Before joining Cutting Edge Capital, Andy worked internationally for close to 10 years. A fluent Russian speaker, he was previously the development manager of the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia, a non-governmental organization that promotes social entrepreneurship in the countries of the former Soviet Union. He has held short- and long-term consulting positions with international organizations ranging from Chemonics International to Global Communities to American Councils for International Education. Most recently he was the publications editor on the USAID-funded Economic Growth Project in northern Montenegro as well as the editor on the Regional Economic Cooperation Project in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Andy has an MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from the University of Texas, Austin and a BA in Geography from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He began his career working on grassroots initiatives in community development and education as a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan. Follow Andy on Twitter.
Seth has over 30 years of experience in energy risk and commodity portfolio management, market design, utility delivery, renewables, and demand-side management services. He was the chief risk officer of an electricity clearinghouse he helped found in 2005 that was acquired by NASDAQ OMX in 2010. He has been an energy consultant to businesses, utilities, and government agencies and has served in a variety of management roles at both investor-owned and municipal utilities. He is currently assisting a number of startup energy and environmental technology companies with business and market development and helping the Near North Community in Chicago, IL with a community needs assessment for program outreach. Seth holds an MS in Decision Sciences from the University of Memphis and is a registered Energy Risk Professional by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Tony Haske, Renewable Energy & Cleantech Specialist
Tony has over eight years of experience in the solar industry, performing various roles that span the distributed generation and utility solar markets. Following a start in bringing solar to homeowners and businesses, Tony worked on project financing for municipalities and schools, and utility-scale project development. He has been a consultant to various solar installers and a representative to solar module manufacturers. Tony’s background includes supporting policy development for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and studying air quality issues. He has authored a renewable energy course for UCLA’s Extension Program, which he is currently teaching. As an advocate of sustainable rural electrification, Tony has managed the design and construction of solar electricity systems for schools in Africa and Haiti. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a BS in Philosophy, and an MS in Atmospheric Physics.
Kristin has over fifteen years experience in strategic planning, finance, operations, marketing, training, and business transformation. Recent projects including Climate Action Plans for local governments, Sustainable Operating and Implementation Plans for the private sector, and Greenhouse Gas Inventories using the Local Government Operating Protocol from ICLEI. Kristin’s technical background includes seven years at a Big 6 Accounting and Consulting firm where she worked as a Senior Manager specializing in the hospitality, real estate, and manufacturing industries. Kristin holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco and an Executive MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School where she is an adjunct professor of Sustainable Urban Economic Policy and Development.
Scott has spent over 20 years as a venture capital fund manager, first with publicly-traded Capital Southwest Corporation and more recently with private venture firm Triton Ventures, and he has managed corporate finance and acquisition programs for a public software company (Vignette Software, acquired by OpenText) as well as for a Fortune 100 private company. He has served as director on over a dozen venture-backed company boards and several non-profit boards, was a founding organizer of Slow Money Texas / Slow Money Austin and remains active in business and non-profit activities, including Slow Money, in Texas as well as in his new home in the Bay Area. Scott has Series 79 and 63 investment banking credentials and does investment banking and financial consulting with Pasadera Capital when not dabbling with winemaking and microlending through Rockroom Wine Company.