peace Corps Volunteer specializing in non-governmental organization capacity building and environmental education in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in the political economy of natural resources from U.C. Berkeley, master’s degrees in public administration and business administration from New York University, and a master of environmental management degree from Yale University.

 

 

 (*  The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) is the successor organization to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF).  All references to CEFIA in the Staff Biography section shall be understood to include the CCEF.)

 

Jessica Bailey
Director, Commercial and Industrial Programs

 

Jessica Bailey joined the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority as the Director of Commercial and Industrial Programs in August 2012. In this role, she has designed a state-wide program that allows building owners to access financing to perform clean energy improvements on their properties. In its first year, the program financed $25 million in clean energy projects and executed the first securitization of commercial efficiency assets. Bailey worked from 2004-2012 at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), an $800 million foundation based in New York. As the Fund’s program officer for sustainable development, she co-managed a $7 million portfolio of grants focused on combating climate change and promoting clean energy.

 

In 2014, she was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House for solar deployment. The Hartford Business Journal dubbed her a “Green Warrior” for her work to design the successful Connecticut C-PACE program. She sits on the board of the New England Clean Energy Council and Groundswell. She received her graduate degree from Yale University and undergraduate from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.

 

Joe Buonannata
Associate, Clean Energy Finance


Joe joined CEFIA in 2012 and serves as a Project Assistant for Clean Energy Finance. He coordinates and assists staff on programs and projects aimed at scaling up deployment of commercially viable, clean energy technologies in Connecticut.  Prior to joining the Finance team, Joe served as an intern at CEFIA for the Technology Innovation team where he supported early stage technology investment programs as well as CEFIA’s participation in the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Rooftop Solar Challenge. 

Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the University of Mary Washington, and is pursuing a Master’s in national security and public safety, with a concentration in emergency management, from the University of New Haven.  His graduate research is focused on energy security in the United States. Previously, he has interned for the United States Department of State in Florence, Italy and the Connecticut General Assembly.

 

Andy Brydges
Director, Institutional Programs


Andy Brydges joined CEFIA in 2013 as the Director of Institutional Programs. He is focused on developing programs that support and encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for the “SMUSH”-sector, including State agencies, Municipalities, Universities, Schools, and Hospitals. Previously to working at CEFIA, Andy worked at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, where he was the Senior Director of Renewable Energy Generation. Prior to that he was a Principal Consultant at KEMA, Inc., assisting public and private clients in the design, implementation, and evaluation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building programs. He started his career as a geologist, in the hazardous waste industry. Andy graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. degree in Geology.

 

Lucy Charpentier
Manager, Evaluation, Measurement and Verification

 

Lucy is responsible for developing and maintaining a project/contract tracking and reporting system for CEFIA programs. She brought to CEFIA 20 years of business analysis, project management and database experience acquired from the insurance industry. Prior to joining CEFIA, Lucy's most recent positions were senior business analyst with Travelers and financial controls manager with UnitedHealthcare.

 

John R. D’Agostino
Senior Manager, Residential Programs

 

John joined CEFIA in 2013 and serves as Senior Manager of Residential Programs.  Prior to CEFIA, John worked as a research scientist at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Policy, Planning and Science, managing outreach, implementation, and coordination of statewide coastal hazard and resiliency planning, and served on the New Jersey State Hazard Mitigation Task Force.  A native of New Jersey, John has completed internships in innovation program development with the Connecticut Technology Council, clean tech venture capital with Flagship Ventures, and entrepreneurial business development supporting a number of New Haven technology startups.  John was also a member presenter on the 2013 winning Yale University Department of Energy - Better Buildings Case Competition team. 

 

John holds a joint MBA/MEM from the Yale Schools of Management and Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a M.S. from The University of Vermont.  He also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 

 

 

 

 

Mackey Dykes
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

 

Mackey is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of CEFIA.  He is also helping lead the transformation to CEFIA’s new clean energy financing mission.  Prior to joining CEFIA, Mackey was the White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Energy where he led several projects from the Secretary’s office including political appointments, national lab coordination, sustainability and other high-priority initiatives.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.

 

 

Brian Farnen
General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer

 

As General Counsel and Chief Legal Counsel, Brian directs legal, legislative and regulatory affairs at CEFIA.   Brian was an attorney with the AmLaw 100 law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge before accepting a position with Sikorsky Aircraft as a Senior Attorney.  As a Senior Attorney, Brian oversaw all global Environmental, Health and Safety legal matters (including clean energy initiatives) and supported international commercial matters. Brian’s past state government experience includes time spent as a regional director for the Department of Economic and Community Development and a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Barry Schaller of the Appellate Court.

