What is Allotrope Partners
Allotrope Partners’ mission is to accelerate and capitalize on the transition to a sustainable energy future.
Our role is to identify and develop companies and projects in the clean economy, help deploy pools of capital into those opportunities, and educate decision-makers on successful policy and investment paradigms. Allotrope’s investments span both developed and emerging markets, where ongoing policy, resource and technology shifts are generating higher returns, lower risk and simplified execution.
The Allotrope model is ultimately focused on identifying physical asset opportunities that generate both conventional outputs and environmental benefits. These opportunities can be either discrete projects or project development platforms that spin off multiple assets. Allotrope focuses on incubating projects in-house but also seeks opportunities to be a “developer of developers,” where we match the right capabilities with the right set of projects. Allotrope also makes small strategic investments in early-stage companies that stand on their own merits, but also show the potential to generate project development opportunities in our target markets.
Using early stage investment as a business development tool, but while also having core capabilities in project development, finance and environmental commodities, Allotrope views itself as merchant banking company focused on clean economy opportunities. Our long-term goal is to build a cohesive development and operating holding company that uses equity stakes, commercial structuring, financial engineering, operational capabilities and network intelligence to develop and deploy clean economy assets and businesses.
Our Core Team
|Marc Stuart, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer
Marc is a member of the Executive Committee and a recognized leader in the world of international emissions trading and low carbon finance. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics and the Claremont Graduate University. He lives in the San Francisco area with his wife, two children, and dog.
|Jack MacDonald, Partner and CFO
Jack is an environmental finance and commercial professional with 20 years of years of international experience, during which time he has accumulated a record of innovation in the emission reduction and clean energy project marketplace. He has been CFO of two public companies, including EcoSecurities. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He lives in North Vancouver, Canada with his wife and two children.
|Bob Hambrecht, Partner
Bob has worked in investment banking, venture investing, and project development in the alternative energy and technology field for more than 20 years. He has a degree from the University of California, Berkeley and has a Master of Public Affairs from Columbia University with a focus on Economic Development, Project Finance, and Urban Planning. He lives in the San Francisco area with his wife, three children, and dog.
|Ethan Ravage, Partner
Ethan has more than 30 years experience as an investment banker and consultant in the energy, emissions trading, and IT sectors, and has lived in Tokyo, New York and San Francisco. He has worked for the world’s leading trade organizations focused on emissions performance, energy trading, and their related capital markets. Ethan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, daughter, and dog.
|Alexia Kelly, Managing Advisor
Alexia has worked with government, NGOs, philanthropy and private equity on climate change mitigation policy design and implementation for a decade. Her work has spanned emissions trading market design, the international climate change negotiations, and low emissions development strategies in developing countries. She holds a BA in Planning, Public Policy and Management, a Master of Community and Regional Planning, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oregon.
|Jason Venetoulis, Partner and Chief Solar Officer
Jason has extensive experience in solar PV project origination, deal negotiations, site evaluations, system design (off-grid and on), economic modeling, marketing, strategy, policy analysis, and project sales and development – from 2 KW residential in the US to 20 MW abroad. Over the last decade, his work has resulted in the installation of over 400 solar energy systems. He holds NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification, BA from Pitzer College, and MA & PHD from Claremont Graduate University. Jason splits time between Oakland and British Columbia.
|Erik Chan, Director of Renewable Energy Development in Southeast Asia
Erik manages Allotrope Solar and has 15 years of experience in business origination, project development and management of clean energy and emission mitigation projects across Southeast Asia. He has experience in biofuels, solar, waste to energy, and biomethane projects. Erik graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy. He lives in Singapore.
|Marlon Apaňada, Managing Director of Allotrope Philippines
Marlon is responsible for overseeing the company’s business origination, regulatory policy monitoring, and project development activities. His 12 years experience in the clean energy space include previously working for a United States Agency for International Development project as an Environmental Specialist, at the Transnational Renewable Energy Corporation as Business Development Manager, and at EcoSecurities Philippines as an Origination Manager. He has also been a Consultant to the Office of Philippine Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and an Advisor to then solar start-up Solar Philippines. Trained in Berlin, throughout Southeast Asia, and Manila on clean energy-specific strategies for business development, contract negotiation, and financial modeling, he holds a B.S.degree in Environmental Science from the Ateneo de Manila University.
