Jeffrey Perlman is the CEO, President & Founder of Bright Power. An experienced energy auditor, energy analyst, and solar-energy-system designer, Jeff is as happy in a boiler room or on a rooftop as he is in a corporate boardroom. He has built Bright Power from a single rented desk in a shared office to the substantial enterprise that it is today. Jeff was named to Crain's New York 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, a 2019 Environmental + Energy Leader 100 honoree, and is in the top twenty power players recognized by City & State’s Energy & Environment Power 50 list.
In addition to his work at Bright Power, Jeff serves on the board of the New Alternatives Fund, a mutual fund that invests in renewable energy. He has taught as adjunct faculty at NYU, CUNY, and Pratt. Prior to founding Bright Power, Jeff worked with Greg Kats at Capital E, with whom he co-authored “The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings,” a ground-breaking report that used economic cost/benefit analysis to show that building healthy, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible buildings makes economic sense.
Outside of improving the sustainability and comfort of the built environment, Jeff is an accomplished clarinetist. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three sons, with whom he enjoys making milk carton solar cars and soda bottle rockets.
Jeff has a B.S. in Applied Physics from Yale University.
Suzanne the Chief Financial Officer at Bright Power. Her role is to ensure the financial stability, sustainability, and growth of the organization. As an agile leader of growth companies and start-ups, Suzanne has successfully navigated diverse industries, including technology, media, marketing, clean energy, consumer products, asset management, and real estate.
Most recently, Suzanne acted as an interim CFO/COO at a C&I and community solar developer in New Jersey, while completing a Diploma in Clean Energy at NYU. She has over a decade of experience as CEO, CFO, and Board Member at three companies in the media and technology sectors, as well as experience as CEO & Co-founder of an investment advisory. Suzanne began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Allen & Company.
Suzanne is currently on the Board of MMA Capital Holdings, a public company that lends to solar projects. She lives in Greenwich Village with her wife, Margery Greenspan, and has served on the Board of her co-op for 15 years. Suzanne received a B.S. from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
As the Chief Customer Officer, James’ primary focus is to ensure that Bright Power’s clients succeed in their energy and water management efforts. This includes overseeing and supporting Bright Power's company strategy, account management, client services, business development, and partnerships.
In his time at Bright Power, James has focused on advancing Bright Power’s position as the premier provider of comprehensive energy and water management services to local, regional and national real estate owners, developers, managers, and lenders. This work has ranged from creating portfolio-wide energy action plans to developing property level efficiency and power generation projects.
James’ previous experience includes having worked at Morgan Stanley and Associated Renewable. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jamil enables Bright Power to use technology for good, creating more efficient and effective tailored solutions for our clients. With experience across areas of technology and energy efficiency, Jamil’s strengths lie in connecting technology solutions to increase and enhance collaboration.
Prior to joining Bright Power, Jamil served as the CTO at BlocPower where he managed the development of their platform, lead product development, and built strategic partnerships to drive the company’s mission.
Jamil is a board member of CultureHub, a center for art and technology that connects communities around the world. When he’s not rooting for the Yankees, he’s spending time with his family, writing, and producing one of his two podcasts.
He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Columbia.
Colleen leads our National operations, ensuring our clients with large portfolios across the United States have an easy way to manage their energy and water, even if they are geographically dispersed. She also drives new service lines that can better meet the needs of large portfolio clients.
Previously, Colleen served as Bright Power’s Chief of Staff and as Director of Energy Analysis. As Chief of Staff, Colleen guided and refined Bright Power’s strategic mission, ensuring all members of the team meet and exceed the organization’s goals. As Director of Energy Analysis, she supervised a staff of seven to show clients how well their buildings performed. She also managed EnergyScoreCards Minnesota, a study on the effects of energy benchmarking for multifamily buildings in Minnesota.
Prior to joining Bright Power, Colleen worked as an energy engineer at TRC Energy Services developing and managing energy efficiency programs within New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program. She also worked at Iberdrola Renewables, planning and overseeing construction of large-scale wind farms throughout the US.
Colleen loves to spend time in the great outdoors, usually hiking with her husband, two young kids, and dog. She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.
Andrea leads the operations of the New York business unit. Pairing her deep technical expertise in building sustainable, high performing projects with an ability to create and execute efficient business processes, Andrea’s goal is to ensure the financial success of the business unit while delivering strong, proven services to our New York-based clients. Andrea is also very active in the industry, consulting with government agencies, green building programs, clients, and product manufacturers to ensure efficiency and sustainability goals can be met through proper goal setting and alignment.
