PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ygrene Energy Fund, a leading national provider of PACE (property assessed clean energy) financing, announced today that executive vice chairman Stacey Lawson was named to the San Francisco Business Times’ list of Most Influential Women in Business, and will also participate as a keynote speaker at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) fourth annual Better Buildings Summit, held May 15-17, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
The San Francisco Business Times’ list, published April 28 celebrates outstanding women business leaders in the Bay Area across a variety of fields, including real estate and financing. Criteria for making the list focuses on those executives recognized for their business acumen and innovation as well as their leadership in the Bay Area communities they serve. Through Lawson’s work with Bay Area-based Ygrene, which provides residential, multifamily and commercial property assessed clean energy financing, advances clean energy initiatives and spurs job creation within the region.
Additionally, Lawson will share industry best practices at the DOE Better Buildings Summit, for which Ygrene has been a Financial Ally of DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge since 2011 and recipient of DOE’s Goal Achiever Award in 2016. She will participate in two panels at the Summit on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, one titled “Keynote: Partner Insider Talk”, and a second titled “Commercial PACE: What Does it Mean for the Market?”. The latter will examine the growing C-PACE segment of the industry.
Lawson’s participation in the Summit highlights Ygrene’s thought leadership within PACE, which is growing rapidly in both the residential and commercial sectors due to the innovative structure of the financing for property owners and broad appeal to local governments. PACE provides accessible and affordable financing to advance clean energy solutions in a manner that utilizes private capital to invest in communities without cost to taxpayers.
“It is an honor to be named as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business, but my inclusion on this list is also a tremendous testament to the hard work of Ygrene’s employees whose daily efforts ensure positive outcomes for our customers,” Lawson said. “I am eager to share the knowledge and expertise gleaned through our experiences with other stakeholders and forward-thinkers as Ygrene works to drive greater energy efficiency in America’s buildings over the next decade.”
Lawson is currently the executive vice chairman of Ygrene, and has 23 years of experience as a business executive in the areas of finance, clean energy, technology, and manufacturing. She served as Ygrene’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to 2016. Prior to Ygrene, Lawson was a candidate for U.S. Congress in California’s 2nd congressional district. She is a cofounder of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the UC Berkeley School of Engineering, and has held executive positions at Seibel Systems and Parametric Technology, and cofounded InPart Design. Lawson holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
About Ygrene Energy Fund
Ygrene Energy Fund is a leading national provider of residential, multifamily and commercial property assessed clean energy financing. The award-winning, privately-funded YgreneWorks program provides financing for energy efficiency, renewables and water conservation as well as, in certain areas, hurricane protection, electric vehicle charging stations and seismic upgrades. Ygrene is committed to making it easy for property owners to invest in their future and in a healthier environment. The YgreneWorks program creates jobs by investing in local communities and enabling state governments to achieve policy objectives. Learn more at ygreneworks.com.