|Gina Lisdiani, Managing Director of Allotrope Indonesia
Gina has worked in the renewable energy and low emission development field in Indonesia for more than a decade. Based in Jakarta, Gina manages Allotrope’s business origination activities through engagement with qualified local partners, networking with relevant government offices, and navigating policy and regulatory requirements related to renewable energy project development, specifically focused on solar and low-head hydro deployment. Ms. Lisdiani holds her Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering and Master degree in Business and Technology from Bandung Institute of Technology.
|Simon Clopton, Managing Director of Allotrope Mexico
Simon manages Allotrope’s presence and project development in Mexico and has worked in environmental conservation, community development, and non-profit sectors for over 10 years. His project development work includes the creation and management of a nature reserve and research center in Southeastern Mexico. Simon spent much of the last decade living in Mexico where he served as director of an NGO dedicated to ecosystem restoration and biodiversity preservation on the Yucatan Peninsula. He received his Bachelor degree from UC San Diego and currently splits his time between Mexico and Atlanta.
|Lach Litwer, Director of Energy Storage
Lach leads work at Allotrope developing integrated renewable energy, storage, and microgrid projects in key emerging markets. He has worked in storage and microgrid development for over six years. His experience includes service as an Obama Administration appointee to the Department of Defense where he advised the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force on energy security, storage, and renewable energy integration into critical military operations. During his time at the Pentagon, Lach led public private partnership pilot projects to deploy energy storage and integrated microgrids, providing installation energy security as well as critical grid connected ancillary services. In addition to his role at Allotrope, Lach is a Co-Founder of Optimist Capital Partners LLC, a real estate development and investing company. In 2015, Lach received an MBA with emphasis on Finance and Real Estate from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. In addition to his civilian professional experience, he currently serves as a Civil Affairs Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
|Rachel Posner Ross, Director of Partnerships for Energy Policy and Investment
Rachel is an energy policy professional with over 10 years of experience working in think tanks, US government agencies, and consultancies. Before joining Allotrope, Rachel lived in Myanmar, where she conducted sustainable energy market analysis for various clients. Previously, Rachel worked in the US Defense Department, where she developed policies, strategies, and public-private partnerships to improve energy management in US military operations. Rachel is also an adjunct fellow (non-resident) with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Energy Program. She holds a BA from UCLA and MPhil from the University of Cambridge.
|Jess Swearingen, Clean Energy Project Manager
Jess focuses on renewable energy policy and finance research and analysis. She supports Allotrope’s project development activities in Southeast Asia and is a key team member of the company’s Advisory practice. Prior to Allotrope Partners, Jess worked in education, program design and management, and community outreach at Atlas Charter School in Colorado Springs. Jess holds an MPH from George Washington University.
|Fernanda Peñaloza, Consultant
Fernanda has focused on environmental policy and climate change in Mexico for over a decade. Her experience includes working for Mexico’s environmental protection agency (SEMARNAT), non-profit associations such as Centro Mario Molina, and the private sector where she collaborated on US-Mexico cross border environmental issues and the development of renewable energy projects. She has a law degree from Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM) and an LLM degree from Georgetown University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Souheil manages VFlare and Vfuels. He is a project developer with 20 years experience in renewable energy and emission reduction projects, principally in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Canada. He has direct experience in biomethane, wind, gas flare, and biomass energy projects. Souheil holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from Athabasca University. Souheil lives in Beirut with his wife and two children.
|Tim Woodward, Executive Committee
Tim joined Prelude Ventures in 2013 after 15 years with Nth Power, where he led investments in companies involved in renewable energy, demand response, advanced materials, storage and utility customer management. He was the lead investment partner for the firm’s successful investments in Evergreen Solar (ESLR), Comverge (COMV) and Proton Energy Systems (DESC). Tim received his MBA from UCLA and his BS in Resource Economics from UC Berkeley. He serves on the Board of AllConnect.
|Mark Burget, Executive Committee
Mark serves as the North America Managing Director of the The Nature Conservancy. He returned to TNC after serving as President and COO of the ClimateWorks Foundation. He previously served as TNC’s Chief Conservation Programs Officer, overseeing country programs in North America, Latin America, Africa, Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region. Mark also has served at TNC as Director of Global Priorities, Director of the California Program and Director of the Colorado Program. He earned both his JD and MBA from the University of Virginia and his BA in Government from Dartmouth College. Mark serves on the board of the Energy Foundation and has served on the boards of the ECF, the International Council on Clean Transportation, the Climate and Land Use Alliance, and Bio-Logical Capital.