Wednesday, November 10

2021 Cleantech Innovation Paper Launch

Event overview

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2021 Cleantech Innovation Paper – Targeting zero: Cleantech solutions accelerating a sustainable future

For the second year in a row, Dynamo partnered with Credit Suisse to produce a cleantech innovation paper. This paper launch event highlighted the best and brightest in 2021 cleantech innovation; the event, comprised of a thought leadership discussion and cleantech panel, featured leaders from across the energy ecosystem who covereed key advancements and trends in the industry.

Speakers included:

Kristin Barbato, Co-Founder & President at Dynamo Energy Hub

Kristin Barbato has 25 years in energy and sustainability spanning utilities, government, and energy services, and now leverages this experience successfully as an entrepreneur. She founded Build Edison to accelerate commercialization of innovative energy solutions and as Co-founder and President of Dynamo Energy Hub, she is creating the new platform to connect energy transition leaders and innovators across the world. Kristin previously served as the Chief Energy Management Officer at the City of New York, the largest municipal energy operation in the US, VP of Customer Energy Solutions at NYPA, and other utility and corporate executive roles.

Rachel Rosen, President, CEO & Co-Founder of WexEnergy

Rachel often introduces herself as a recovering landlord, having spent over 27 years managing millions of square feet of commercial and multifamily properties. Her real estate background makes her the ideal person to lead WexEnergy’s marketing and sales and shape the company’s strategic direction.

At the outset of the Covid pandemic, Rachel made the difficult decision to pause sales. Instead, WexEnergy turned its attention towards developing utility incentives for WindowSkin® and accelerating market introduction of SolarSkinTM, a product that reduces solar heat gain to WindowSkin’s insulation gap.

The Rochester (NY) Business Journal is honoring Rachel as “Executive of the Year” for Technology and Manufacturing Companies.  Ms. Rosen has worked with WexEnergy since its inception. She joined WexEnergy as President & CEO in 2017.


Emily Chasan, Director of Communications at Generate Capital

Emily Chasan is director of communications for Generate Capital. She is responsible for external and internal communications, marketing, events and developing communications strategies that advance the sustainable infrastructure company’s mission to build for a more sustainable world. With over 2,000 infrastructure assets in operation today, Generate is a long-term investment and operating platform that scales affordable, reliable, and sustainable infrastructure in green power, mobility, smart cities, waste and water. Emily is also a contributing editor for GreenBiz Group’s GreenFin platform and a co-host of The Energy Gang podcast.

Prior to Generate, Emily was sustainable finance editor at Bloomberg News, where she pioneered the news organization’s coverage of ESG, sustainability and impact investing. Emily wrote and edited Bloomberg Green’s weekly Good Business newsletter on the frontiers of sustainable and responsible investing. Recognized as a leading voice on green finance, she is a regular speaker at ESG conferences and events.

An award-winning journalist, Emily was previously a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal’s CFO Journal, and a senior correspondent at Reuters where she covered accounting, law, hedge funds, manufacturing, and the U.S. stock market. She led the wire service’s team of bankruptcy reporters during the financial crisis from 2008 to 2010.

Emily started her career as an intern in The Wall Street Journal’s Dallas bureau. She graduated from Tufts University cum laude with degrees in economics and international relations.


Whitney Herndon, Associate Director at Rhodium Group

Whitney Herndon is an Associate Director at Rhodium Group and manages the firm’s US energy research.

Whitney manages a team of analysts that use a range of energy and economic models to analyze the impact of policy proposals and market shifts on the US energy system and macroeconomy. Her expertise includes carbon capture, energy and electric power systems modeling, and economy-wide decarbonization.

Whitney has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Systems and Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s of Environmental Management with a concentration in Energy Economics from Duke University.



Luke Bolar, Managing Director of External Affairs at ClearPath

Luke Bolar is the Managing Director of External Affairs at ClearPath where he leads external relations and communications. Before joining ClearPath, Luke worked at Edelman as Senior Vice President of the energy and environment practice leading communications strategy and public affairs campaigns for energy companies, trade associations and government entities. Luke also worked for more than a decade on Capitol Hill where he served as Chief of Staff and Communications Director, working in both the U.S. House and Senate for multiple Members and Committees.