Prior to her role as Executive Vice President, New York, Andrea led the New Construction division, which she co-founded after seeing an opportunity to expand Bright Power’s offerings to build green multifamily buildings from their conception. In her role as Director of New Construction, she managed team members working on ground-up new construction and commissioning projects, supervised long-term strategic planning for the division, and helped cultivate client relationships.
Ultimately, Andrea’s mission is to continuously improve the standard of energy efficiency and sustainability best practices across the development, design, and construction industries.
Andrea is an active volunteer for GreenHomeNYC and is a proud member of the Women in Construction advocacy group. She also is a 2019 Environmental + Energy Leader 100 honoree.
Andrew McNamara leads our California operations, after co-founding Bright Power’s first satellite office in Oakland in 2015. He manages and nurtures his team of engineers and project managers, and drives Bright Power to be a leader in California. Since joining Bright Power in 2006, Andrew quickly rose to Vice President in 2008 and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2013. Andrew led the firm’s sustainability and solar practices from 2008 to 2013 and the Engineering Division from 2013 to 2015.
He has worked on hundreds of projects from coast-to-coast, including over a dozen heat pump water heater electrification retrofits in California as well as Via Verde—a groundbreaking 220 unit complex in the South Bronx that was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as a Global Project of the Decade in 2013.
Andrew formerly was an adjunct faculty member at NYU. He has a dual degree in Physics and Engineering from the University of Rochester.
Greg joined the company in 2008 as the third employee and has been instrumental in Bright Power’s continued growth and success. In his current role as Executive Vice President of Sales, Greg is focused on expanding Bright Power’s customer base by cultivating relationships with new customers that could benefit from our Find, Fix, and Follow approach to energy and water management. Greg is relentless in his desire to truly know a prospective customer in order to ensure that the services we can offer align closely with the needs and goals of their organization. When there is a good fit, Greg works on behalf of his customers to harness the full breadth of Bright Power’s expertise to deliver the three “Cs:” resident comfort, cost savings, and carbon mitigation.
Throughout his long tenure at Bright Power, Greg has led in the development of many energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects, thanks to his deep expertise in commercial real estate, project finance, energy-related building systems, and energy incentive programs. Most notably, Greg worked with Arcadia Property Management to develop a $5M energy and water retrofit project at The Woods Apartments, a 1,800 unit apartment complex in San Jose, CA.
Prior to co-founding the California office, Greg was the Vice President of Bright Power’s Existing Buildings Division, managing a large team of energy engineers and field technicians providing energy services to our New York clients. He brings extensive field experience in building audits and his expertise in lighting design, mechanical systems, and construction management to help new clients understand the impact of energy and water efficiency on their portfolio.
Jon Braman provides technical oversight, team coordination, and assistance with incentives to transform energy analysis into energy savings. He creates straightforward ways to communicate complex patterns of building energy use via our energy benchmarking software, EnergyScoreCards, which he helped develop and launch. His team's mission is to make sustainable buildings and operation the norm through the cultivation of industry partnerships, pilot programs, and research.
Jon’s extensive research on green buildings appears in Greening our Built World: Costs, Benefits and Strategies (co-authored with Greg Kats, Island Press, 2009) and the 2006 Capital E report, “Greening America’s Schools: Costs and Benefits.” He also led the EnergyScoreCards Minnesota study and the Energy & Water Savings in Multifamily Retrofits report. He collaborates with partners like CPC, the Building Energy Exchange, and Affordable Community Energy Services to help explain the benefits of energy efficiency and to catalyze new ways to bring efficiency to scale.
Previously, he has worked at Good Energies, a leading investor in renewable energy and green buildings, with State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGS) and on a sustainable homestead in Hawaii.
Jon is in pursuit of practical strategies to reduce environmental impacts and save money: strategies that can be replicated across the industry to help achieve critical carbon reductions to mitigate global warming. When not putting these into practice at Bright Power, he communicates them to a wider audience via beats and rhymes as a ukulele hip-hop artist.
Jon has a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University.
John Rodger Clasby leads our On-Site Generation team and has extensive experience in safe and efficient solar projects.
