Martha is an operations specialist with over two decades of experience growing and strengthening mission-driven organizations. Martha was the founding employee at Sungevity, the Oakland-based residential solar company. She held several senior leadership positions there including COO, VP of Installation Operations, and VP Customer Care. She has worked with many other start-up ventures including the David Brower Center, Social Venture Institute, and The Borneo Project. As Vice President at Social Venture Network, Martha worked with social entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors, and philanthropists to leverage the power of business for social and environmental change. Martha’s introduction to sustainability was at WALHI in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she worked on communication and campaign strategies to halt destructive mining, rainforest devastation, and human rights abuses. She has served on several boards including International Rivers, The Borneo Project, Black Rock Solar, and Project Underground.
Brian is an attorney with over two decades of experience working for nonprofits, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies. His experience spans a diverse range of industries, including finance, software, publishing, energy, and philanthropy. Brian earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, started his legal career with the North Bay law firm of Gaw Van Male, and later served as in-house counsel for Catellus Development Corporation, Sybase, RSF Social Finance, and Clean Power Finance. Most recently he served as General Counsel for LendZoan, a crowdfunding company under the Achievest umbrella. Brian is a member of the California Bar and serves on the board of the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation.
Kim has 18 years of experience working with start-up enterprises, small- and medium-sized businesses and Fortune 500 companies to solve business, legal and capital raising challenges. She works with for-profit businesses, non-profit entities, and cooperatives to help them identify the best way to design a capital raising strategy that works with clients’ business strategy, marketing plans and long-term goals. Kim is Co-Chair of the East Bay Women In Business Roundtable and sits on the Board of Directors of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She is the former Board Chair of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. Kim lives, works and plays in Oakland, and is committed to helping her community be vibrant, socially responsible, and inclusive.
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.
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 a variety of short- and long-term consulting positions with international organizations, including Chemonics International, Global Communities, Handicap International, and American Councils for International Education. Most recently he was the publications editor on the USAID-funded Economic Growth Project in northern Montenegro and 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 University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He began his career working on grassroots initiatives in community development and education as a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan.
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.
Natalia Falcon is Cutting Edge Capital’s Staff Accountant. She graduated cum laude from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with a degree in Art History and Biology. Before moving to California, Natalia was an Americorps volunteer with New York Restoration Project, a not for profit organization dedicated to restoring parks and community gardens in underserved neighborhoods in New York City’s five boroughs. She is currently completing San Francisco State University’s Certificate in Public Accountancy and hopes to be a CPA candidate in 2015. Natalia is also Staff Accountant at Cutting Edge Counsel, our sister law firm.
Rebekah is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with over 20 years experience in a wide range of capital market activities. She has been a consultant on strategy, funding, and finance to a variety of start-ups, small businesses, and nonprofits that pursue environmentally and socially responsible strategies. An entrepreneur herself, Rebekah founded a workforce housing nonprofit in Idaho and has co-founded two other socially responsible ventures. She volunteers as an advisor to start-ups and small businesses through her association with the Clean Tech Open and Pacific Community Ventures. She currently assists in teaching Capital Markets to MBA candidates at Presidio Graduate School, where she received her MBA in sustainable business management practices.