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MEET OUR TEAM

We take great pride in our ability to recruit and retain top talent to keep pace with the ever-changing and increasingly complex renewable energy markets and technologies.

Senior Management

Pete Candelaria

Chief Executive Officer
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Saad Shamsi

Chief Operations Officer
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Eivind Osterhus

Chief Financial Officer
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Erica Engle

Chief Commercial Officer
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Matt McCluskey

Chief Development Officer
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Randy Sawyer

General Counsel
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Leah Garvey

SVP Finance
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ALL TEAM

Ben Spear Policy Manager
Amanda Marple Community Engagement Manager
Daniel O’Connell Site Acquisition Analyst
Daniel Tarin Performance & Optimization Manager
Patrick Hawks Transmission Innovation Manager
Reeve Ashcraft Economic Development Manager
Iaroslav Samsonov Financial Reporting Manager
Andrew Cooke Financial Analyst
Marcus Thoreson Grid Innovation Engineer
Bianca Krukiel VP Human Resources
Kevin Clark Project Developer
Val Newcomb VP Economic & Community Development
Cameron Mabry Project Manager
Belete Demisse Sr. PV Engineer
Peter Grobbelaar Director, Power Delivery
Saad Shamsi Chief Operations Officer
Thomson Gross GIS Analyst
Ayesha Asif Sr. Manager, Risk & Compliance
Sophie Kurtz Financial Analyst
Matt McCluskey Chief Development Officer
Jake Dixon Project Manager
Logan Kidd Communication Specialist
Carrie Molina Supply Chain Manager
Manan Bhagat PV Engineer
Jacquelyn Manley Executive Assistant
Shaun Murphy Director of Transmission & Interconnection
Jim Halley Sr. Director, Engineering
Frank Langley Accounting Manager
Trevor Gach Site Acquisition Manager
Ken Drewry Site Acqusition Manager
Dave Dempsey Project Manager
Chad Freckmann In-Project Land Administration
Jean Cantave Interconnection Project Manager
Kalli Bruce Interconnection Engineer
Clinton Eddy Project Manager
Rachael Shipley Supply Chain Coordinator
Goodwin Smith Site Acquisition Specialist
Clint Abrams Director, Construction
Bonnie Hoover GIS Manager
Ken Gorvy VP Land
Eric Bryant Project Developer
Ilana Ginsberg Sr Strategy & Market Analyst
Jarod Constable Geotechnical & Civil Project Delivery Manager
Caleb Van Dolah Controller
Jordyn Frew Project Finance Manager
Nick Andrews Project Delivery Manager
Corey Falgout Transmission Engineer
Julie Subiono Sr. Office Manager
Cody Burttschell Project Manager
Rob Propes Senior Development Manager
Willem Grobbelaar Interconnection Engineer
Christopher Roy PV Engineer
Victoria Alexander Sr. Development Manager
Nico Galleguillos Lead Project Engineer
Allison Bowers GIS Specialist
Stewart West Director of Site Acquisition
Brianne Eberline Environmental Permitting Manager
Ryan Craddock Project Manager
Petra Jobran Performance Engineer
David True Sr. Director of Origination
Brenda Burns Accounts Payable Manager
Jessica Lemon Land & Lease Administrator
Bruce Wang Interconnection Project Manager
Jeff Hudson VP Asset Management
Lance Jameson Director of Project Delivery
Jon Gunther IT Specialist III
Danny Cassiday Senior GIS Developer
Katie Ellis Site Finding Specialist
Lisa Nguyen Senior Accountant
Jeff Chang Sr. Development Manager
Nabil Wilf Director Capital Markets
Jaime Johnson Project Controls Manager
Rebecca Kascsak Project Developer
Virat Kapur Transmission Planning Engineer
Austin Brier Interconnection Manager
Andy Hill Total Rewards Manager
Shaun Cavey Sr. Civil Engineer
Kerri Smith Human Resources Manager
Jason Gleason Sr GIS Analyst
Ryan Staine Senior Legal Counsel

LEADERSHIP TEAM

We are proud to lead an experienced team hailing from industry leading utilities, developers and financial institutions. Together, we’re powering a clean energy future.

