About PACENation

Our mission

Our mission is to promote Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing by providing leadership and support for a growing universe of PACE market participants.

Our vision

Buildings use nearly half the energy we consume in the United States, and three quarters of the electricity, making them more efficient creates a huge opportunity for savings and positive change. Energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives make America more independent and our states more energy secure, avoid the costs of building power plants and transmission systems, save money, create jobs and protect the environment.

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PACENation: Promoting PACE and Building the Market

PACENation is movement of people and organizations who are joined in their support for PACE financing. Members may have different individual goals, but they share a desire to create energy and resource-efficient communities. You, your colleagues, and the organizations you represent are invited to join and lend your voices to thousands of others. Becoming a member of PACENation reflects a commitment to our shared objective: making PACE financing available throughout the United States.

Our work is made possible by the generous support of our funders: the Energy Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Kresge Foundation, and the Tilia Fund. We are also grateful for grants we have received from Johnson Controls, Inc., the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network, and several private individuals.

Meet our team

David Gabrielson
Executive Director

David was introduced to PACE while developing Energize Bedford, an energy efficiency financing program for homes in Bedford, New York, where he served as an elected Councilman for six years. Before his careers in energy and politics, David spent over 20 years as an investment banker to state and local governments, financing a wide range of capital facilities and programs at national firms including Credit Suisse First Boston and J.P. Morgan.  David earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Masters Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University.

George Caraghiaur
Senior Fellow

George joined PACENation as Senior Fellow in April 2014. Until recently, he was SVP, Sustainability for Simon Property Group, an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s sustainability strategy, including energy efficiency, waste recycling, renewable energy, tenant engagement, sustainable construction, and transparent reporting. George holds a Master of Science from Penn State University, and a Bachelor of Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Kristina Klimovich
PACENation Fellow

Kristina joined PACENation in March 2012 and worked as Director of Communications and Market Research until early 2016. As a PACENation Fellow, she provides states and municipalities with the proper tools to advocate for PACE-enabling legislation and implement successful PACE programs. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the New School University.

Elyssa Rothe
Director, Policy and Market Development

Elyssa joined PACENation in January 2016, after working with Energize NY, NY State’s PACE program, for 4 years. She has spent her career working in the clean energy sector, primarily under several marketing and outreach contracts for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for 2 non-profit organizations in Westchester County. Elyssa graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in social entrepreneurship, and received a Professional Certificate in Fundraising from NYU in 2014.

Mike Centore
Sustainability Associate

Mike joined PACENation as Sustainability Associate in July 2015. He works with PACE practitioners to collect market data for residential and commercial PACE projects and serves as a contact for questions about the PACE market. Before joining PACENation, Mike was introduced to the sustainability field through internships with the Environmental Defense Fund and Context, a sustainability consultancy. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Economics from Rutgers University.

Our Board of Directors

Jessica Bailey
CEO, GreenWorks Lending

George Caraghiaur
Founder, Energy & Sustainability Services LLC and Senior Fellow, PACENation

Cisco DeVries
President of Renew Financial

David Gabrielson
Executive Director, PACENation

Donald Gilligan
President, NAESCO

Ashok Gupta
Director of Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council

Jane Elias
Program Manager, Sonoma County Energy Independence Program

Beau Engman
Founder, PACE Equity

Laura Franke
Managing Director, Public Financial Management

Andy Holzhauser
Founder and CEO, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

John Kinney
Founder and Executive Chairman, CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital

Charles McGinnis
Sr. Director Energy Solutions, Johnson Controls

JP McNeill
Founder and CEO, Renovate America

Jeffrey Tannenbaum
Founder of PACENow and Fir Tree Partners

Kristina KlimovichAbout us