 

Brian obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Connecticut.  He went on to earn both his Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut School of Law and School of Business, respectively.  Brian was also an Adjunct Professor teaching “Law and Society,” a member of the Connecticut Judicial Review Counsel and is active in numerous veterans charities.

 

Loyola French
Contracts Administrator

 

Loyola supports the legal and regulatory team of the CEFIA. Under the supervision of the director of regulatory policy, her responsibilities include assisting with the drafting of various legal agreements relating to renewable energy projects; assisting in contract administration and tracking; and maintaining records of dockets, pleadings, and statues. She brought to CEFIA law firm and court system experience. Loyola attended Elms College, Eastern Connecticut State University and Manchester Community College, earning a paralegal degree.

 

Ben Healey
Assistant Director, Clean Energy Finance

 

Ben joined CEFIA in 2012 in order to support the development of financing and marketing initiatives that can accelerate the deployment of clean energy and energy efficient solutions across Connecticut. Earlier in his career, he served as the Staff Director to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in the Massachusetts state legislature. In addition, Ben has experience working on public power deals with Morgan Stanley and in cleantech investing with DBL Investors, a “double bottom line” venture capital firm. Ben holds degrees from the Yale School of Management, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Yale College, and he is a former member of the New Haven Board of Aldermen.

 

Dale Hedman
Director, Statuatory and Infrastructure Programs

 

Dale evaluates project proposals involving commercially available fuel cell, solar, biomass, landfill gas and wind equipment technologies and determines what financial and/or technical support the CEFIA might be able to offer to make the projects economically viable.

 

Prior to joining CEFIA, he was with US Energy Biogas Corporation, Yankee Energy Services Company's Energy Division and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

 

Dale holds a master's degree in business administration from Xavier University and a bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.

 

Bert Hunter
Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

 

As Chief Investment Officer of CEFIA, Bert will lead the development of new and innovative financing programs.  These programs will scale-up the state’s clean energy investments in commercially viable technologies.

Bert was Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Spectrum Capital, Ltd, an investment bank focused on commercial aircraft finance and investment in US electric power generation.  He was accountable for all financial control and served as the company’s senior risk officer, overseeing all extensions of credit and investment of the firm’s capital. Prior to Spectrum, Bert was the treasurer of the international leasing company of Chemical Bank where he managed the funding for a billion-dollar portfolio of aircraft and equipment loans and leases outside the United States.

A native of Washington DC, Bert is an alumnus, former Trustee and former member of the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University (BS) and received his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

Andrea Janecko
Program Assistant, Government and External Relations

 

Andrea joined CEFIA in 2011 and serves as a Program Assistant of Government and External Relations. Andrea supports the coordination, development, distribution and tracking of CEFIA’s communications. In addition to providing project and program management support, her day-to-day responsibilities include email marketing, web postings, web invitation design, communication metrics acquisition, and maintaining CEFIA’s communication database. Prior to her current role, Andrea served as an Administrative Assistant within the Technology Innovation department where she assisted in programmatic development, constituent communication, and the coordination of technical reviews for funding approval.

 

Ed Kranich
Senior Project Associate, Deployment

 

Ed joined CEFIA in 2011 and serves as a Project Assistant of Clean Energy Deployment. His responsibilities include day-to-day management of the Residential Solar Investment Program. Prior to joining the Deployment team, Ed served as an intern at CEFIA within the Technology Innovation department where he communicated with stakeholders and assisted in technical reviews for funding approval. Ed holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Alexandra Lieberman
Assistant Director, Clean Energy Finance

 

Alexandra (Ali) manages projects and programs that support the scaling up of commercially viable technologies in the state, and supports CEFIA Directors to develop new renewable energy and energy efficiency financing programs and projects.

