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 $8 billion in energy improvement 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.
Today, I am the CEO of OhmConnect where we pay people to reduce electricity use when the grid is overloaded. Enabling flexible demand for energy is critical to efforts to transition to 100% clean electricity and reduce the use of fossil fuels in homes.
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’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
I am the Chief Executive Officer of OhmConnect, which has paid hundreds of thousands of households to reduce their energy use during peak periods. The Oakland-based firm regularly delivers enough energy savings to the grid to allow for three or more natural gas generation facilities to go offline – reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
Since 2019, I have served as an Advisor to the investment firm Titan Grove. Titan Grove builds profitable, impact-driven businesses that transform industries and promote sustainable, healthy, and just capitalism. My focus has been to find transformational approaches that will reduce carbon emissions, create jobs, and strengthen communities.
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.