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
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.
Senior Counsel at Thompson and Hine
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
Senior Manager CohnReznick
Lee Peterson is a licensed attorney and Senior Tax Manager for CohnReznick, LLP’s National Renewable Energy Practice. Lee has been a critical tax advisor in well over 15 billion dollars of renewable energy projects within the U.S. and its’ territories. He is presently responsible for technical tax support and risk for the renewable energy project finance consulting practice and responsible for federal governmental affairs for renewables, as well as thought-leadership. Lee’s clients include the U.S. Department of Energy, Fortune 100 companies, state and local governments, tax exempt organizations and renewable energy project developers and manufacturers (both domestic and international). Lee is nationally recognized expert on renewable energy policy, taxation and finance and has published numerous articles in both traditional and trade press, including, North American Windpower, Solar Industry magazine and is regularly recognized by mainstream traditional media reporters as an expert source.
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.
Solar Stewards Internship Team
Gideon is a freshman at Brown University studying Mechanical Engineering. At Brown, he is a member of NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers). He is passionate about entrepreneurship and technology. In his free time, he likes to run and watch historical fiction movies. While at Solar Stewards, He hopes to learn more about entrepreneurship in addition to becoming more aware of the prospects of renewable energy.
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