CGC Board of Directors
Reed Hundt – (Chair) Founder and CEO, Coalition for Green Capital
Mr. Hundt imagined the Green Bank concept in 2009, while he was working on the Obama Transition Team. After working for several years on federal Green Bank legislation, including the Green Bank Act of 2009 and the 2010 Senate Energy Committee Bill, Mr. Hundt decided to focus on state Green Banks. He founded the Coalition for Green Capital in 2012 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Hundt is also the Principal of REH Advisors, an advisory firm serving private firms. Mr. Hundt is an adviser to Covington & Burling, an international law firm. Mr. Hundt is on the board of directors of Intel Corporation and Smart Sky Networks. Mr. Hundt was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 1993-97 and was co-chairman of the Forum on Communications and Society at the Aspen Institute (1998-2006). Previously he was a partner at Latham & Watkins, an international law firm. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar.
He has written many articles and five books: In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship (Yale University Press, 2006), You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics (Yale University Press, 2000), The Politics of Abundance: How Technology Can Fix the Budget, Revive the American Dream, and Establish Obama’s Legacy (Odyssey, 2012), Zero Hour: Time to Build the Clean Power Platform (Odyssey, 2013), and A Crisis Wasted: Barack Obama’s Defining Decisions (Rosetta Books, 2019).
Mr. Hundt graduated from Yale College (1969) with a B.A. in History magna cum laude and honors with exceptional distinction in history and from J.D. Yale Law School (1974) where he was member of the executive board of the Yale Law Journal. He is married to Elizabeth Katz and has three children: Adam, Nathaniel, and Sara.
Ken Berlin – President and CEO of the Climate Reality Project
Ken Berlin is the president and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. Mr. Berlin has devoted his career to leadership on environment, energy and climate change issues. A trusted advisor to businesses, non-profits and federal and state governments, Mr. Berlin has been recognized as one of the top climate change attorneys in the world and has extensive expertise on international environmental issues ranging from clean energy to biodiversity. Most recently, Mr. Berlin chaired the Skadden Arps Environmental and Climate Change practices and served as the Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for the Coalition for Green Capital. He was also a leader in establishing the Climate Speakers Network. In 2012, Mr. Berlin served as Chair of the Obama Energy and Environment Team. Mr. Berlin has served on the boards of several organizations including the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), the American Bird Conservancy, the Alliance for Zero Extinction, the Rare Center for Tropical Conservation, the Earth Day Network, and Defenders of Wildlife.
Mr. Berlin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and has a JD from Columbia University School of Law. Ken lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his family.
Roger Dower – (Lead Independent Director) President of the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread
Mr. Dower’s career spans more than thirty years, including senior management roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors with a major focus on environmental and energy matters. An economist by training, he began his career directing research for the Environmental Law Institute before entering the public policy arena, first as an Economic Consultant to the White House during the Carter Administration and then Chief of the Energy and Environmental Unit in the Congressional Budget Office during the Reagan Administration.
In 1990, he joined the World Resources Institute (WRI), where he led the Climate, Energy and Pollution Program and was a senior advisor to WRI’s president in his capacity as Co-Chairman of President Clinton’s landmark President’s Council on Sustainable Development. In 1996, Dower joined Sycom Enterprises, (now, eNERGYSolve Corporation) which provides internet-based energy management solutions to large commercial and industrial energy users, and was named President in 2000. During his tenure, he directed the company’s strategic business planning and oversaw all aspects of its operations and marketing efforts.
In 2002, Dower was named President of the U.S. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) where he conceived and led programs which almost doubled the expanse of certified forestry acreage in the U.S. and transformed the FSC into a major brand in the domestic and global paper markets. In 2007, he was named President of the Johnson Foundation, becoming the fifth leader of the highly esteemed private family foundation.
Mr. Dower holds a B.S. in agricultural economics and a Masters in Resource Economics, both from the University of Maryland, and is the author of numerous books, articles and publications relating to energy and environmental policy. He currently serves as on the boards of Call2Recycle, Coalition for Green Capital and the Racine Community Foundation.
David Hayes – Executive Director, State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at the NYU School of Law; former Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior
David J. Hayes is the Executive Director of the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at the NYU School of Law. He also is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Stanford Law School, where he has been teaching courses focused on renewable and conventional energy, wildlife trafficking, NEPA reform, natural resources, and climate change.
Hayes is a Research Scholar at Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy and Woods Institute for the Environment. He serves as on the Advisory Council for Stanford’s Lane Center for the American West and is a member of Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s Sustainability Advisory Council.
Hayes served both Presidents Obama and Clinton as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior from 2009 to 2013 and from 1999 to 2001, respectively. As Deputy Secretary, Hayes was the Chief Operating Officer and second in command to the Secretary with authority over Interior’s 70,000 employees and $14 billion dollar budget. During his tenure as Deputy Secretary, Hayes led the Department’s climate change-related activities, including renewable energy project siting and permitting reforms; Interior’s response to the 2010 Gulf oil spill; reforms in deepwater drilling, fracking and other conventional energy matters; negotiations in major water conflicts in California and the west; and the $3.4 billion Cobell Indian trust fund settlement.
