Dan Leff has extensive operating experience building, leading and restructuring global energy services, industrial manufacturing, and technology and software companies. Previously, Dan worked as CEO of Hara Software, COO of Invensys Energy Management, CEO of Enron Energy Services, CEO of FMES and CEO of Pilot Energy. Dan serves as a board member of ServiceChannel, the Trudeau Institute, Point Positive, and on the advisory board of Carter Morse & Mathias. He was previously on the boards of Viridity Energy, Hara Software, Credit Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: CACC), the YMCA Camping Services Council of Greater New York and the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, NY. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York and has four children with his wife Pam of thirty-four years.
Dan Leff Executive Chairman
Reuben Munger founded Vision Ridge Partners in 2008 in order to bring decades of value investing experience to bear on what he saw as the financial opportunities presented by sustainable solutions. A former Managing Director with The Baupost Group, LLC, a leading investment firm with over $25 billion in assets, Reuben has also been a consultant to Texas Pacific Group and an Investment Banker with James D. Wolfensohn, Inc. His passion and expertise in electrified mobility, renewable electricity generation, the built environment and other assets make him a leader in sustainable investing. Reuben is a board member of Securing America’s Future Energy, a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Electrification Coalition, and a member of the League of Conservation Voters board of directors and serves on the boards of numerous private companies. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Politics and Economics and a B.S. in Business Administration.
Mark Lantrip recently retired from a 40-year career at the Southern Company where he most recently served as Executive Vice President and as CEO and Chair of Southern Company Services. In addition, Lantrip served as the Chair of the unregulated Southern Energy Resources group comprised of Southern Power, PowerSecure and Southern Holdings. He was responsible for overseeing the company’s unregulated growth and innovation business strategies; overseeing Southern Company’s industry-leading R&D organization; and its development of new technologies for the generation, delivery and use of energy. Furthermore, Lantrip was the Southern Company executive sponsor for customer, marketing, growth, and innovation activities across the regulated companies.
A thought leader at the Southern Company, Mark was instrumental in shaping strategy and recognizing as well as adopting technology and innovation to transform the industry. He was previously Southern Company Treasurer and EVP Finance Southern Company Services. Other experience includes generation planning, financial planning and risk management.
Operating Partner, Energy Impact Partners
Pier LaFarge is an entrepreneur, hunter and fly-fisherman based in Washington, DC. He loves to build and scale human systems and believes fiercely in the power of business model innovation to bring customer-first disruption where it is needed most. At ICF International, he co-founded a new consulting offering that helped corporate & municipal customers procure their building energy systems. Realizing that customers needed something better than their existing options, he quit his job and co-founded Sparkfund in 2013, working alongside major energy providers to change forever how building systems are delivered and managed.
Lindsay Luger has more than a decade of successful experience as an investor in energy technology companies. As a Vice President of Digital Power Capital and Wexford Capital, Ms. Luger worked on dozens of venture capital and growth equity transactions and has expertise in all key areas necessary for successful technology investing, ranging from deal sourcing, analyzing, due diligence and transaction structuring to portfolio oversight and exits. In addition, Ms. Luger gained operating experience by serving as Vice President of Finance at two portfolio companies. She holds a BA in Psychology from Columbia University (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa).
Partner, Energy Impact Partners
Shounok Sinha has over a decade of successful experience as a clean energy developer and investor. He currently serves as Managing Director at Constellation Technology Ventures (CTV), which is the venture investing arm of Constellation Energy. Shounok leads CTV’s investment strategy and is responsible for supporting the growth of the venture portfolio.
Prior to joining CTV, Shounok led the Investment Structuring and Product Development team within Constellation’s Renewables and Distributed Energy business. Shounok led new product development, financial structuring, and M&A across a variety of energy technologies focused on clean, resilient, and agile generation technologies & infrastructure projects.
Shounok holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumentation Engineering from BMS College of Engineering, India, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Ed currently serves as Strategy Advisor for Avista Corporation, after retiring in January 2023 from the role of Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. Schlect has over 30 years experience in the energy industry, and is serving or has served on numerous boards including EDO, Trove Predictive Data Science (acquired by E Source), Lumen Bioscience, Open Energy Solutions, Spirae, and Ignite Northwest.
While at Avista, Ed focused on driving growth for the company through service innovation, emerging technologies and new ventures in line with Avista’s core energy business. Schlect rejoined Avista in 2015 after serving as a founder of Ecova, an energy information firm, where he served in executive roles, including director of operations, vice president of product development, vice president of consulting services and executive vice president of corporate development. Schlect led the strategic planning for the company, evaluation of new energy technologies and merger/acquisition initiatives. These led to seven transactions which brought new services to customers and the eventual sale of Ecova to deliver value to shareholders.
Ed has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Washington State University and has completed a course in Operations Management at Harvard Business School. He has held a license as a Professional Engineer and certifications as a Green Building Engineer and as Certified Energy Manager. Ed serves on the board of directors of the Union Gospel Mission Foundation in Spokane, Washington, and is an avid cyclist, aspiring farmer, and woodworker.