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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

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

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.

Clint Abrams

Director, Construction
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Sudie Bhat

Director, Project Controls
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Ken Carson

Director, Information Technology
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Opal Desaire

Director, Treasury
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Ken Gorvy

Vice President, Land
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Peter Grobbelaar

Director, Power Delivery
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Jim Halley

Sr. Director, Engineering
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Jeff Hudson

Vice President, Asset Management
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Lance Jameson

Director, Project Delivery
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Bianca Krukiel

Vice President, Human Resources
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Shaun Murphy

Director, Transmission & Interconnection
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Val Newcomb

Vice President, Economic & Community Development
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Renee Sotelo

Director, Contracts & Procurement
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David True

Sr. Director, Origination
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Nabil Wilf

Director, Capital Markets
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Stewart West

Senior Director, Land Acquisition
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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