The BRC Team

Miranda Ballentine

Miranda Ballentine

Managing Director – Washington, D.C.

Miranda Ballentine joined the Rocky Mountain Institute in September, 2017 as Managing Director of the Business Renewables Center, a member-based platform that accelerates corporate purchasing of off-site, large-scale wind and solar energy.

Until Jan 2017, Miranda was Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, & Energy), at the Pentagon, where she was responsible for the oversight, formulation, review and execution of plans, policies, programs and budgets for installations, energy, environment, safety and occupational health. She was the Senior Energy Official for a $9 Billion energy program, and she oversaw implementation of a $4.5 Billion construction budget, implemented by 50,000 people. Ms. Ballentine led sustainability for a portfolio of 170 Air Force bases, 50,000 facilities (615 million sq.ft.), 9 million acres of land, and over 100 threatened or endangered species.

Previously, Ms. Ballentine served as the Director of Sustainability for Global Renewable Energy and Sustainable Facilities at Walmart Stores, Inc., one of world’s largest, most complex, global organizations ($450 billion revenues). In this role, she developed and executed global strategies to reduce operating expenses in over 10,000 facilities in over 25 countries. Through acceleration of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainability, Miranda identified over $1 billion in potential annual expense reductions and 9 MMT of potential avoided GHG emissions.

In 2013, Miranda was selected by the World Economic Forum for membership in its Forum of Young Global Leaders.

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Lily Donge

Principal – Washington, D.C.

Lily Donge came from Ernst & Young having led their cleantech knowledge management. She has 20 years experience in sustainability, cleantech, and finance. She previously worked at Calvert Investments, where she led the firm’s energy, cleantech, and climate change due diligence. She created and managed sustainable investment processes for the Sustainability Index, Global Alternative Energy Fund, the Global Water Fund, and the first fund strategy on green bonds. Lily has been called on several times as an independent expert to review sustainability practices of companies. She has collaborated on dozens of stakeholder reviews and independent panels on corporate disclosure including sustainability disclosure guidelines for utilities. She serves on the Board of Alliance for Green Heat and Roberts Environmental Center. Prior to joining Calvert in 2001, she worked in the Institutions and Governance Program at the World Resources Institute and in investment services at Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette.

Lily has a global background, being originally from Vietnam, having grown up in the Philippines, and holding French citizenship. She has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and an MA in International Development Economics from Yale University and a BA in Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College.

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Rushad Nanavatty

Principal – Washington, D.C.

Rushad Nanavatty leads several of RMI’s research and collaboration efforts and client engagements in disruptive innovation, with a focus on distributed electricity resources (DER) and renewables. This includes efforts to grow the market for battery energy storage (both in front of and behind the meter), and projects with the Energy Web Foundation to develop promising applications for blockchain technology in the energy sector; including automated demand response, utility billing, renewable energy certification, and transactive energy. Rushad also works with RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC) to help cities and municipalities meet their renewable energy aspirations.

Prior to joining RMI, Rushad served as the founding COO of WeGen Energy, a DER start-up developing off-grid energy solutions and virtual power plants in the Philippines and Vietnam, utilizing a mix of distributed solar and battery energy storage.

Before Wegen, Rushad spent six years at McKinsey & Company as a member of the firm’s sustainability and resource productivity, infrastructure, and private equity practices. While at McKinsey he led projects for clients across Africa, Asia and the Americas; including market entry, growth, turn-around and sustainability strategies, operations transformations, reorganizations, and commercial due diligences. Rushad holds an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); and a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Delhi, St. Stephens College.

Ian Kelly

Ian Kelly

Manager – Boulder, CO

Ian joined the BRC team in fall 2014 and focuses much of his time on the development of the BRC’s products. He is currently leading the task force on risk allocation, which will result in the delivery of a primer on the topic at the May 2016 conference, and an analysis of the fair value of new wind or solar plants across the U.S. He previously managed the creation of the BRC Marketplace and authored the BRC’s Deal Structure Primer, Economic Analysis Primer, and Deal Process Guide.

Ian joined RMI after completing a masters degree in Energy & Environment at Duke University. Among his activities there, he conducted an analysis of the feasibility and environmental impacts of incorporating renewable energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency into a proposed islanded microgrid to power an artisanal diamond mine in Sierra Leone and was part of a multidisciplinary faculty and student research team working to develop an energy disaggregation system.

In his first career, Ian practiced corporate law in Chicago, where he represented clients in the energy utility, energy management/controls, information technology, consumer products, and private equity industries in a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions.

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Stephen Abbott

Manager – Boulder, CO

Stephen currently manages the BRC Marketplace platform and the BRC’s online presence. During his three years on the team, Stephen has led various initiatives for the BRC and drafted several of the BRC’s core offerings such as the Internal Support Guide, the Deal Dream Team Guide, and several of the BRC case studies. Prior to joining the BRC, Stephen’s work at RMI focused on helping large universities source renewable energy.

Stephen became interested in offsite renewables while a graduate student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he focused his attention on renewable energy and sustainability. To pursue this interest, Stephen spent his summer internship working in the wind development group at Apex Clean Energy in Charlottesville, VA.

Prior to attending graduate school, Stephen spent four years at an economic consulting firm, where he conducted research, performed econometric analysis, and used statistical programming languages to understand the financial impacts of corporate actions. Stephen has a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Williams College, MA.

