MEET ULTRA CAPITAL

Ultra Capital is comprised of professionals with real-life experience in all aspects of infrastructure development, finance and asset management.  Our team has developed projects from the ground up across multiple sectors. We have worked at engineering, design, construction and investment firms. We have invested in and managed multimillion and billion-dollar construction projects. We have sat on both sides of the table negotiating project finance deals. Our hands-on experience adds value to both our developers and investors.

THIS IS WHO WE ARE

  • Michael Bernstein
    Michael Bernstein
    Lead Engineer
  • Stephanie Davis
    Stephanie Davis
    Director
  • Tom Ferraro
    Tom Ferraro
    Managing Director
  • Teasha Feldman-Fitzthum
    Teasha Feldman-Fitzthum
    Director
  • Erik Jansen
    Erik Jansen
    Chairman
  • Carrie Liang
    Carrie Liang
    Senior Accountant and Operations Assistant
  • Jake Mower
    Jake Mower
    Sr. Data Scientist
  • Jeremy Nadison
    Jeremy Nadison
    Analyst
  • Kathleen Pearson
    Kathleen Pearson
    VP of Finance & Accounting
  • Justin Thomas
    Justin Thomas
    Software Engineer
  • Adam Szymoniak
    Adam Szymoniak
    Controller
  • Clay Walton
    Clay Walton
    Director
  • Dave Watson
    Dave Watson
    Director
  • Ian Copeland
    Ian Copeland
    Managing Director
  • Kristian Hanelt
    Kristian Hanelt
    Managing Director
  • Emily Landsburg
    Emily Landsburg
    Director
  • Aaron Ratner
    Aaron Ratner
    Managing Director
  • Roland Van der Meer
    Roland Van der Meer
    Managing Director
  • Mike Reynolds
    Mike Reynolds
    Director
Michael Bernstein
Lead Engineer

An experienced engineer with a background in renewable engineering, software development, and entrepreneurship.

  • Lead Developer at EverVest, a financial risk analytics software platform for the renewable energy industry.
  • Software consultant for a leading textbook publishers where he acted as the principal backend developer for the publisher’s online courseware application.
  • Co-founded two technology startups, FunnelFeed and Dapper Jobs where he acted as CTO, leading development and product management.

BS in Mechanical Engineering and Entrepreneurial Leadership from Tufts University where he designed and researched wind turbines.

Stephanie Davis
Director

Financial services professional with over 25 years experience in both traditional and alternative asset management

  • Managing Director, Ascendant Capital Partners LP
  • Institutional Equity Sales, Credit Suisse
  • Senior Secured Bank Debt management, Chancellor LGT

MBA, Temple University Fox School of Business and Management; BA, Georgetown University

Tom Ferraro
Managing Director

Experienced investment professional, enjoying a successful career of over 20 years in capital markets management, equity sales, trading and capital raising.

  • Credit Suisse:  Senior Member of the CSFB Tech Group Specialty Sales Force consistently ranked #1 by Greenwich and Institutional Investor Magazine.  Considered one of the best ECM salespeople at CS helping to successfully price hundreds of equity offerings.
  • Managing Director Head of Equities, Janney Montgomery Scott:  Architected the strategy and team that grew revenues 300% in a five year period.
  • Founder and Managing Partner, Forecast Partners-  successfully raised capital for several funds and operating companies.

BA in Economics, St. Lawrence University

Teasha Feldman-Fitzthum
Director

An experienced data scientist, machine learning expert and product manager.

  • Co-founder and CTO of EverVest, a software platform for financial modelling and risk analysis of renewable energy projects, where she was responsible for product development and management of the company’s software engineering team.
  • Researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory where she helped develop machine learning algorithms to predict weather patterns.

BS in Physics from MIT and was a Jack W. Goss fellow for Entrepreneurship. Teasha was named a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Energy category.

Erik Jansen
Chairman

More than 20 years of successful technology investing experience, principally focused on private equity and debt

  • Co-founder and Portfolio Manager of the VC arm of Pequot Capital, with $1.8B in AUM
  • Managing Partner of RockRidge Capital, investing in technology companies on behalf of $8B AUM unit of Deutsche Bank
  • Advisor to Boundless Impact, which is building the premier market intelligence platform for impact investors
  • Member of the Eli Whitney Investment Advisory Committee of Connecticut Innovations, the state’s venture and economic development fund

BBA, Nijenrode, Netherlands School of Business; MBA, Edwin L Cox School of Business at SMU

Carrie Liang
Senior Accountant and Operations Assistant

A finance and accounting professional with a diverse background including accounting, financial services and web development.

  • Teller/banker at Wells Fargo Bank.
  • President’s Club of San Francisco’s Greater Financial District in 2014.
  • Founding member of the Hack Against Violence.
  • Web development consultant for a startup in Japan.