From 1990-97 and 2001-09, Hayes was a partner at Latham & Watkins, where he was Global Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. From 1997-99, he served as Counselor to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. Hayes graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame; he received his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Britt Ide – Independent Corporate Director
Britt E. Ide is the President of Ide Energy & Strategy. Ms. Ide has 25+ years of business, engineering and legal experience, including deep utility and energy industry experience.
Ms. Ide serves on the Board of Directors and the Audit and Governance & Innovation Committees of NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE), a vertically-integrated, gas and electric utility. She has worked on all sides of energy issues including with associations (American Gas Association, Electric Power Research Institute, Edison Electric Institute, Northwest Public Power Association), industrial users (Boise Cascade), large commercial users (Albertsons), utilities (including PacifiCorp, Idaho Power, LA Department of Water & Power and Columbia Gas), NGOs, developers and regulators.
As President of Ide Energy & Strategy, Ms. Ide consults on energy policy, strategy and collaboration. She serves as a Clean Energy Advisory Board Member for a US Department of Energy/MIT/Stanford collaboration (C3E) and is on the Fulbright Roster of Specialists. Ms. Ide was an invited keynote speaker to Santiago, Chile on corporate governance and energy.
Ms. Ide previously served as the outside Chair of the Board of Directors of PCS Edventures (OTC:PCSV), that sells experiential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education tools. Her nonprofit board service includes: the Energy Policy Institute at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at the Idaho National Laboratory and the Hotrock Energy Research Organization (furthering Enhanced Geothermal Systems).
Ms. Ide holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and Juris Doctorate. She is an experienced facilitator of solutions and has a Certificate in Mediation from Harvard. Ms. Ide is also a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow.
Ken Marks – President, KRM Energy; former Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and HSBC
Ken is a senior banker with broad financial experience in the power, utility and renewables sector. Most recently, Mr. Marks served as Managing Director and Head of Power, Utilities and Renewables for the Americas for HSBC. At HSBC, Mr. Marks was responsible for leading the Bank’s investment banking and commercial banking activities with clients in the sector, which were based primarily in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. His oversight included the following products: strategic advice, capital markets products, lending, derivatives, foreign exchange, and other products typically provided by a global commercial bank.
Prior to HSBC, Mr. Marks worked for Morgan Stanley for 33 years in increasingly senior roles, including as Managing Director in the Global Power and Utility Group. Mr. Marks was based in New York throughout his tenure with Morgan Stanley, except for three years when he was based in Hong Kong as Head of M&A and Project Finance for non-Japan Asia. Mr. Marks’ experience at Morgan Stanley also included participation in specialized groups at the Bank focusing on: M&A, Restructuring, Project Financing Valuations, and Corporate Finance. Mr. Marks provided the full range of Morgan Stanley’s banking products to clients., including strategic advice, debt and equity financing, derivatives/hedging, etc. At Morgan Stanley, Mr. Marks advised companies on strategic transactions with a value in excess of $100 billion and frequently served on the Bank’s Fairness Committee.
Mr. Marks received his PhD in Finance from NYU, his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his BS from Bucknell University.
Sharon Oster – Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Yale School of Management
Sharon Oster served as dean of the Yale School of Management from 2008 to 2011. She is a specialist in competitive strategy, microeconomic theory, industrial organization, the economics of regulation and antitrust, and nonprofit strategy. She has written extensively on the regulation of business and competitive strategy. Professor Oster’s book Modern Competitive Analysis, used widely at management schools, integrates a broad range of views in its analysis of management strategy and emphasizes an economic approach to strategic planning. Her second book, Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations, takes the same economic approach to managing nonprofit organizations. Professor Oster has consulted widely to private, public, and nonprofit organizations.
Professor Oster received her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in 1970 and her PhD from Harvard in 1974. She received the first Yale School of Management Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1988 and received this award again in 2008.
Paul de Sa – Founder, Quadra Partners
Paul de Sa is a co-founder of the advisory firm, Quadra Partners. Mr. de Sa was part of the leadership team at the FCC from 2009-12 and 2016-17, serving as Chief of its Office of Strategic Planning, with a focus on merger reviews, broadband, and spectrum policy. Mr. De Sa also participated in writing the U.S. National Broadband Plan. Between his two periods of government service, Mr de Sa was the senior analyst at Bernstein Research covering the US telecom sector. He was previously a Partner at McKinsey & Company, spending almost a decade serving communications and private-equity clients from the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Seoul offices.
Mr. de Sa holds a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford. He was a John F Kennedy Memorial Scholar at MIT, and researched technology policy as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard.