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

We envision a future in which PACE financing is used to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resiliency upgrades to homes and commercial buildings in every municipality across the United States. By making clean energy financing more affordable and more convenient, PACE will continue to improve America’s energy independence and energy security, 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 2012 and worked as Director of Communications and Market Research until early 2016. As a PACENation Fellow, her goal is to accelerate the development of the PACE market and lower barriers to entry for new PACE service providers. In this capacity, Kristina is promoting PACE financing in Europe by working with both private and public sectors. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the New School University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from University of Alaska Southeast.

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
Director, Market Research

Mike joined PACENation in July 2015 and has worked as Director of Market Research since January 2017. He works on PACENation’s efforts to track and summarize nationwide PACE market developments and project closings and creates informational products for PACENation’s members. 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

Jane Elias
Program Manager, Sonoma County Energy Independence Program

Beau Engman
Founder, PACE Equity

Laura Franke
Managing Director, Public Financial Management

David Gabrielson
Executive Director, PACENation

Donald Gilligan
President, NAESCO

Ashok Gupta
Director of Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council

Andy Holzhauser
Partner, Donovan Energy

Bert Hunter
Chief Investment Officer, CT Green Bank

John Kinney
Founder and Executive Chairman, CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital

Stacey Lawson
Executive Vice Chairman, Ygrene Energy Fund

JP McNeill
Founder and CEO, Renovate America

Jeffrey Tannenbaum
Founder of PACENow and Fir Tree Partners

Kristina KlimovichAbout us