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Our team has the rare combination of expertise in large infrastructure project finance in frontier markets and portfolio financing of distributed energy projects. We have a vision for how to minimize project risk, attract cheaper capital, and break through barriers that impede deployment of technologies that are already available to improve lives dramatically. 

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Jeff Rector
Jeff Rector
CEO, Co-founder

Jeff is a cross-cultural dealmaker with a passion for solving problems and building projects that improve people’s lives today without compromising the livelihood of future generations. During his twenty years of experience as a business developer, entrepreneur, and lawyer, Jeff has contributed to the development and financing of major energy and infrastructure projects in more than 15 countries on five continents. Most of these projects were built in challenging jurisdictions and required sophisticated structuring, but this does not stop Jeff from finding and fighting for simple solutions to difficult but solvable problems like energy poverty in Africa. Jeff speaks fluent Japanese and for more than ten years he worked in Japan in the business of building civil infrastructure and as a lawyer advising on outbound energy related lending and investments. Since returning to California, Jeff has been supporting clients who develop and finance distributed renewable power assets in the United States. A native Californian, Jeff earned a law degree from Stanford Law School, a Master of Pacific International Affairs from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at University of California, San Diego and a bachelor’s in Political Science from University of California San Diego.

Nancy Wahl–Scheurich
Nancy Wahl–Scheurich
COO, Co-founder

Nancy is an eco-entrepreneur, leveraging her passion for sustainability and social justice with more than 25 years of international marketing, business development, product management, and project management experience to make positive environmental and social impacts through her work. 

Prior to co-founding Millennium Microgrid, she founded LittleFootprint Lighting in 2009 and brought to market the award-winning HeronLED Personal Task Light, the first and only ENERGY STAR-certified LED desk lamp made in the USA from recycled e-waste. 

At Millennium Microgrid, Nancy draws on her international management background, her entrepreneurial approach to “getting stuff done," and her knowledge of sustainable purchasing/supply chain and energy efficient products to ensure that projects deliver the best value to customers without compromising sustainability goals.  Nancy serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She speaks Spanish, French, and German and is making good progress mastering Swahili.

Ellen Morris, Ph.D.
Ellen Morris, Ph.D.
Advisor

Ellen is the president and founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, a professional services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. Ellen is also the director of the academic programs on International Energy Management and Policy and Sustainable Energy Policy at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.  In 2008, she founded Arc Finance, an organization that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy. Since 1996, Ellen has been a senior consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on sustainable energy. She has previously worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  She is a member of numerous organizations including the board of directors of Arc Finance; the United Nations Foundation Energy Access Practitioner Network, United Nations Development Programme’s External Advisory Group; the Advisory Board of Earthspark International; and the Advisory Board of Simpa Networks. Ellen has a Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography and began her career as an Exploration Geophysicist in the oil and gas sector.

David Victor
David Victor
Advisor

David Victor is a professor of international relations at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and co-director of the Deep Decarbonization Initiative at UCSD. His research focuses on highly regulated industries and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets.

David is the author of "Global Warming Gridlock," which explains why the world has not made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change while also exploring new strategies that would be more effective.

Prior to joining UCSD, David served as director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University, where he was a professor at Stanford Law School and taught energy and environmental law. Earlier in his career he also directed the science and technology program at the Council on Foreign Relations and led the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

David’s research interests surround energy policy—electric power market reform and rural energy development; climate-change policy, and the role of technology, innovation and competition in international development.  His Ph.D. is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and he has an A.B. from Harvard University. He has published 200 articles and books in venues that include Nature, Science, International Organization, The New York Times, Finance Times, Climatic Change, and the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. He is a member of the advisory council for Nature Climate Change, a board member of Climatic Change, and joined the board of the Electric Power Research Institute in 2013.

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