A Connecticut native, Ali graduated from the Yale School of Management and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a joint MBA/MEM in 2012, where she focused on clean energy finance. As a Summer Associate at NewWorld Capital, a growth equity fund in the energy/environment space, she performed market, financial and company analysis of potential clean energy investments. She also interned at World Resources Institute’s Business and Technology Group, where she worked with Fortune 500 energy managers to understand the impact of regulatory schemes on voluntary REC markets. Prior to Yale, Ali was an Associate Consultant with OC&C Strategy Consultants, where she analyzed several private equity transactions during the due diligence process. She also holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Lynne Lewis
Senior Project Assistant

 

Lynne assists in the administration of the CEFIA’s Solar Thermal Incentive Program and Ground-Source Heat Pump Incentive Program. She was promoted to her current position in 2009 after serving as administrative assistant to CEFIA’s On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation and Operational Demonstration program groups. Before coming to CEFIA, Lynne worked in diverse areas in a corporate environment, most recently as the program administrator for Aetna Inc.'s fleet car safety program. Prior to that, she had worked as a consultant in the company's ergonomics consulting department. Lynne has volunteered in various capacities for a number of civic, social, and health organizations/groups including the American Cancer Society of Connecticut and the Connecticut Valley Girl Scouts.

 

Neil McCarthy
Associate, Statuatory and Infrastructure Programs

 

Neil joined the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund in 2010. As a project associate in CCEF’s Project Development group, he provides support for the Geothermal Heat Pump Incentive Program and the Solar Thermal Incentive Program. Neil previously worked as a construction coordinator for a large-scale wastewater treatment facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as a volunteer advocate for the ongoing Cape Wind project in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Neil holds a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering science and management and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

John D. Murphy
Senior Manager, Marketing and Outreach

 

John joined CEFIA in 2004. In his role as marketing manager, John is responsible for a broad range of marketing efforts, including website development, collateral material design, marketing communications, public relations, and market research. Prior to joining CEFIA, John developed his hands-on marketing skills over the course of 16 years with Integrated Industrial Systems, a machinery engineering and manufacturing firm in Yalesville, Connecticut. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.

 

Kerry O'Neill
Director, Residential Programs

 

Prior to joining CEFIA as Director of Residential Programs in 2013, Kerry was Senior Advisor at the Clean Energy Finance Center, a non-profit organization that develops innovative approaches to attract greater private and public sector capital to finance large-scale energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon reduction initiatives. She is an expert in the emerging policies and finance structures that support energy efficiency investment at scale, testifying at regulatory and legislative hearings and advising organizations. Kerry has conducted extensive research on new models for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy at scale; emerging environmental market schemes including aggregation models for carbon, energy and demand savings; the energy efficiency sector; and regulatory frameworks.

Kerry is also the co-founder and president of Earth Markets, a consulting firm that develops and manages programs to accelerate demand for energy efficiency. Earth Markets is the program manager for the Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, an innovative 14-town community-based residential efficiency program funded by a $4.2MM grant from the US DOE BetterBuildings program. Kerry's background as an executive includes over 20 years of management experience in diverse sectors including financial services, business outsourcing, direct marketing, e-commerce, and educational services holding increasingly senior roles in strategy, marketing and operations. Kerry has a gift for identifying strategic trends and developing business models that take advantage of these trends, especially during periods of market disruption.

Kerry earned a BS in computer science and engineering from MIT and a master’s degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. She has sustained an abiding passion for education reform and has been active in education initiatives at the community level for the past several years

 

 

Madeline Priest
Associate, Residential Programs

Madeline joined CEFIA in 2013 as a Project Assistant for Residential Programs.

Before CEFIA, Madeline worked with Clean Water Fund as the Lead Clean Energy Organizer on the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a 14 town DOE BetterBuildings Neighborhood Program funded initiative. In addition to heading up outreach, including partnering with over 130 community groups, Madeline oversaw the customer pipeline with 10 efficiency contractors and managed the day to day operations. Madeline graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in International Political Economy with an emphasis in Global Development Studies and a minor in Environmental Policy and Decision Making. Upon graduating Madeline was a community organizer through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART).

 

Selya Price
Senior Manager,
Statuatory and Infrastructure Programs

 

Selya joined the CEFIA in 2010. She contributes to the implementation of programs supporting the development and commercialization of innovative clean energy technologies. Prior to CEFIA, she worked as an analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory supporting the Solar Energy Technologies Program. Selya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from the City College of New York.

 

 

Gladys Rivera
Senior Manager, Marketing and Outreach

 

Gladys joined CEFIA in 2011 after spending a decade with Connecticut Innovations. She is responsible for a variety of marketing functions designed to raise awareness of CEFIA, enhance its image, and communicate its key messages to primary markets, referral sources and other key audiences. Gladys is also responsible for event management. Previously, Gladys was responsible for marketing and contract administration matters with various business entities.

