[Webinar] Green Finance Is Infrastructure: The $100 Billion Opportunity for Green Banks

June 2nd, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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June 2nd, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

With ambitious climate, energy, and sustainability commitments emerging at the national and local levels in the United States, substantial investment will be required to meet this demand. Green banks are poised to meet this moment by leveraging public dollars to unlock large amounts of private sector capital in line with these commitments, delivering jobs in addition to environmental and economic benefits. To accelerate the impact already being made by state, city, and local green banks, the federal government is considering a national green bank. Green banking experts will be in conversation to discuss successes, challenges, and opportunities to build a future where all banking is green banking.

Speakers

Damon Burns

Damon Burns
President and CEO
Finance New Orleans

Damon Burns is a New Orleans native and public finance professional with more than 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship, investment banking, corporate banking and economic development. He is currently the President & CEO of Finance New Orleans. The Finance Authority is a housing and economic development finance agency that has financed over $600 million of affordable housing and economic development projects in New Orleans.

Eli Hopson

Eli Hopson
CEO
DC Green Bank

Eli Hopson is CEO of DC Green Bank, where he leads the strategic and operational implementation of DC Green Bank’s programs and fosters relationships with key partners and stakeholders. His thoughtful and decisive approach has so far successfully led DC Green Bank through the challenge of launching operations during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Under his steady leadership, DC Green Bank has developed its first financial offerings, established strategic relationships, and explored opportunities to realize the District’s ambitious Clean Energy goals and DC Green Bank’s mission of becoming the integrated hub of information and investment to accelerate DC’s transition to a sustainable and thriving future.

Alex Kragie

Alex Kragie
Director
American Green Bank Consortium

Alex Kragie is the Director of the American Green Bank Consortium. Previously, Alex was the Acting Executive Director of the Montgomery County Green Bank, the nation’s first county-level Green Bank. He has also led work on the Nevada Clean Energy Fund and other Coalition for Green Capital initiatives.

Kerry O'Neill

Kerry O'Neill
CEO
Inclusive Prosperity Capital

As CEO, Kerry brings her experience with the kinds of institutional challenges – and opportunities – associated with clean energy investing for our communities that need it most and combines it with a passion for bringing the benefits of clean energy to underinvested neighborhoods and markets. Kerry has been beyond fortunate to work with the outstanding Connecticut Green Bank team to deploy award winning products for low-to-moderate income communities – and is thrilled to be working with the team that has spun out into Inclusive Prosperity Capital to bring these products to a broader market. Kerry’s favorite quote is “Be the change you wish to see in the world” and can’t believe she has the good fortune to come to work every day and do just that, showing her kids it really is possible.

Mike Dow

Mike Dow
Partner
Womble Bond Dickinson

Mike concentrates his practice on public and project finance. He represents lenders, investors, underwriters, issuers, borrowers, and other participants in taxable and tax-exempt transactions for infrastructure projects, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, manufacturing, transportation, and health and higher education facilities, among others. His experience includes public offerings and private placements of transactions that utilize state and local incentives, federal tax credits and other enhancements.

Mark Henriques

Mark Henriques
Partner
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Mark focuses on complex commercial cases, including the defense of class actions.He has served a lead counsel on four $5M+ class actions filed in North Carolina federal courts since 2018.He has successfully litigated cases involving construction, real estate, fraud, unfair trade practices, non-compete, non-solicit and non-disclosure agreements, and breach of contract. Mark has served as first chair in more than nine jury trials, five of which lasted a week or longer. He has successfully argued cases before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. Mark is also a NCDRC certified mediator and AAA panel member.

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