PACENation is movement of people and organizations who are joined in their support for PACE financing. Members may have different individual goals, but they share a desire to create energy and resource-efficient communities. You, your colleagues, and the organizations you represent are invited to join and lend your voices to thousands of others. Becoming a member of PACENation reflects a commitment to our shared objective: making PACE financing available throughout the United States.
Acting Executive Director
Mary joined PACENation as Deputy Director after having been a consultant to the organization since 2019. She comes to PACENation with over two decades of experience leading advocacy efforts on environmental sustainability initiatives focused on clean energy, green building and climate policy at Global Green USA, the US arm of the environmental NGO founded by Mikhail Gorbachev. Prior to that, Mary spent eight years as a Congressional staffer working on a variety of legislative issues including environmental/natural resources, small business and technology. Mary has also served on several Boards and Commissions including the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission and the California Coastal Commission. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science/International Relations from UCLA and completed the Congressional Research Service’s Graduate Legislative Institute in Washington, DC.
Director, Market Research
Mike Centore is Director of Market Research at PACENation, where he leads PACENation’s data-focused efforts to track national PACE market developments and communicate research to PACENation’s members. Before joining PACENation, Mike was introduced to the clean energy field through internships with the Environmental Defense Fund and Context, a sustainability consultancy. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Economics from Rutgers University and a Certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy from Yale University.
Maria Elena Hewett
Communications and Membership Manager
Maria Elena is a digital storyteller. Using an inclusive lens, she leads digital projects from strategy through execution resulting in effective communications to engaged audiences. After a decade in the private sector, she decided to pursue her dreams of nonprofit leadership full-time in 2015 and obtained her Master’s in Nonprofit Management. She has executed contracts for multiple charitable organizations in homeless services, documentary film, animation, women’s rights, theatrical arts, and other fields. She has served on the Board of Working Women History Project and LA Music & Arts School. You can catch Maria Elena in her free time hiking, rehabbing her off-grid desert cabin, participating in the local arts community, and chasing after adventure with her aussie shepard in tow.
Managing Director, R-PACE
As PACENation’s Managing Director of Residential PACE, Juan’s goal is to make PACE’s sustainability and resiliency benefits available to homeowners across the nation. Prior to joining PACENation, Juan lobbied the New York State Legislature on behalf of the City of New York to advance the Mayor’s environmental transportation and infrastructure agenda. Previously, Juan served as the Director of Traffic Operations Policy and the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the NYC Department of Transportation, where he focused on Vision Zero, a sweeping transportation safety program. Previously, Juan was General Counsel & Legislative Director at Transportation Alternatives, one of the nation’s leading walking and bicycling nonprofits, where he led the campaign to launch NYC’s speed camera program and helped lead the campaign which led to the adoption of Vision Zero in NYC.
Shay joined PACENation as a PACENation Fellow in June 2022 to lead and develop the “PACENations – Growing the International Market” project. Based in New Zealand, Shay will promote broader awareness of PACE internationally and support the adoption of PACE programs in countries around the world. Shay launched the Environmental Upgrade Finance mechanism in Australia which was modeled after PACE, established, and managed the third-party administration services to local governments (2010-2020) under the Better Building Finance brand. Shay spent several years working in the green building sector as Director – Green Star Certifications (Green Building Council of Australia) and Director of Membership and Operations (New Zealand Green Building Council). Shay also sits on several Boards of community organizations advocating for better opportunities for migrant groups and marginalized communities.
Greenworks Lending from Nuveen
Connecticut Green Bank