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Rachel Seaman, President

Rachel Seaman is a Global Credit Research Analyst in BP's Integrated Supply & Trading (IST) business with her primary focus on the Marine Portfolio. As a Research Analyst, Rachel assigns internal risk ratings and maintains coverage of the Marine Industry and counterparties to support existing business and assist in the enablement of future business within IST. Prior to joining BP in 2013, Rachel worked in public accounting as a Senior Tax Associate at McGladrey where her main concentration was in the service and not-for-profit sector. At McGladrey, Rachel analysed financial statements in order to complete tax returns, accrual to cash conversions and forecasts. 

Rachel received a bachelor's degree in Accounting and completed her Master's in Science of Accountancy (MSA) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While completing her MSA, she had two internships at McGladrey and served as a Teacher's Assistant at UIC. After graduating with her MSA, Rachel obtained the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Rachel is from the southwest suburbs of Chicago and enjoys hiking, traveling and chocolate. 



Bryant Baek, Vice President

Bryant Baek is a Business Analyst at BP, plc in Chicago. His responsibilities include strategy, M&A operations, and leveraging IT within downstream refinery operations. 

Prior to BP, Bryant was a Biomedical Engineer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he spent 5 years on the East and West Coast in the Medical Device Industry. During business school, he also worked for Early Stage Partners, a venture capital firm in Ohio. 

Bryant received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He double majored in electrical and biomedical engineering at Tufts University. He is also a licensed professional engineer. 



Alexander Bandza, Board Member

Alexander Bandza is an associate attorney in Jenner & Block LLP’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Environmental and Workplace Health and Safety Law Practice. He assists clients in the automotive, chemical, defense, energy, manufacturing, and real estate sectors with environmental risks and liabilities arising out of litigation and regulation. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, he was an associate at Exponent, Inc., a scientific and technical consulting firm, where he assisted testifying expert witnesses in a variety of disciplines, including economics, statistics, epidemiology, and toxicology. There, the matters with which he assisted included products liability and toxic torts; federal regulation of chemicals and products; insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes; and antitrust and securities fraud. 

Mr. Bandza received his B.A. in economics in 2008 from Stanford University, where he graduated with interdisciplinary honors in environmental science, technology and policy. He received his J.D. in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. 



Bryan Halloy, Board Member

Bryan is an Associate at Energy Foundry, an early-stage impact venture capital firm in the smartgrid and energy space. He focuses on deal identification, investment due diligence, and portfolio company management. 

Prior to joining Energy Foundry, Bryan was a consultant with Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting, where he led large corporations through major investment decisions and process and governance implementations. 

Earlier in his career, he served in an engineering role for Mass. Electric Construction Company, where he managed the build of industrial electrical equipment for large construction projects. Prior to this, Bryan supported wastewater treatment plant design and maintenance at Hazen and Sawyer. 

Bryan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a major in Economics from Northwestern University. 



Gretchen Fitzgibbons, Board Member

Gretchen recently joined the Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) Chicago chapter, as the Director of the Marketing Communications Committee. Outside of her work on the board, Gretchen is the Account Director for Yelloblu, a cleantech marketing agency headquartered in Chicago. Among her many roles, Gretchen manages agency operations and client services, handling campaigns for clients in the green chemistry, energy efficiency and renewable energy space. 

Gretchen also leads diagnostics and biotech accounts for Yelloblu’s parent company, Chempetitive Group (CG). Lending her extensive project management, communications and social media experience to advance the life science marketing agency’s strategic initiatives. 

Prior to Yelloblu and CG, Gretchen worked as a social strategist for R/GA and helped the digital ad firm launch its first social and mobile platforms team in Chicago. 

In 2008, she was instrumental in launching the green practice at Greenough Communications - a tech PR firm - where she managed renewable energy accounts, including 1366 Technologies and Northern Power Systems. 

A proud Blue Devil, Gretchen graduated from Duke University in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science. 



Jeremy Adelman, Board Member

Jeremy Adelman has fourteen years of experience working with early-stage investors and entrepreneurs—building partnerships, raising capital, and commercializing cutting edge technology. 

As Vice President of Energy Foundry Jeremy is active in all phases of the investment process, and manages the organization’s network of expert mentors and advisors. He has established Coalition:Energy one of the country's first energy focused co-working spaces, and manages the Smart Grid Cluster, a Midwest innovation acceleration platform on behalf of the US Small Business Administration. 

He launched his career in Boston, where he managed an executive forum of hundreds of investors and entrepreneurs - the thought leaders who built the technology boom of the late 90’s. Following this experience, he helped found the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) in Washington, DC, an organization which brings together universities, Federal labs and the venture community to support university startups. During his tenure in Washington, DC he pioneered the creation of university-affiliated angel investor groups at the George Washington University - work that continued in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Jeremy also previously worked in New York as an investment banker focused on funding early stage companies, and has advised numerous entrepreneurs and innovators on business strategy and raising capital. During his career he has generated millions of dollars in support from corporations and individuals to fund innovation, research and growth. 

Jeremy holds two degrees from Brandeis University: an MBA from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, and an MA in Nonprofit Professional Leadership from the Hornstein Program. He also holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Utah. He enjoys cycling, travel, and the perfect espresso. 



Jim Young, Board Member

Jim Young is a Senior Consultant in the Energy Efficiency and Policy Analysis group within Navigant’s Energy Practice. His expertise focuses on energy-related issues for building systems, particularly HVAC&R, including evaluation of emerging technologies, development of commercialization strategies, and program support for government agencies, utilities, manufacturers, and private organizations. 

For the U.S. Department of Energy and other clients, his project experience includes several technical and market assessments of energy efficient technologies in the areas of HVAC, water heating, controls, energy modelling tools, small-scale generation, water recycling, and other aspects for high-performance buildings. 

Jim holds a M.S. in Sustainable Engineering from Villanova University, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He enjoys running and biking along the lake and exploring different parts of the city. 



Lindsay Schroeder, Senior Analyst instead of Principal Analyst

Lindsay Schroeder is a Principal Analyst at Exelon Treasury. She joined Exelon in 2014. Prior to Exelon, Lindsay worked in public affairs and lobbying for Moore & Van Allen, PLLC where she represented clients in the utilities, oil and gas, and manufacturing sectors on energy and environmental policy issues. At Moore & Van Allen, Lindsay also worked on public relations campaigns for corporate sustainability and green city initiatives. Lindsay also spent time at a hedge fund analyzing investments in the nuclear industry.  

Lindsay has a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. While in business school Lindsay was a Co-Chair of the Government & Policy Group, and was active with the Energy Group and entrepreneurship community. Lindsay is currently taking up sailing while also enjoying volleyball and the Chicago arts scene. 



Nishit Mehta, Board Member

Nishit Mehta is currently Principal Business Specialist in Exelon’s Innovation & Emerging Technologies team. Prior to Exelon, Nishit co-founded SiNode Systems, an advanced battery technology company. He has also worked in energy venture capital as a Summer Associate at ClearSky Power and Technology Fund, and as a part time intern at Siemens VC while pursuing his MBA at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Before he came to Kellogg, Nishit helped setup Siemens' solar business in India and managed the industrial automation business for Siemens' major energy clients in India. Nishit is originally from Pune, India and holds a B.E. in electrical engineering from the University of Pune. He has played an active and leadership role in a number of Energy associations including the ChicagoNEXT cleantech committee, Northwestern Energy Club, and the Collegiate Energy Association.