YPE New York City Leadership
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President and Head of Partnerships
Leo Trudel is the Innovation & Technology Director at Indigo Advisory Group, a utility consulting firm focused on analytics, digitization, and energy transition. He is an LP in several venture capital funds, and the founder of Cloudport, a startup that develops smart thermostats for multitenant buildings. Previously, Trudel worked in cleantech banking and investments, where he provided capital to cleantech companies and renewable energy projects. He began his career as a political aide, and also has experience developing fintech applications that support capital markets transactions. Trudel earned a BA from Colby College in 2007, where he studied government and economics.
Leo Trudel is the Innovation & Technology Director at Indigo Advisory Group, ...
Vice President and Marketing & Communications Lead
Sheila Garcia is a marketer with over five years of marketing and branding experience in the sustainability space. She previously worked at EnterSolar, a leading provider of solar photovoltaic systems to corporations and schools. Prior to that, she worked at Safe Water Network, a nonprofit organization that provides clean water systems across Ghana and India. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Cornell University in 2013 where she double-majored in marketing and entrepreneurship, and minored in music.
Sheila Garcia is a marketer with over five years of marketing and ...
Chief Financial Officer & Networking Lead
Bobby Simpson is the founder and owner of Harbinger Land, a services company primarily focused on land research and acquisitions for solar, utilities, and natural gas development. He has thirteen years of experience in land development on projects across the U.S. He acquired his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University in 2006 and his Masters from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business in 2012.
Bobby Simpson is the founder and owner of Harbinger Land, a services ...
Secretary and Diversity Lead
Shruti Nayar is an Analyst at Greenwood Sustainable Infrastructure, where she supports the team in underwriting new investment opportunities and monitoring the existing portfolio of assets. Previously, she was an Analyst at GoldenSet Capital Partners, and the Director of Asset Management at Green Street Power Partners, a national solar developer and financier. In addition to her involvement with YPE NYC, Shruti is an Advisory Committee Member for the CityParks Learn Program. She dual majored in Economics and Environmental Studies at the University of Rochester, and holds an Advanced Diploma in Energy Finance from NYU.
Shruti Nayar is an Analyst at Greenwood Sustainable Infrastructure, where she supports ...
Mei Poon is a program manager in Emerging Tech and Pilots Program team at Con Edison. Prior to joining Con Edison, Mei worked for a New York-based energy consultancy, where her project work focuses on retail energy markets, energy technology research, and marketing strategies for the largest utilities in the Northeast. She has worked for a solar startup in Hong Kong, and later supported GE Solar in optimizing operational efficiencies as part of the Renewable Energy Leadership Program. She started her career in financial services, supported the Fixed Income products and Corporate Treasury teams at JPMorgan Chase. She holds an MBA from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from University of Florida. She enjoys meeting fellow energy professionals, served as a mentor for the Northeast Cleantech Open. Frequent runner, avid traveler, currently learning German.
Mei Poon is a program manager in Emerging Tech and Pilots Program ...
Savannah Goodman leads the modeling & simulation team at Blueprint Power, a company that unlocks new revenue for real-estate owners by transforming their buildings into energy market connected power plants. Since joining in the summer of 2018, Savannah has architected and managed the development of machine learning and optimization models that enable autonomous operation of DERs for market participation. From her previous experience at companies including Tesla, NRG, Off Grid Electric, and SDG&E, Savannah has developed an expertise in global energy storage and DER applications. She has a particular knack for modeling operational strategies for DERs and their associated economic value streams. Savannah received a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Civil Engineering with minors in Electrical Engineering and Technology Management. She received an MS from Stanford University in Civil Engineering with a focus in renewable energy optimization.
Savannah Goodman leads the modeling & simulation team at Blueprint Power, a ...
Catarina Carvalho is a Manager at Arup’s New York office, where she advises clients on business strategy and operations. She combines industry experience – having worked for energy, water, aviation and telecom utilities worldwide – with a consultancy background from Accenture Strategy. Catarina has a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering and MSc Merit Award from Columbia University in Sustainability. She has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
Catarina Carvalho is a Manager at Arup’s New York office, where she ...