Ken Carson

Director of Technology
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Ken Gorvy

Vice President, Land
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Peter Grobbelaar

Director of Power Delivery
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Jim Halley

Sr. Director of Engineering
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Lance Jameson

Director of Project Delivery
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Shaun Murphy

Director of Transmission and Interconnection
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Val Newcomb

Vice President, Economic & Community Development
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David True

Sr. Director of Origination
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Stewart West

Director of Site Acquisition
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Caleb Van Dolah

Controller
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Jeff Hudson

Vice President, Asset Management
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Bianca Krukiel

Vice President, Human Resources
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About

Urban Grid, a leading independent power producer, facilitates a rapid and sustainable energy transition by developing high-quality renewable energy projects, fostering community partnerships, and serving as a good land steward. Our company is positioned to own and operate its facilities while cultivating a land management system that benefits farmers, communities, and the natural world through agrivoltaics. Urban Grid maintains a delivery-focused approach with the goal of being a good neighbor, corporate citizen, and trusted energy solutions partner. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with teams situated strategically throughout the United States, Urban Grid has a long history of contributing to the clean energy economy. In addition to 940 megawatts currently under construction, we are actively developing a growing portfolio of more than 12,000 megawatts of solar PV and 7,000 megawatts of co-located and stand-alone energy storage.

Urban Grid is a portfolio company of Brookfield, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of renewable power and climate transition assets.

With an initial focus on smaller C&I projects as owner/operator, the strategic Urban Grid team quickly began to build a valuable asset portfolio and a steady cadre of customers for solar PPAs. By 2014, the firm had transacted thirty projects in eight states with a growing roster of partners spanning corporates, municipalities, colleges and electric coops.

The initial team had grown to ten employees headquartered in Maryland and despite the rapid growth and success with power offtake, there was a sense among the leadership that Urban Grid could have a bigger impact. The decision to pivot to utility-scale solar development was solidified in 2014 and well underway with a 400MWac operational solar PV portfolio and a move to its Richmond, Virginia headquarters. The company’s growth accelerated in 2016 with an equity investment by Susgen, a UK-based renewable investor, which enabled Urban Grid to expand its team to 30 and further grow its development pipeline. With the pipeline maturing, Urban Grid finally sold its first utility-scale projects, totaling 240MW, to Dominion Energy launching into the Utility Scale market.

In January 2022, Brookfield Renewable U.S. acquired Urban Grid. Chief Executive Officer Mitch Davidson said of the pairing, “Adding Urban Grid’s high-quality pipeline of clean energy projects presents an exceptional opportunity for Brookfield Renewable to further establish itself as the leading renewable energy provider in the country.” The acquisition tripled Brookfield Renewable’s U.S. development to 31,000 MW of capacity.

Today Urban Grid is building its first owned and fully developed power facilities which are set to begin commercial operations in early 2024.

Urban Grid, a leading independent power producer, facilitates a rapid and sustainable energy transition by developing high-quality renewable energy projects, fostering community partnerships, and serving as a good land steward. Our company is positioned to own and operate its facilities while cultivating a land management system that benefits farmers, communities, and the natural world through agrivoltaics. Urban Grid maintains a delivery-focused approach with the goal of being a good neighbor, corporate citizen, and trusted energy solutions partner. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with teams situated strategically throughout the United States, Urban Grid has a long history of contributing to the clean energy economy. In addition to 940 megawatts currently under construction, we are actively developing a growing portfolio of more than 12,000 megawatts of solar PV and 7,000 megawatts of co-located and stand-alone energy storage. 

 Urban Grid is a portfolio company of Brookfield, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of renewable power and climate transition assets.

"Developing the most competitive projects in the market is driven by analytics and passion. I rely on both, leaning on the tools of the trade and my MS in Environmental Science, I know the work I do makes a difference."
Bonnie Hoover, GIS Manager