He has over 15 years of construction and management experience in the solar industry. Prior to joining Bright Power, John served in leadership positions in solar organizations such as Premier Solar Solutions LLC, 64 Solar LLC, OnForce Solar, and SunPower. He is passionate about solar and its potential to change the world.
John is a father to two fantastic young women and husband to an outstanding wife. He is a fanatical vegetable gardener and loves to grow Paw Paw fruit! John holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Dan Levin has a long record of providing energy procurement consulting services to large energy users across the US. Beginning in 1997 with the deregulation of Con Edison, Dan assisted clients in navigating the early phases to deregulation and the many changes that took place over the subsequent years as the markets matured and became more volatile. Dan’s energy consulting career includes seven years with Ernst and Young LP and seven years with his own firm, which was acquired by Bright Power in April 2014.
Dan specializes in developing energy risk management strategies and conducting retail energy procurements for corporations, commercial and residential real estate firms, hotels, universities, manufacturers, and hospitals. He has effectively negotiated supply contracts throughout the United States.
Dan’s other expertise includes physical commodity hedging, energy risk management, comparative cost/savings analyses, load aggregation, budget preparation and forecasting, energy contract assessment, landlord/tenant energy cost evaluations, and governmental/utility energy conservation programs. He has extensive knowledge of utility tariffs, bill analysis, and the processes required for assessing and maximizing the benefits from the deregulation of electrical and natural gas utilities.
In addition to his Bright Power duties, Dan has served as Co-President of the NY Energy Consumers Council (NYECC) since its inception. In that role, Dan has the opportunity to be an active part in the regulatory process pursuing fair and reasonable utility rates through intervention with the NYS Public Service Commission. He was recognized in 2018 with an Energy New York Award (ENYA) for his leadership and commitment to NYECC. Dan has a B.S. (Cum Laude) from New York University.
Dave runs the Audit & Feasibility and the Design & Implementation teams at Bright Power, overseeing existing building energy audits, retro-commissioning and specialty energy- and water-related feasibility studies.
Dave relies on his experience in building science, energy modeling, and construction management to investigate the complexities of buildings.
Before coming to Bright Power, he worked as a construction manager, utility program administrator, and energy auditor.
In his free time, Dave dabbles in graphic design and lexicography. He loves soccer, camping, biking, and volleyball.
Dave has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
As Director of Retrofit Installation for the Western Region, Aron manages the installation of energy and water improvements for our West Coast clients. Aron ensures their projects are completed on time, on budget, and with savings.
With decades of experience in energy and water retrofits, Aron has a vast knowledge of efficiency measures and their impact on multifamily properties. Prior to joining Bright Power, Aron served as the Corporate Director, Engineering and Utilities at Caesars Entertainment Corporation. There he managed the facilities engineering over 40 properties across the country, developed and implemented large central plant optimizations, retro-commissioned systems, and ensured the efficiency and sustainability of the properties.
He has also had various roles in other organizations including being an energy manager on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and national operations manager for energy services at Siemens Building Technologies group. Outside of work, Aron’s hobbies range from scuba diving to chess.
He received his B.S. from Boston University, attended Whittier Law School, and is a Certified Energy Manager.
Samantha helps building owners, managers, and operators reduce utility and operations costs through a targeted approach using on-site training, remote monitoring, and technical support to strengthen each organization’s capacity to make critical planning and repair decisions.
Formerly serving as the Director of Housing Development and Sustainability at Selfhelp Community Services, Samantha managed facilities operations and energy performance for the Selfhelp portfolio and provided technical coordination for new development and construction projects. She has also helped to develop a Technical Service program, focusing on portfolio benchmarking, energy audits, construction management, and technical review to assist affordable housing owners throughout New York City.
She spearheaded the development of The Green Capital Needs Assessments (GCNA), used for long-term energy-related and non-energy-related planning and budgeting, developed training sessions for building staff, and deployed an interactive engagement program to educate tenants.
Samantha has a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and proudly co-founded BLISS, a group meet up for Boss Ladies in Sustainable Services. When she is not at work, you can find Samantha cooking, running and training for marathons, or taking her dog Brooklyn on long walks. She has been to 43 states and has a goal to get to the remaining seven by running races in each of them!
Tyler manages team members working on ground-up new construction and commissioning projects. He also oversees long-term strategic planning for the new construction team and helps cultivate client relationships.
Additionally, Tyler serves as a Senior Project Manager for high impact, unique projects that require deep experience, technical guidance, and detail. Daily activities of his team involve working with design teams to optimize design, conducting construction phase inspections and testing, as well as complying with relevant programs such as LEED, NYSERDA, Enterprise Green Communities, and Passive House.
