Jon Powers - Chairman & Co-Founder of CleanCapital
Jon leads corporate strategy and development, investorrelations, and marketing for CleanCapital.Jon's passion for clean energy derives from his time served with the US Army inIraq and the realization that a clean energy economy is vital to protectAmerica's national security interests. After helping revolutionize the USArmy's energy program, Jon was appointed by President Obama to serve as the FederalChief Sustainability Officer at theWhite House Council on Environmental Quality. Jon worked to establish theArmy’s 1 Gigawatt renewable energy goal and then stood up the EnergyInitiative’s Task Force to work with industry to develop projects on militaryinstallations. This work led to his efforts at the White House to triple thefederal government’s renewable energy goal to 20 percent by 2020, and thenstreamlining third party contracts (Power Purchase Agreements) to ensure thefactors are in place for industry to help achieve those goals.
While working in theAdministration, Jon recognized the disconnect between clean energy finance andthe investment community and implemented strategies to better address thisissue. Prior to CleanCapital, Jon was the managing Director for Public SectorBusiness Development at Bloom Energy.
Jon received an M.S.in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University, a B.A. from at JohnCarroll University. He served as a Captain in the US Army including a 15 tourin Baghdad, Iraq, and is a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project.