Lincoln Payton, CEO of ClearTrace

Lincoln Payton is Chief Executive Officer and board member at ClearTrace. Experienced in domestic and international corporate finance, principal investing, risk management, and leadership roles on three continents, Lincoln brings extensive expertise to his role at ClearTrace. His background includes building global businesses across financial products in the energy industry across the Americas and Europe.




Tanguy Serra, President and CFO at GoodLeap

Tanguy Serra is the President and Chief Financial Officer at GoodLeap. He oversees GoodLeap’s overall financial activities, including capital markets, financial planning, and strategic investor partnerships. Tanguy left TPG Capital in 2010 to launch Vivint Solar, where he personally installed Vivint’s first rooftop solar system in Utah and helped scale Vivint into the second largest residential solar provider in the U.S. In 2013, Tanguy was appointed COO of Solar City, where he helped the company become the largest residential solar provider in the world prior to its acquisition by Tesla.

In addition, Tanguy is co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at GoodFinch, an ESG investment management platform uniquely focused on home-efficiency fixed income securities that benefit the planet, while delivering high-performance assets to investors.

Keith Kinch, Co-founder and General Manager at BlocPower

Keith Kinch serves as General Manager and co-founder at BlocPower. Keith received his undergraduate degree at John Jay College and his graduate degree at American International University. He spent eight years as a community organizer, and two years as Deputy Field Director in New York State for the Democratic National Committee under President Obama’s grassroots arm Organizing for America. He helped advance key pieces of legislation such as the Affordable Healthcare Act.

In the summer of 2016, Keith led the Solarize Brownsville campaign where more than 200 homes were outfitted with solar panels. Solarize Brownsville brought together community partners, local residents, and the selected solar installer to successfully demonstrate that solar power can make an impact in low-to-moderate-income communities. It still stands as one of the largest solar projects in New York State history. In 2017 Keith led the partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and Department of Housing Preservation and Development on Community Retrofit NYC program to produce over 500 retrofits for 5-50 unit multi-family buildings in Con Edison’s Brooklyn Queens Demand Management zone. The project has won a national award and was completed one year ahead of schedule.. In 2019 BlocPower partnered with Con Edison and NYSERDA to launch “Green the Bronx,” a campaign to help hundreds of multifamily building owners in the Bronx convert their fossil fuel heating systems to clean heating & cooling systems. As part of the partnership, Con Edison, NYSERDA and BlocPower will provide engineering, project management, customer education, financing, and no money down equipment leases for building owners. Keith currently resides with his wife and two children in New York.

Rob Santangelo, Global Co-Head of Energy & Infrastructure at Credit Suisse

Robert Santangelo is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. He is the Co-Head of Energy & Infrastructure and Vice Chairman of Equity Capital Markets Origination. Previously, Mr. Santangelo served as Global Head of ECM Origination. Rob joined Credit Suisse in 2007 from Bank of America where he was a Managing Director in Equity Capital Markets. Rob began his career as an attorney with Sullivan & Cromwell. Rob received a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.



Danielle Johnson, Head of Venture Capital Coverage at Credit Suisse

Danielle Johnson is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse leading Venture Capital coverage out of New York. She was previously Co-Head of the Americas Equities Business and a member of the Global Equities Management Committee and Global Markets Operating Committee. She has also spent time on client strategy within the Credit Suisse Key Account Management team serving as a Digital Champion and Global Markets Innovation Committee member.

Danielle joined Credit Suisse in June 2019 following a 21-year career with Goldman Sachs, where she most recently served as a Managing Director in their Global Client Relationship Management and Strategy team. Previously, Danielle held various positions including Co-Head of NY Institutional Sales, and also within Derivative Sales and various Cross Asset Desks. She was intimately involved with the Goldman Sachs Women’s Network throughout her career.

Danielle earned a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and serves on the Point O’Woods Foundation Board, Point O’Woods Investment Committee and Point O’Woods Arts Committee. Previous board work includes her alma mater, the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan and Friends of Pelham Sports in her community. She continues to serve as an alumni interviewer and class agent for the Dartmouth College Fund. She lives in Westchester County with her husband and two teenage boys.