BS in Business, Golden Gate University, graduating Cumma Sum Laude

Jake Mower
Sr. Data Scientist

A senior data scientist with 7 years of experience in mathematical modelling.

  • Senior data scientist at EverVest, a software platform for financial modelling and risk analysis of renewable energy projects.
  • Graduate studies involved developing and proving the fundamental security of quantum-enhanced key exchange protocols, as well as designing programmable optical circuits on silicon chips to perform quantum computation.

Dr. Mower received a PhD from MIT, a MS from Columbia University and a BS from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Jeremy Nadison
Analyst

Investment professional with a background in renewable energy financing, mathematics, and environmental policy analysis

  • The Mountain Pact, Policy Analysis and Communications
  • Sungevity, Structured Finance
  • Red Bull North America, Distribution Strategy and Execution

BA in Mathematical Economics, Colgate University

Kathleen Pearson
VP of Finance & Accounting

Finance and Accounting Professional with over 15 years combined work experience within Hedge Fund of Funds, Family Office, Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Investment Banking Industries.

  • Chief Financial Officer & Trustee, Golden Gate Financial Group, LLC
  • Widespread Fund/Management Company Finance, Accounting and Operations consulting experience within multiple VC, PE and Family Office Funds
  • Managing Director of Finance & Accounting, Presidio Financial Partners, LLC

BS in Accounting, University of San Francisco

Justin Thomas
Software Engineer
  • Software engineer with experience in biochemistry and web development.
  • Freelance experience developing web and mobile applications for several development shops.
  • Well versed in modern software development practices through the Flatiron School, a prestigious coding school in New York City.

B.S. in Biochemistry, Stony Brook University

Adam Szymoniak
Controller

A finance and accounting professional with over 10 years of combined work experience with Hedge Funds, Venture Capital, Proprietary Trading, and Public Accounting Firms.

  • Controller for Jump Capital LLC, a venture capital business affiliated with Jump Trading, specializing in early, expansion, growth stage and middle market investments in FinTech, Healthcare, and SaaS.
  • Finance Team Lead at Jump Trading LLC overseeing the accounting of infrastructure and operating expenses.
  • Controller, RoundKeep Capital Advisors LLC, an event-driven hedge fund.
  • Auditor, Ernst & Young LLP, focused on investment advisors and alternative investments.

CPA; B.S. in Accounting and Finance, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Clay Walton
Director

A registered Professional Engineer who brings over 30 years of significant technical and project management experience with a focus on traditional and renewable energy. His experience encompasses regulatory requirements, technology development and evaluation, process plant design, construction and operations.

  • Director, Energy Business Unit at the Harris Group, Inc., a multi-discipline engineering design firm specializing in Oil & Gas and Power Industry process and detail design, project planning and management, and construction management.
  • Senior Vice President, Enertech Environmental, Inc, responsible for all engineering, project management, construction, and commissioning.
  • Other positions where he oversaw project development functions and managed operations include: Microgy, Inc., Energy Answers Corporation, Trident Technologies International, Walsh Environmental Engineers, and Ecova, Inc.

M.S. in Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines; B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma

Dave Watson
Director

Independent Energy Project Developer and Infrastructure Finance Professional

  • CEO & Co-founder of EnergySource, a $400 million geothermal development company
  • Senior Vice President with Hannon Armstrong, a leading energy and infrastructure investor
  • Senior Vice President, EnergyWorks, a global industrial power development venture owned by Bechtel and Pacificorp
  • Vice President, Development at Wartsila Power Development
  • Senior Investment Officer, Project Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC)

BA in Business Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara; MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Ian Copeland
Managing Director

Senior developer and investor responsible for delivering complex engineering and construction services

  • SVP of Bechtel Corporation
  • Managing Director of Bechtel Enterprises (development and financing arm)
  • President, Bechtel’s Fossil Power, Communications and Renewable Power business
  • Managing Director of WärtsiläPower Development (Asia) Limited
  • Vice President of project finance for Hannon Armstrong & Company
  • Started his at career Booz Allen Hamilton utility consulting practice

Rutgers University with degrees in Engineering and Physics

Kristian Hanelt
Managing Director

Highly experienced renewable energy professional with 15 years of energy project finance experience

  • Senior Vice President, Clean Power Finance; built and led the Renewable Capital Markets Group to over $1BN in capital raised for Residential Solar Systems
  • Co-Founder and Vice President of Project Finance for innovative venture-backed solar project developer that financed over 100 commercial-scale solar systems
  • Previous experience in Wholesale Energy Markets consulting, natural gas exploration & production, and fossil-fired power generation development and acquisition

MBA, Stanford University; BS, Boston University

Emily Landsburg
Director

15 year track record building infrastructure projects and companies in energy, wastewater, and agriculture.

