Technical Assistance


J. Caleb Bell

Green Financing 101
Tuesday February 1 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Caleb Bell is chair of Bricker & Eckler’s Public Finance practice group with a regional practice that emphasizes public finance and economic development matters. He has served as bond counsel in a wide variety of transactions. His clients include Ohio governments, private developers, and property owners.  Caleb has broad experience in infrastructure finance, development finance, project finance, and energy finance, and is well known for his representation of special purpose financing entities.  Caleb is a graduate of Otterbein University and Georgetown Law.

Dylan F. Borchers

Solar Projects
Thursday August 11 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Democratization of Power
Tuesday September 27 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Abigail Johnson

Organizing PACE Programs
Tuesday May 3 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Abacus Property Solutions

Abby Johnson is Executive Director and founder of the Virginia PACE Authority (VPA) and President of Abacus Property Solutions (Abacus).  Since 2012, Abby has specialized in PACE financing, advising commercial building owners, lenders and public sector clients in PACE project and program development. She has been instrumental in developing PACE programs around the country through crafting of PACE legislation, creating program guidelines, and launching and administering PACE programs. In her capacity as an advisor, Abby works with building owners to develop “PACE-able” projects, structure PACE within the capital stack, and source senior debt as needed. Currently, Abby and her team are the state PACE program administrators for both Virginia and Maryland.
Prior to specializing in PACE, Abby worked for over 15 years in commercial real estate in the US and Europe as an architect, management consultant, and commercial mortgage banker. She is the recipient of numerous awards at both the state and national level and has been successful in garnering numerous grants around energy efficiency and resiliency. Abby is active in supporting affordable housing, sustainability, and economic development, evidenced by her service as a Board member of Virginia Housing, PACE Nation, the MidAtlantic PACE Alliance, and Wahoos for Sustainability.  She has a Bachelor of Architectural History from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Business from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

Christopher Jones

Organizing PACE Programs
Tuesday May 3 2:00 - 4:00 PM

PACE Financing Consultant
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Chris Jones has more than 20 years of experience in the residential and commercial real estate
sector. His focus has been primarily on the energy efficiency aspects of buildings, including
financing options.

Having worked in various management roles, Chris blends his significant technical building
knowledge with the oversight of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs funded with a
combination of federal, state and local grant dollars. He has had direct oversight and
management of PACE program administration and the coordination of PACE stakeholders,
including lenders, legal counsel, local governments, contractors, property managers and mortgage

Chris is the former director of PACE with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, where he, among
other tasks, oversaw the creation and implementation of two successful PACE “brands,” which
combined over $30 million in PACE loan closings. He also has on-the-ground experience in
residential and commercial construction and maintenance, including heating and cooling,
insulation and environmental inspection.

Colin Kalvas

PACE and Traditional Lending Institutions
Tuesday November 22 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Colin Kalvas is a public finance and economic development attorney. Colin serves political subdivisions, financial institutions, developers and special purpose districts such as special improvement districts and new community authorities in many different capacities related to the issuance of bonds, securities law, federal income tax law, contracts, real property acquisition, development, leasing and governmental revenues.
Colin has been at the forefront of developing property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing in Ohio. His PACE efforts include serving as counsel to PACE administrators and energy special improvement districts throughout Ohio, as well as serving as bond counsel and lender’s counsel to Ohio port authorities and other financial institutions that finance energy efficiency and clean energy projects through PACE. He is well known within the PACE community. He has extensive experience negotiating, documenting and closing PACE transactions, including as part of complex capital stacks.

Robert McCarthy

Solar Projects
Thursday August 11 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Rob McCarthy is a public finance attorney. He serves as bond counsel, issuer's counsel and underwriter's counsel on general obligation and structured revenue financings. Rob also works with public and private clients to establish and manage economic development incentives and special purpose districts, including joint economic development districts and new community authorities. In addition, Rob provides general counsel representation on public law matters, drawing upon his prior experience as a law clerk to Justice Yvette McGee Brown on the Supreme Court of Ohio and as an assistant attorney general and legal advisor to Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.

