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Learn about the Team at Connecticut Green Bank, including our President and CEO, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, and Vice President of Accounting and Financial Reporting.
Bryan Garcia is the president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank the nation’s first state-level green bank. The green bank model demonstrates how smarter use of public resources can attract more private investment in the green economy reducing the burden of energy costs on households and businesses, creating jobs in local communities, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global climate change. With its message of “inclusive prosperity,” the Connecticut Green Bank won the “Innovations in American Government Awards” in 2017 by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
As Chief Investment Officer of the Connecticut Green Bank, Bert leads the finance team’s development of new and innovative financing programs that attract more private capital to scale-up the state’s clean energy investments, including energy efficiency, renewables and alternative fuel vehicles and associated infrastructure.
As Vice President of Finance and Administration, Jane is responsible for all financial reporting, budgeting and cash management, as well as the accounting operations of Connecticut Green Bank. Previously, Jane served as the Green Bank’s Controller for the past three years. During that time, she automated the financial reporting process with the implementation of a cloud based general ledger. She built a dashboard reporting structure that immediately puts financial results in the hands of the executive team.
Eric is responsible for the general management of the operations of the Green Bank. This includes the organization’s strategic planning, impact assessment, and evaluation, measurement, & verification as well as the administration, human resources, and technology functions.
As General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for the Connecticut Green Bank, the nation’s first green bank, Brian directs all legal, legislative and regulatory affairs. Brian was an attorney with the AmLaw 100 law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge before accepting a position with Sikorsky Aircraft as a senior attorney. Here, Brian provided legal counsel for the majority of Sikorsky’s strategic international sales campaigns and oversaw all global environmental, health and safety legal matters. Brian’s past state government experience includes time spent as a regional director for the Department of Economic and Community Development and a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Barry Schaller of the Connecticut Appellate Court.
At the Green Bank, Michael has designed and developed innovative clean energy financing solutions, including spearheading the first issuance of a rated green bond by a Green Bank, and building the country’s leading Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program, and structuring first-in-the-nation strategies to secure solar investment for non-investment grade properties. Prior to joining the Green Bank, Michael specialized in leveraged buyouts with a focus on energy, telecommunications, media, and healthcare. Michael holds degrees from Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment as well as the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Louise Della Pesca leads the commercial solar power purchase agreement program for Connecticut Green Bank. Under the program, over 28 MW of commercial solar has been installed in CT, with over 17 MW retained under management by the Green Bank. The program serves for-profit, non-profit, state and municipal customers. In addition to her commercial solar focus, Louise works on the Green Bank’s green bond issuances, such as the ~$40 million 2019 asset backed securitization of renewable energy credits. Prior to joining the Green Bank, Louise worked in consulting for KPMG, holding positions in the UK and UAE.
As part of the Green Bank’s Clean Energy Finance Team, Desiree provides debt and equity financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) programs. The C-PACE Program provides debt financing for energy efficiency and solar and is mainly geared at commercial clients. The PPA program focuses on not-for-profit and municipal clients installing commercial-scale solar. Prior to joining the Green Bank, Desiree held positions at CME Group where she launched new energy futures contracts and in Con Edison’s Energy Markets Policy Group. Desiree has a B.A. from Brandeis University with majors in Economics and Psychology and a minor in Business, and an M.S. from Columbia University in Sustainability Management.
Rudy brings extensive marketing and communications experience to the Green Bank team. In addition to leading on marketing for the Green Bank's retail bond offering, Rudy manages marketing for multifamily programs and brand communications programs, including public relations, social media, and websites.