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PACENation Announces 2020 PACESetters and PACE Champions

Twenty-eight leaders were recognized for their efforts to strengthen the PACE marketplace for local governments and American property owners

OAKLAND, CA, August 31, 2020 – PACENation, the nonprofit organization that advocates for expanded access to PACE financing, announced today the recipients of the 2020 PACESetter Awards and honored three PACE Champions for their distinguished leadership in the PACE marketplace. PACESetters were honored in several categories, including policy innovation, program design, excellence in achieving economic and environmental benefits, and for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the PACE marketplace.

PACENation also released a video to recognize and highlight some of this year’s PACESetters and PACE Champions. The video is available here:

“On behalf of the PACE community, it is an honor to congratulate these extraordinary leaders, whose vision and perseverance have helped thousands of American property owners to save energy, reduce carbon emissions, and strengthen their homes and businesses against natural disasters,” said Colin Bishopp, Executive Director of PACENation. “To date, PACE financing has created 130,000 local jobs, injected $16 billion into local economies, and reduced carbon emissions by over 7 million metric tons.”

“PACE is collaborative,” added Charlene Heydinger, 2020 PACE Champion and CEO of Texas PACE Authority. “This is not a recognition of one person, it’s about the hundreds of volunteers and the vision we share for what PACE can be when we work together for the greater good. It’s about the ‘why’ that drives us. We’re in this together, and now more than ever, we need to help create new economies and inspire environmental benefits for communities.”

2020 PACE Champions

PACE Champions are recognized for extraordinary leadership over multiple years to strengthen and expand the PACE marketplace. The 2020 PACE Champions are:

  • Cisco Devries, OhmConnect
  • Charlene Heydinger, Texas PACE Authority
  • Bert Hunter, Connecticut Green Bank

2020 PACESetters

PACESetter Awards are designed to recognize individuals and teams whose efforts have advanced PACE as a critical public policy tool that strengthens communities. The 2020 PACESetters are:


PACESetter Award for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the PACE marketplace:

  • Mary Berbae, CleanFund
  • Yaphett El-Amin, MOKAN


PACESetter Award for excellence in program design and implementation:

  • Keirstin Beck, Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher
  • Steve Bellone, Suffolk County, NY
  • Sammy Chu, Edgewise Energy
  • Dorian Dale, Suffolk County, NY
  • Jane Elias, Sonoma County, CA


PACESetter Award for excellence in achieving environmental, economic, and resiliency benefits:

  • Josh Campbell, Missouri Energy Initiative


PACESetter Award for excellence in advocacy and policy innovation

  • Carolyn Berndt, National League of Cities
  • Chris Castro, City of Orlando, FL
  • Bernadette del Chiaro, California Solar and Storage Association
  • Bruce Elfant, Travis County, TX
  • Graham Filler, State of Michigan
  • Keith den Hollander, Christian Coalition
  • Abby Johnson, Virginia PACE
  • Jay Murdoch, Owens Corning
  • Adam Rose, University of Southern California
  • Justin Strachan, Ygrene Energy Fund
  • Dan Wei, University of Southern California


PACESetter Award for lenders whose leadership helped C-PACE Administrators and capital providers expand PACE in their state:

  • Chip Bray, Prosperity Bank
  • Kyle Henderson, FirstBank
  • Martha Kavalauskas, Huntington National Bank
  • Jeffrey A. Klaus, Webster Bank
  • Stanley D. Koopmans, State Bank of Cross Plains
  • Mark A. Reifel, TCF Bank



PACENation is the nonprofit membership organization that advocates for expanded access to PACE financing. PACENation provides resources and support to local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that are committed to allowing American property owners to improve the efficiency and resiliency of their homes and businesses with PACE.

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