Rob is a member of Bricker & Eckler’s Recruiting Committee and is a recent graduate of the firm’s leadership development program.

Kerry O'Neill

Green Financing 101
Tuesday February 1 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Inc.

Kerry E. O’Neill is the Chief Executive Officer of Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Inc., a not-for-profit investment fund that was spun out of the Connecticut Green Bank in 2018 to scale up impact for underserved communities and underinvested markets across the country. Inclusive Prosperity Capital operates at the intersection of community development, clean energy finance, and climate impact using a collection of products and strategies that use an ecosystem approach to matching capital supply with project demand through mission-aligned partners on the ground. Prior to joining IPC, Ms. O’Neill led the residential energy financing programs and low-income initiatives at the Connecticut Green Bank, a state entity that works with private-sector investors to create low-cost, long-term sustainable financing for clean energy to maximize the use of public funds. Her work at IPC and the Connecticut Green Bank has given her keen insight into the institutional challenges – and opportunities – associated with clean energy investing for underserved communities. Prior to joining the Green Bank, Ms. O’Neill held executive management roles in strategy, operations, and marketing in diverse sectors including financial services, energy efficiency, e-commerce, and direct marketing. She earned a B.S. in computer science and engineering from MIT and an M.S. from NYU Tisch School of the Art’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Devin Parram

Democratization of Power
Tuesday September 27 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Jeff Reinkemeyer

Solar Projects
Thursday August 11 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Director, Eastern Renewables Development
Avangrid Renewables

Jason Tiemeier

Organizing PACE Programs
Tuesday May 3 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Jason Tiemeier is a member of the Bricker & Eckler Public Finance practice group. He works with local governments, special purpose districts, developers, and financial institutions on a variety of public finance and local government matters. His practice includes the structuring and documentation of economic development projects and general obligation and revenue bond transactions. Jason has experience with a variety of economic development tools such as tax increment financing (TIF), community reinvestment areas (CRA), new community authorities (NCA), and joint economic development districts (JEDD). Jason has also been involved with the rapid development of property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing in Ohio. He provides general counsel services to energy special improvement districts and bond and lender’s counsel services to the organizations that finance energy efficiency and clean energy projects through PACE.

Abe Wapner

Green Financing 101
Tuesday February 1 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Program Director
Coalition for Green Capital

Abe is a Program Director at CGC where he works to support state and local Green Bank development in the United States. Since joining CGC in 2018, Abe has supported a number of Green Bank opportunity assessment and development projects in states including Colorado, North Carolina, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. Abe currently leads CGC’s work to incubate a county-scale Green Bank in Cuyahoga County, Ohio in partnership with the George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, and the Cuyahoga County Government. This work has included leading a market gap analysis and Green Bank feasibility study, designing the Green Bank’s first financial products, developing a structure for the institution, and securing capital for operations and investment. Abe holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MPA from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

Gwen Yamamoto Lau

Green Financing 101
Tuesday February 1 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Executive Director
Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority

Gwen Yamamoto Lau is the Executive Director of the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority (“Authority”), an agency attached to the State’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The Authority was constituted in November 2014 to administer a green infrastructure loan program to make clean energy investments accessible and affordable to Hawaii’s underserved ratepayers, stimulate private investments, and leverage innovative tools to mitigate risks and reach new markets.

Drawing from over twenty-five years of experience in conventional commercial financing, Gwen continues to find new ways to facilitate non-traditional financing tools to fill market gaps and promote economic development for the State of Hawaii. Seeing the positive impact is what she finds the most rewarding.

Active in her community, Gwen is currently President of the Rotary Club of Honolulu and Director and Executive Committee member for Goodwill Industries of Hawaii. She has also served in a variety of leadership roles for a number of other nonprofit organizations, including former Board Chair for Sacred Hearts Academy, former Treasurer and Executive Committee member for the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organization, and former Director and Finance Committee member for the YWCA of Oahu, to name a few.

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