True Equity Takes Collaboration
Solar Stewards believes strongly that the path to true equity is one we embark on together. Stakeholdership is fundamental to our process. We invite you to join us in this work.
Dana Clare Redden
Founder & CEO
Celebrating a decade in the solar industry, Dana Clare Redden is a passionate solar professional dedicated to the development of distributed generation solar globally. Growing up in a small rust-belt town in western Pennsylvania, the environmental impacts of fossil fuels shaped her perspective, particularly for disenfranchised communities and those most vulnerable. Realizing this need for environmental justice and greater resources, Dana founded Solar Concierge in 2012, a consultancy dedicated to helping communities and businesses go solar.
In 2016, she founded Solar Stewards, a third party solar program directly connecting corporate social responsibility initiatives with impact capital to develop solar on universities, affordable and senior housing, places of worship, and non-profits. Dana holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Drexel University as well as an Executive MBA from IE Business School and Brown University. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA where she continues to work at the intersection of impact capitalism, environmental justice, and social entrepreneurship for communities worldwide.
Solar Stewards Advisory Board
Director, Urban Energy Justice Lab
Dr. Tony G. Reames is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability where he directs the Urban Energy Justice Lab. His research investigates fair and equitable access to energy that is affordable, reliable, and clean, and seeks to understand the production and persistence of spatial, racial, and socioeconomic residential energy disparities. He has a PhD in public administration from The University of Kansas, a Masters in engineering management from Kansas State University, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Dr. Reames is also a licensed professional engineer and US Army Officer veteran.
CEO, Inclusive Prosperity Capital
Kerry leads Inclusive Prosperity Capital, a not-for-profit investment fund that was spun out of the Connecticut Green Bank to scale up impact for underserved communities and underinvested markets across the country. Inclusive Prosperity Capital operates at the intersection of community development, clean energy finance and climate impact with a collection of products and strategies that use an “ecosystem” approach to matching capital supply with project demand through mission-aligned partners on the ground.
Kerry’s work at IPC and previously at the Connecticut Green Bank managing single family and multifamily financing programs and low-to-moderate income initiatives has given her tremendous exposure to the kind of institutional challenges – and opportunities – associated with clean energy investing for underserved communities. She and her team launched 11 products in five years using a channel marketing and partnership origination approach and a variety of financial structures, all sharing a focus on reducing energy burdens by expanding access to credit.
Sherman is senior counsel in the Commercial & Public Finance group at Thompson and Hine. He focuses his practice on municipal finance, project finance, and public-private partnerships (P3). He specializes in structured real estate finance and capital formation, including tax-exempt and taxable municipal bonds, synthetic equity through the monetization of available federal and state tax credits, and exempt securities offerings. An innovator in housing finance, Sherman helped found the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP), Georgia’s first well-financed regional nonprofit developer and sponsor, and served as its general counsel
Solar Stewards Internship Team
Solar Stewards is proud to highlight our talented Solar Stewards Internship Team for Fall 2020.
Lilly recently graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in International Relations. She is currently working as a UX and graphic designer at TechChange, a platform that promotes the use of technology to address social and global challenges. She has prior experience researching the DER industry and is especially interested to learn more about the role blockchain can play in the energy revolution.
Solar Stewards Internship
COLLABORATION FOR THE FUTURE
Solar Stewards is committed to the advancement of distributed energy resources and the fundamental shift to new business models supporting renewable energy. Embracing an inter-generational approach to this work is critical for the long-term advancement of the industry. As such, in 2020, Solar Stewards launched the Solar Stewards Internship, open to all post-secondary students looking to help shape the future of energy and social enterprise. Special thanks to Brown University, Dartmouth College, and Brown Connect for their support. Further details on the Solar Stewards Internship can be found here.
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