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Our mission

Our mission is to promote Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing by providing leadership and support for a growing universe of PACE market participants.

Our vision

We envision a future in which PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing is universally available to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and building resiliency upgrades for all property owners.

PACENation membership

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.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

PACENation’s Policy Principles

PACENation has adopted Policy Principles to guide our efforts to strengthen and expand C-PACE and R-PACE markets. Read the announcement of PACENation’s R-PACE Consumer Protection Policy Principles here.

Download PACENation’s Policy Principles:

General Policy Principles
R-PACE Consumer Protection Policy Principles
C-PACE Policy Principles

Our team

Mary Luévano

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.

Mike Centore

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 Hewett 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 desert off-grid shack, participating in the local arts community, and chasing after adventure with her pup in tow.

Juan Martinez

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.

Executive Committee

Donald Gilligan

Donald Gilligan

NAESCO

Chair

Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey

Greenworks Lending from Nuveen

Vice Chair

Bert Hunter

Bert Hunter

Connecticut Green Bank

Treasurer

Bob Giles

Bob Giles

PACEfunding

Secretary

Mohammed Elahi

Mohammed Elahi

Cook County Planning and Development: Economic Development Division
Beau Engman

Beau Engman

PACE Equity
Mansoor Ghori

Mansoor Ghori

Petros PACE Finance
James Hamill

James Hamill

California Statewide Communities Development Authority
Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson

Virginia PACE Authority
Kimberly Lewis

Kimberly Lewis

Havenz Network
Peter Morgan

Peter Morgan

Winston & Strawn
Chris Nard

Chris Nard

FortiFi Financial Services
Jim Reinhart

Jim Reinhart

Ygrene Energy Fund

Directors

Eric Alini

Eric Alini

Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate
Trenton Allen

Trenton Allen

Sustainable Capital Advisors
Caleb Bell

Caleb Bell

Bricker & Eckler
Carolyn Berndt

Carolyn Berndt

National League of Cities
Laura Bilas

Laura Bilas

Foley & Lardner
Deborah Burke

Deborah Burke

Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Roger Davis

Roger Davis

Orrick
Erin Deady

Erin Deady

Erin L. Deady, P.A.
Keith den Hollander

Keith den Hollander

Christian Coalition of America
Yaphett El-Amin

Yaphett El-Amin

MOKAN
Peter Erwin

Peter Erwin

NYCEEC
Rocco Fabiano

Rocco Fabiano

SD Renewables
Peter Grabell

Peter Grabell

Dividend Finance
Ashok Gupta

Ashok Gupta

Natural Resources Defense Council
Lain Gutierrez

Lain Gutierrez

CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital
Andy Holzhauser

Andy Holzhauser

Donovan Energy
Sarah Hunt

Sarah Hunt

Rainey Center
John Kinney

John Kinney

C-Change
Bali Kumar

Bali Kumar

PACE Loan Group
Fred Lee

Fred Lee

Bayview Asset Management
Mike Lemyre

Mike Lemyre

Congressional Bank
Chet Love

Chet Love

Cornerstone Group
Stephanie Mah

Stephanie Mah

DBRS Morningstar
Dee Martir

Dee Martir

Generac Grid Services
Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore

Ygrene Commercial
Gene Quarells

Gene Quarells

Rockwood Group
Laura Rapaport

Laura Rapaport

North Bridge Opportunities
Chris Robbins

Chris Robbins

GreenRock
Sandeep Srinath

Sandeep Srinath

ING
David Sykes

David Sykes

Chapman and Cutler
Dub Taylor

Dub Taylor

Texas PACE Authority
Jana Wesley

Jana Wesley

Loop Capital
Leah Wiggs

Leah Wiggs

Renew Financial

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