 

Rick M. Ross
Associate Director,
Statuatory and Infrastructure Programs

 

Rick joined the CEFIA team in 2007 as project development manager for the commercial On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation program. Currently he is responsible for helping develop incentive programs to accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies within Connecticut. Rick is a seasoned energy professional, having spent over 20 years in project development and management in the energy industry. Prior to joining CEFIA, he worked for UTC Power as a project development manager in the commercial stationary fuel cell division. He has received several design patents in helping forge the way for the commercialization of on-site fuel cell power generation technology. Rick holds an MBA from Western New England University and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

 

Cheryl Samuels
Executive Assistant

 

Cheryl joined the CEFIA in 2009. She is the administrative assistant to the president of CEFIA, and provides support to the CEFIA board of directors. Previously, she served as a receptionist for Connecticut Innovations and worked in diverse capacities within the corporate environment, including a business support specialist for Iron Mountain Records Management. Prior to that, she was a telecommunications analyst for Aetna Life & Casualty. For several years Cheryl has also held a position with the town of Windsor, working at the front lending desk of the Windsor Public Library.

 

 

Robert Schmitt
Senior Associate, Marketing and Outreach

 

Robert joined the CEFIA in 2012 as an Associate of Marketing & Outreach. He serves as a liaison to communities involved in the Clean Energy Communities and Community Innovations Grant programs and assists with social media and other marketing and outreach efforts. Prior to joining CEFIA, he served as an educator at the Connecticut Science Center and as a representative of the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund’s SmartLiving Center, where he worked with the public to help them develop a stronger understanding of the energy and environmental issues they face. Robert received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Interpretation from Central Connecticut State University, which included coursework in outreach education and an internship at the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration.

 

Genevieve Sherman
Assistant Director, Commercial and Industrial Programs

 

Genevieve Rose Sherman joined the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority as the Manager of Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) in January 2013. 

Genevieve graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master in City Planning, where she developed innovative financing and governance strategies that engage commercial buildings in their energy production and consumption. Most recently as a consultant to Clean Energy Solutions Inc. and Earth Markets, both leading developers of energy efficiency programs in the United States, she conducted market research and outreach on behalf of utilities and state energy agencies to design new smart metering, information feedback, and energy efficiency programs. As a Summer Analyst at HR&A Advisors, a New York-based real estate and energy efficiency consulting firm, she worked directly with large commercial property owners to prioritize and assess energy conservation measures for their buildings. Prior to MIT, Genevieve worked as a city planner for the City of Cape Town, South Africa where she compiled and analyzed data on urban development impacts as a result of the City's land use policies. Genevieve holds a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University and a Certificate in Environmental Planning and Policy from MIT.

 

Fiona Stewart
Associate, Clean Energy Finance

 

Fiona joined CEFIA in 2012 as a Project Assistant. She provides support for the Clean Energy Finance department. Prior to CEFIA, Fiona served as the Marketing Assistant at Sunlight Solar Energy, Inc. and as a manager of two Subway restaurants. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy, Economics, and International Development from the University of Connecticut. Her coursework included an internship with the Tolland Energy Task Force and a study abroad experience in Oslo, Norway, focusing on sustainable development and international environmental law.

 

Kim Stevenson
Associate Director, Multifamily Programs

 

Kim evaluates proposals and develops and manages programs to support development and commercialization of new clean energy technologies.  She has spent over 15 years in innovation and technology management, working with the senior management of Fortune 500 corporations and smaller organizations to conceive, develop and commercialize new products and services focused on energy, industrial and automotive markets.  Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a Master of Science degree in urban planning, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Mary C. Vigil
Senior Project Assistant

 

Mary started with the CEFIA in 2004 and currently provides support for residential and commercial renewable energy incentive programs. She previously worked at UnitedHealthcare as a facility coordinator. Mary brought to CEFIA over 15 years of secretarial and administrative experience.

 

Bob Wall
Associate Director, Outreach

 

Bob manages CEFIA’s marketing and outreach campaigns with a goal of driving demand for clean energy in Connecticut. Among the programs he oversees are the award-winning Clean Energy Communities Program and the U.S. Department of Energy grant projects, the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge and Sun Rise New England – Open for Business. Prior to joining the organization, Bob worked for nearly two decades as an attorney specializing in environmental and public health issues and a grass-roots organizer and marketing campaign director for renewable energy.

 

Bob is active with many state and local organizations dedicated to sustainable energy, transportation and food choices including the Connecticut Green Building Council, Connecticut Wind Working Group, Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force, Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises Inc. and Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. In 2011, he received a Clean Energy Leadership Award from People’s Action for Clean Energy.

 

Bob earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law.