Marketing & Communications Director
Will Graham is an analyst at CBL Markets, which is an environmental commodities exchange and data platform. He primarily specializes in the development of North American renewable energy and emission markets. Will also supports CBL’s strategic initiatives by leveraging transaction data to aid trading, providing regional policy analysis, and supporting the International Carbon team. Will studied at Duke University, where he received his undergraduate degree in environmental science and policy. In his studies, he focused on renewable energy development and corporate sustainability.
Will Graham is an analyst at CBL Markets, which is an environmental ...
Claudia Villar-Leeman is an Energy Policy Analyst at the NYC Mayor’s Offices of Sustainability and Resiliency. There, she contributes to the City’s goal to achieve an energy system that generates net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, is affordable for residents, and is resilient to the impacts of climate change. Claudia’s portfolio includes coordinating the development of the City’s first Long Term Energy Plan, as well as working with City agencies and industry to promote energy storage development citywide.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Claudia worked in the climate education and advocacy space: she taught biology and climate policy at a high school in the Dominican Republic, and later served as the Research & Communications Coordinator at the Climate Museum, the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to climate change and climate justice. She holds an M.A. in Climate & Society from Columbia University and a B.A. in Biology from Bowdoin College.
Claudia Villar-Leeman is an Energy Policy Analyst at the NYC Mayor’s Offices ...
Jack Beiderman is an Energy Engineer at AKF Group, a full-service consulting engineering firm. He is part of the Energy + Performance team, an industry leader in sustainable design and energy-efficient solutions for new and existing buildings. Jack is proficient in energy modeling with project experience spanning a multitude of building types, climates and HVAC systems. He also specializes in solar photovoltaic (PV) design and battery energy storage feasibility. Jack earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Sustainability from Binghamton University.
Jack Beiderman is an Energy Engineer at AKF Group, a full-service consulting ...
Samuel Bordenave is currently a Business Development Manager at Tesla, in the Energy Products division. In his current role, he helps develop strategies for the energy business globally – identifying, exploring, and prioritizing new market, segment, and product opportunities. Prior to joining the Business Development team, Samuel held roles in the Business Operations team and the Product Management team. Before his time at Tesla, Samuel worked at E-CUBE Strategy Consultant, a boutique consulting firm advising European Utilities and Oil & Gas companies on their renewable energy strategy. Samuel holds an MBA from Chicago Booth and an MS in General Engineering from Mines Paristech.
Samuel Bordenave is currently a Business Development Manager at Tesla, in the ...
Marcelo Domeniconi is currently an Associate at BNP Paribas in the Power, Infrastructure & Project Finance, Latin America group, where he specializes in project finance advisory and other investment banking solutions across Hispanic Latam. Prior to joining BNP Paribas in 2018, Marcelo worked for Nuveen (a TIAA company) across several investment verticals including Energy and Infrastructure, Private Debt, and Timber. Marcelo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish from Cornell University.
Marcelo Domeniconi is currently an Associate at BNP Paribas in the Power, ...
Rebecca Isacowitz is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Energy Efficient Operations with the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ (DCAS) Division of Energy Management (DEM). Focused on capital and expense funding strategy to maximize greenhouse gas emission reduction; citywide operations & maintenance initiatives, including workforce development; and innovations and applied research, she works across the universe of City agencies to support the municipal portfolio to achieve a spectrum of climate action goals.
A longtime proponent of energy management and sustainability issues, prior to joining DCAS DEM, she worked with NYC Parks; in the private sector working to deploy small- and community-scale renewable technologies; and with the National Audubon Society. Rebecca is a graduate of Lehigh University with a BA in International Relations, focusing on Environmental Policy.
Rebecca Isacowitz is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Energy Efficient Operations with ...
Marketing & Communications Director
Natalia Sharova is a Community Director at Dynamo Energy Hub, where she drives Dynamo’s PR and marketing strategy, delivers monthly thought leadership events, and serves as a relationship manager for Dynamo’s prospective and existing members. With over six years of experience in the energy field, Natalia has worked in a variety of roles from carbon capture policy analysis to managing multi-state grassroots advocacy campaigns for one of the largest trade associations in the United States.
Natalia Sharova is a Community Director at Dynamo Energy Hub, where she drives Dynamo’s PR ...