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Mark Porter

Manager – Boulder, CO

Mark joined the Business Renewables Center in March 2016, working to accelerate offsite non-utility procured renewable energy transactions. Mark and the Business Renewables Center team raises awareness of the benefits and challenges with transactions, has built an ecosystem of members; and develop scalable tools and products for corporates to execute transactions.

In 2007 Mark connected personal passion with professional experience and specialised in the renewable energy sector. Mark worked for Ernst & Young’s transaction-focused renewable energy group for nine years. Working with projects across the technology spectrum in Europe and North America.

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Kevin Haley

Marketing Manager – Boulder, CO

Kevin Haley is a Program Marketing Manager at the Rocky Mountain Institute, where he leads marketing and communications for the Business Renewables Center. Kevin comes to the BRC with over six years of communications and marketing experience, most of which focused on the renewable energy industry covering a range of technologies like wind and solar, as well as in-depth work on cross-cutting issues including clean energy finance and policy issues.

Prior to BRC, Kevin was the director of communications at the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) in Washington, D.C. He also previously worked as a communications consultant to the American Wind Energy Association, the Sierra Club, The Energy Foundation and as the content strategy lead to the EnergyFactCheck campaign.

Kevin graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and a minor in German. In 2010, he completed an internship in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kevin is an avid skier, golfer and runner in his spare time and enjoys regular travel to visit friends and family in Chicago and Boston.

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Ali Rotatori

Associate – Washington, D.C.

Ali is an Associate within RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC), which she joined in October of 2016. Prior to joining RMI, Ali worked for SunEdison’s Commercial and Industrial practice for two years, focusing on solar projects in New England. Through working on both the Project Finance and Project Development teams she gained experience in everything from land acquisition, town permitting, and the utility interconnection process to structuring and building financial models to value projects and portfolios. Her passion for addressing climate change through disrupting the current carbon emitting status-quo stemmed from her education at Middlebury College, where she earned her BA in Environmental Science and Economics in 2014.

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Pamela Day

Program Coordinator – Boulder, CO

Pamela Day is the Program Coordinator for the Business Renewables Center (BRC) working to ensure all membership is expertly managed and executed per each client’s expectations. In addition, Pamela plans the conferences and boot-camps as well as attends and administers them for the BRC team. She serves as the “face” of the BRC at these important events.

Pamela joined BRC in January 2017 after working for a small software firm in Boulder. Previously, she worked for Constellation Energy in Baltimore for two years. Pamela’s experience includes extensive office management and C-Level executive support for both large and small corporations.

In addition, Pamela pursued a Broadway singing career with performances around the country including Saturday Night Live and the Boston Red Sox. She continues to perform locally in shows and cabaret. Pamela earned a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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Roberto Zanchi

Sr. Associate – Washington, D.C.

Roberto works on RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC) team where he focuses on supporting product development and growing the BRC’s membership.

Prior to joining RMI, Roberto worked at nonprofit CDP in Berlin and London, and helped to launch RE100, a global platform to make influential companies commit to 100% renewable electricity. Roberto ran the RE100 Technical Advisory Group and organized events to educate companies to international renewable energy procurement options.

Between 2005 and 2012, Roberto studied and worked in India, where he focused on bringing social enterprises and other market-based solutions to social development issues to scale. His work there included writing business plans for microfinance institutions, and market research for impact investors on new business models for drinking water supply.

Roberto holds an MSc in Energy Policy from Imperial College London, as well as an MSc in Economics and Management and a BSc in Economics and Management from Bocconi University. He is fluent in Italian, and can converse in German, Hindi, and Modern Greek.

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Rachit Kansal

Associate – New York, NY

Rachit is an Associate in RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC). He joined the organization in March 2017.

Rachit is coming fresh off a Master’s in Renewable Energy in Europe, where he completed a double-degree program that fused comprehensive technical knowledge with basic entrepreneurial know-how. Among the many projects he worked on, Rachit explored the feasibility to replace all of Ireland’s natural gas with waste-based biomethane, he looked at environmentally-friendly and economically favorable pathways for the Democratic Republic of Congo and proposed new energy efficiency performance indicators for supermarkets.

Rachit loves working across disciplines to bring new & exciting ideas and people to the table. He is all about impact and is excited to be in an organization with that very same mantra. In his spare time, you will find Rachit expounding his unsolicited views on blogs, learning new cooking recipes and roaming around New York with a camera in his hand

Alexander Klonick

Alexander Klonick

Associate – Boulder, CO

Alex is an associate with the Business Renewables Center based in Boulder. He began working with the team as an intern during the summer of 2016 where he focused on developing the market analysis platform. Aside from assisting other initiatives, he is passionate about opening new markets and scaling impact by developing data based tools that streamline decision making.

Prior to joining RMI, Alex worked at a vehicle telematics start up company, consulted on the development of an online water conservation tool for agricultural stakeholders, taught English as a second language, and volunteered on an Engineer’s Without Borders project in Panama. Beyond energy, he has applied his skills to co-found the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture. The group will help establish the nascent industries related to insects as feed and food by organizing the varied interests and resources. He is especially excited by the potential of the feed industry to address two significant ecological issues, food waste and over-fishing.

Alex graduated from Duke University with a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with a concentration in economics and policy. He also earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. In his spare time, you can find him designing a tiny home, cooking, tinkering, or exploring the vast rich outdoor experiences Colorado has to offer.