Tyler joined Bright Power as a Project Manager and quickly became an indispensable part of the New Construction team. He also served as Manager of New Construction, leading a team of project managers and modelers. Prior to joining Bright Power, Tyler held project management, energy analysis, and sustainability consulting roles.
Tyler has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Bryant University.
Evan is the Director of On-Site Generation Consulting at Bright Power and plays a key role in project development, design, scoping, pricing, and construction planning. He collaborates with clients from a preliminary consulting phase to meet project renewable energy goals and help our clients navigate the NYC regulatory environment. He works on numerous cutting edge projects, including solar on new construction buildings, cogeneration, battery energy storage, and microgrid resiliency projects.
Evan first joined Bright Power as an Energy Engineer in 2014 and most recently held the Senior Project Manager role before he began leading the On-Site Generation Consulting Team. Evan has managed over 7 MW of solar projects in five states over his career in the renewable energy industry.
Prior to joining Bright Power, Evan worked at Solaire Generation, a solar carport design and installation company, and worked on the award-winning Whole Foods Gowanus and Konterra projects. Evan also worked at Altaeros Energy, a Boston-based wind energy company. Prior to joining the renewable energy industry, Evan worked in the yacht and commercial vessel design industry.
Evan holds a B.S.E. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. Since 2015 he has also been an adjunct professor of solar and renewable energy at NYU. Outside of work, Evan is a competitive sailor and enjoys cooking, hosting dinner parties, travel, and all things culinary related.
James is the Director of Engineering, On-Site Generation at Bright Power. His team ensures that all On-Site Generation projects, ranging from solar PV and energy storage to cogeneration systems, are designed to the highest standards to ensure optimal performance and long service life, maximizing the return on investment for real estate owners.
James first came to Bright Power as a Senior Project Manager, where he worked on various projects ranging from Pergola solar PV systems atop mid-rise buildings to retrofitting Cogeneration systems into existing buildings. In late 2019 he was promoted to Director of Engineering, where he utilizes his 17 years of experience in solar design and engineering to help guide the engineering team.
Before joining Bright Power, James founded his own solar company, which was later acquired by a national solar company where he continued to work until 2018.
James is a big science fiction fan and loves anything related to space or NASA. He is a big proponent of electric vehicles, having owned an all-electric car, as well as several plug-in electric hybrids over the years. He is the proud father of two wonderful daughters and hopes that they will follow in his footsteps, become engineers, and work to leverage technology to better our world.
James holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
Jeannine analyzes energy and building data to provide insight into how well buildings perform and enable our New York clients to take action to improve buildings. Leveraging our energy benchmarking software, EnergyScoreCards, she helps clients actively manage energy in buildings, identify opportunities, measure results, and adhere to New York City and State energy laws.
Jeannine joined Bright Power as a Senior Energy Analyst and most recently held the Deputy Director of Analysis role before she began leading our New York Analysis team.
Prior to joining Bright Power, Jeannine worked for Arlington County in Virginia where she did energy benchmarking, emissions tracking, and community energy planning.
Jeannine has a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies and a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University. When not at work, Jeannine plays clarinet in the Grand Street Community Band in Brooklyn and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Did you know there’s solar on the historic DC headquarters?). She also loves exploring the world through food and travel.
Caleb ensures our clients receive a consistent, high-quality approach to energy analysis. He does so by working with both Energy Analysts and clients, developing and optimizing tools. Caleb works with Bright Power’s Technology and Data teams to build and support EnergyScoreCards, our energy benchmarking software. Additionally, Caleb manages a team of Energy Analysts who support our National clients.
Caleb joined the Bright Power team in 2013, quickly rising into leadership roles. In his tenure, he has helped to develop the Energy Analyst team and provided in-depth support to clients across the country. Prior to joining Bright Power, Caleb worked in other sustainability roles.
Caleb has a B.S. in Biology from West Virginia University and received his M.S. in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University.
John manages and drives the Fannie Mae Green Measurement & Verification (M&V) service for their Green Loan Borrowers and Servicers. He ensures that Fannie Mae, their Green Loan Borrowers, and Servicers all understand the impact of energy and water conservation measures.
