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Raise Green

Crowdfunding small investments to democratize renewable energy ownership

About

Raise Green will provide an online portal of financing and support by connecting communities with investors interested in putting their money to work protect people and the planet. We will be listing solar projects for low to middle income populations then growing into other projects like electric vehicle infrastructure, diesel generator replacements, and microgrids.

Our Mission

Raise Green is committed to helping create a more healthy, just, and sustainable world by confronting environmental challenges by implementing impactful projects, building equity and reducing exposure in vulnerable communities, and creating new investment pathways that are accessible to anyone.

We are relentlessly passionate about using financial technology to democratize the ownership of renewable energy, create new income streams, reduce greenhouse emissions, and empower communities to drive change. Together we can build and own the decarbonized future we want and need.

Our Team

Franz Hochstrasser: CEO

Franz served 8 years in the Obama Administration. Most recently he served as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, working on the team that successfully negotiated the Paris Agreement. He also worked on both of Barack Obama’s Presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Franz holds a MEM from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a BA in Linguistics and a BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz.

Matthew Moroney: COO

Matt uses data-driven solutions to advance sustainability goals. He spent four years as an environmental consultant, investigating polluted industrial property and assisting permitting for new data centers. His recent research has focused on the relationship between consumer credit card spending and air pollution. Matt holds a MEM from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BS in Environmental Science from Western Washington University.

Kwasi Ansu: CMO

Kwasi comes has 10 years of international development and natural resource management experience working in Africa and Indonesia. His work focused largely around smallholder-driven supply chains and crafting certification and responsible sourcing strategies within them. Kwasi holds a MEM from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BS in Sociology from Wesleyan University.

Our Board of Advisors

Daniel Gross

Clean Energy Private Equity and Infrastructure Investor

Adjunct Professor, Yale University

Daniel Gross is a private equity and infrastructure investor and is a clean energy finance pioneer. He has served as a Managing Director at both Pegasus Capital Advisors and Oaktree Capital Management, and was one of the founding Partners of Hudson Clean Energy, a private equity firm with over $1 billion in assets under management.

Vincent Stanley

Director of Philosophy, Patagonia

Chief Storyteller, Patagonia

Vincent Stanley has been with Patagonia on and off since its beginning in 1973, for many of those years in key executive roles as head of sales or marketing.

Andrew McLaughlin

Co-founder / Partner, Higher Ground Labs

Venture Partner, betaworks

Andrew McLaughlin is an internationally recognized internet and tech innovator. He has founded several technology companies, including Higher Ground Labs, a technology and media start-up studio based in New York City. He also served as CEO of Digg and Instapaper.

Dr. Angel Hsu

Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS

Adjunct Professor, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Dr. Angel Hsu, is a climate policy and data thought-leader. She is Founder and Director of Data-Driven Yale.

Konstantine Drakonakis

Director / Venture Partner, LaunchCapital LLC

Investment Committee Member, YEI Innovation Fund

Konstantine Drakonakis focuses on technology companies within the software, med-tech and green-tech markets.

Dr. Martin Wainstein

Open Innovation Fellow, Yale Tsai City Center for Innovative Thinking

Martin divides his time between Yale and MIT. He is focused on finding innovative applications for the Blockchain in energy systems, the use of open-source platforms, and innovation for societal change.

Michelle Levy

Member Partner, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund

Michelle has sourced and underwritten equity and debt financings for private equity firms and their portfolio companies as an investment banker at UBS from 2012 to 2018 and at RBS from 2005 to 2012. She is a consultant to social enterprises and a member partner at Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund where she focuses on impact investing and grantmaking.

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