Hello, I’m Cisco
In 2007, I was working to help people switch to solar power when I noticed a big problem — people couldn’t pay the big upfront cost, even if they would save money over time. That was when I came up with the idea for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), which has now financed over $6 billion in energy efficiency projects.
In 2008, I co-founded the firm Renew Financial, which became one of the largest dedicated clean energy finance entities in the United States. Prior to founding Renew Financial, I spent 15 years in political and policy roles — including as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife and two children. I enjoy coaching baseball, rooting for the Oakland A’s, traveling to off-the-beaten path locations, and cooking meals for family and friends.
I currently serve on the board of PACENation and as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Titan Grove. I’m passionate about how we transition to clean energy and a build a low carbon economy. Let me know how I can help!
Where I’ve Worked
In 2019, I joined Titan Grove as an Entrepreneur in Residence. Titan Grove builds profitable, impact-driven businesses that transform industries and promote sustainable, healthy, and just capitalism. I am currently working to find transformational approaches that will reduce carbon emissions, create jobs, and strengthen communities.
I have provided policy, media, entrepreneurship, and political guidance for a wide variety of clients from members of Congress to Fortune 500 companies to local non-profit organizations.
In 2008 I co-founded the firm Renew Financial, one of the largest dedicated clean energy finance entities in the United States. As Chief Executive Officer, I raised over $2 billion in private capital for energy efficiency and clean energy projects and financed improvements on over 100,000 homes in states from California to New York to Florida.
City of Berkeley
I spent five years as the Chief of Staff to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, where I managed the Mayor’s staff, the bi-annual budget proposal to the City Council, numerous land use projects, and the City’s environmental leadership agenda. It was during this time that I envisioned and led development of the first PACE program.
In 1996, I was appointed to the administration of President Bill Clinton, serving as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and in other roles within the White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Duties included the management of diplomatic trips across the world and the rollout of key Presidential policy initiatives throughout the United States.