Prior to joining Bright Power, John worked in international development on US-government funded projects, specializing in project management, operations, and finance with the aim of promoting greater quality of life for underserved populations abroad. He lived in Ethiopia and the West Bank for six years directly managing several multi-million development projects in director of operations roles. He also spent ten years traveling to the field providing direct support to more than fifty project offices in twenty-five countries based in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Central America.
John is a self-proclaimed “pepper head” and has a large collection of hot sauces displayed in the office to share with others. John has a B.A. from the University of Washington and received a diploma from New York University’s Clean Energy program.
Adrian develops and manages Bright Power’s technology products. With experience across the organization in a variety of functions, Adrian’s deep understanding of the business’ operations, processes, and teams allow him to truly create and optimize for the end-user.
Prior to this role, Adrian held different positions at Bright Power, including Project Manager for On-Site Generation projects, Manager of Applied Technology, Data Manager, and Energy Analyst. Adrian was a Sustainability Analyst for Ecological prior to Bright Power’s acquisition.
Adrian is a devoted gardener who focuses on growing heirloom seeds and he plays in a pool league. He received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael leads Bright Power’s Data Team, ensuring that our clients can make sense of their complex and vast utility data. He manages relationships with our existing set of external data providers and seeks out new sources to further streamline data flow. He also works across teams at Bright Power to help better utilize our own data, leading to data-driven decision making.
Prior to joining Bright Power, Michael worked at ICF as an Energy & Sustainability Specialist, supporting the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program. He has also held roles at ACEEE, The Solar Foundation, and the Congressional Research Service in Washington D.C.
When not at work, Michael enjoys playing guitar (he has yet to receive any noise complaints from his neighbors!), spending too much of his paycheck on concert tickets, and traveling to new cities in search of awesome food and cleverly-named IPAs.
He received a B.A. in Political Science and History from Duquesne University and an M.P.P. from The George Washington University.
Juan leads, organizes, and optimizes Bright Power’s technology stack as the Director of Information Technology. Since Juan joined in February 2020, he has implemented technology that has enabled Bright Power’s workforce to stay connected regardless of their physical location.
Before joining Bright Power, Juan served Sabra Dipping Company for over seven years in a variety of IT roles. There he designed the internal IT project management framework and managed the global service desk.
Outside of work, Juan enjoys writing music on his guitar, engineering audio in his home studio, and playing Cards Against Humanity with his friends and family.
Betsy drives the organization’s marketing strategy, concentrating on digital and event marketing to tell Bright Power’s compelling story. Betsy hones Bright Power’s messaging and brand to simplify and condense complex ideas and information.
Prior to joining Bright Power, Betsy led the digital and event marketing efforts at The Energy Project, a boutique consulting firm focused on solving organizations’ most challenging human capital problems. Betsy also served as a special events manager and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in Philadelphia where she raised over $1.3M in the fight against cancer during the height of the financial crisis.
Betsy is an avid traveler and dog lover. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and toy poodle. She received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Felicia leads the growth, development, health, and safety of Bright Power’s staff in her role as Director of Human Resources. She has a motivational and energetic approach to human resources, with a background in the financial services and education industries.
Prior to joining Bright Power, Felicia was the Human Resources Director at Mitchell & Titus LLP, the largest minority-owned accounting firm in the U.S. offering assurance, tax, and advisory professional services. She also was the Director of Human Resources at New York City’s Department of Education and the Allen School, and the Human Resources Manager for Brinks, Incorporated, managing HR functions for four branches.
In Felicia’s 15 years of tenure, she has built HR departments from the ground up, implementing standards and compliance, creating and revamping employee handbooks, creating and implementing policies and procedures, standardizing job descriptions, and introducing performance management systems. She strongly believes that “people are the most important and valuable part of a company; HR is the internal organs that give it life.”
Felicia dabbles in photography and enjoys being the unofficial photographer at events, birthday parties, and weddings. She believes that capturing those small details and memories that last forever is why she fell in love with the camera. Felicia is also an avid bowler, self-proclaimed foodie, and loves to dance. She is a proud mom to two teenage daughters. She has a B.S. in Business Management.
Pristine is the legal counsel for Bright Power, managing the company's contracts, insurance, and intellectual property, as well as managing risk and ensuring legal compliance in all of Bright Power's operations.
Prior to joining Bright Power, Pristine was an intellectual property attorney and an environmental engineer. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. and received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Pristine is Co-Chair of the Board of the Fifth Avenue Committee in Brooklyn.