Ygrene Executive Vice Chairman Stacey Lawson Named Among Most Influential Women in Business by San Francisco Business Times

May 17, 2017

Ygrene Executive Also Scheduled to Speak on Commercial PACE at U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Summit

PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ygrene Energy Fund, a leading national provider of PACE (property assessed clean energy) financing, announced today that executive vice chairman Stacey Lawson was named to the San Francisco Business Times’ list of Most Influential Women in Business, and will also participate as a guest speaker at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) fourth annual Better Buildings Summit, held May 15-17, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Lawson’s appearance on the San Francisco Business Times’ list, published April 28, is her first such inclusion on the annual list, which celebrates approximately 150 women business leaders in the Bay Area across a variety of fields, including real estate and financing. Criteria for making the list focuses on those executives recognized for their business acumen and innovation as well as their leadership in the Bay Area communities they serve.

Through Lawson’s work with Bay Area-based Ygrene, which provides residential, multifamily and commercial property assessed clean energy financing, she has been instrumental in creating and building an organization that provides a unique form of financing that facilitates a wide range of property improvements while serving as a job creation engine within the communities it serves.

Additionally, Lawson will be lending her expertise to those in attendance at the DOE Better Buildings Summit, for which Ygrene has been a Financial Ally/Partner of DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge since 2011. She will be participating in two panels at the Summit on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, one titled “Partner Insider Talk”, and a second titled “Commercial PACE: What Does it Mean for the Market?”. The latter will examine the growing C-PACE segment of the industry.

Lawson’s participation in the Summit highlights Ygrene’s thought leadership within PACE, which is growing rapidly in the commercial space due to the innovative structure of the financing for businesses and broad appeal to local governments. PACE provides accessible and affordable financing to advance clean energy solutions in a manner that utilizes private capital to invest in communities by creating sustainable solutions without cost to taxpayers.

“It is a wonderful honor to be named as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business, but my inclusion on this list is also a tremendous testament to the hard work of Ygrene’s employees whose efforts on a daily basis position us for greater growth and further customer satisfaction,” Lawson said. “I am also eager to share our knowledge and expertise gleaned through these experiences, with other stakeholders and forward-thinkers as Ygrene seeks to drive greater energy efficiency in America’s commercial spaces over the next decade.”

Lawson is currently the executive vice chairman of Ygrene, and has 23 years of experience as a business executive in the areas of finance, clean energy, technology, and manufacturing. She served as Ygrene’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to 2016. Prior to Ygrene, Lawson was a candidate for U.S. Congress in California’s 2nd congressional district. She is a cofounder of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the UC Berkeley School of Engineering, and has held executive positions at Seibel Systems and Parametric Technology, and cofounded InPart Design. Lawson holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

About Ygrene Energy Fund

Ygrene Energy Fund is a leading national provider of residential, multifamily and commercial property assessed clean energy financing. The award-winning, privately-funded Ygrene program provides financing for energy efficiency, renewables and water conservation as well as, in certain areas, hurricane protection, electric vehicle charging stations and seismic upgrades. Ygrene is committed to making it easy for property owners to invest in their future and in a healthier environment. The Ygrene program creates jobs by investing in local communities and enabling state governments to achieve policy objectives. Learn more at ygrene.com.


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