  • Managing Partner, Blue Hill Partners; projects include energy efficiency retrofits in MUSHsector, preliminary development of P3 to introduce new ag crop for biochemical production in Caribbean nation
  • Founder & CEO,BlackGold Biofuels; patented chemical process to convert oils from wastewater into biodiesel; developed R&D facility, beta plant, and two commercial facilities
  • Chaired task force for National Biodiesel Board to develop sustainability guidelines for US industry. Named by Bloomberg in America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs 2010.

BA in Applied Mathematics, Columbia University

Aaron Ratner
Managing Director

Over 20 years of international investment, advisory and development experience focusing on technology, energy, waste and agriculture.

  • Developer in Residence, Generate Capital, focusing on agriculture and waste.
  • President, i2 Capital, expertise in conservation, energy and education.
  • CEO & Founder, Emerging Energy International, a Hong Kong-based developer of mobile electrical power projects.
  • Managing Partner, Laguna Capital Partners.

MsM, Stanford University; BA University of Pennsylvania

Roland Van der Meer
Managing Director

Senior investor in the venture and impact space with experience founding and leading multi-billion dollar asset management platforms

  • Key launch investor, Director and Principal to two leading sustainable real asset firms, BioLogicalCapital and Equilibrium Capital
  • Founder of two venture firms, Communications Ventures and ComVentures
  • Integral in raising over $1.6B of venture funds and $500M in real asset funds
  • Venture track record deploying $250M and delivering $800M of net returns for a personal IRR of 22% over 35 companies

BS in Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania; BS in Economics, The Wharton School

Mike Reynolds
Director

A skilled investment professional with 10 years of experience in project finance and risk analysis for infrastructure assets.

  • CEO and co-founder of EverVest, a software platform for financial modelling and risk analysis of renewable energy projects.
  • Investment banker at Goldman Sachs focusing on the infrastructure, transportation and public sectors. Led and managed over $15BN in transactions including project financings, asset portfolio sales, securitizations, and corporate financings.

MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Jack W. Goss Fellow for Entrepreneurship; BS, State University of New York at Albany.

Independent Committee

  • Charles Bralver
    Charles Bralver
    Independent Member
  • Lisa Polsky
    Lisa Polsky
    Independent Member
Charles Bralver
Independent Member
  • Founding Partner and former Vice Chairman of consulting firm Oliver, Wyman & Co., where he where he led work for investment banks, asset managers, exchanges and other market utilities
  • Currently, Director of CanaccordGenuityGroup, NewstarFinancial and The Cooperative Bank UK; Senior Advisor to Silverpoint Capital and Oliver Wyman; Board and Fellow of SovereignNet, Tufts Fletcher School
  • Previously Senior Associate Dean for International Business at the Tufts Fletcher School, and Strategic Adviser to Warburg PincusLLC

Master of Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School; AB, Dartmouth College

Lisa Polsky
Independent Member

Investment Committee (Independent Member) and Sr. Risk Advisor

  • Member of the board and head of risk committee, Deutsche Bank US
  • Member of the board and head of audit committee, Piper Jaffray
  • Chief Risk Officer, CIT
  • Chief Risk Officer, Morgan Stanley

BS, New York University

 

Board of Directors

  • Phillip Duff
    Phillip Duff
    Independent Member
  • Ruth Owades
    Ruth Owades
    Independent Member
Phillip Duff
Independent Member
  • Founder, Chairman and CEO, FrontPointPartners
  • COO & Sr. Managing Director, Tiger Management
  • Head of Financial Institutions, CFO & Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • President and CEO, Van Kampen Investments

MBA, MIT; BA, Harvard College 

Ruth Owades
Independent Member
  • Founder, Chairman and CEO, Calyx & Corolla
  • Founder and CEO, Gardener’s Eden
  • Member, Northern Trust Corporation’s Western Region Board
  • Former Board member, DeckersOutdoor Corporation, J. Jill Group, Armstrong World Industries and Providian Financial Corporation

MBA, Harvard Business School; BA, Scripps College

STAR Council

Sustainable Technology and Regulatory Council

  • Marian Chertow
    Marian Chertow
    Independent Member
  • Peter Gleick
    Peter Gleick
    Independent Member
  • Melissa Hughes
    Melissa Hughes
    Independent Member
  • Drummond Pike
    Drummond Pike
    Chairman
  • Dan Reicher
    Dan Reicher
    Independent Member
Marian Chertow
Independent Member

A frequent international lecturer, she is also appointed as faculty at the Yale School of Management and the National University of Singapore. She is a pioneer in the field of industrial ecology, and is best known in the sub-field of industrial symbiosis, focused on the shared management of resources by companies in relative geographic proximity.

  • Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies:  Professor of industrial environmental management.
  • Environmental business and state and local governments: served as president of a large state bonding authority charged with developing a billion dollar waste infrastructure system; testified on waste, recycling and other environmental issues before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
  • Board Affiliations: Board of Directors of the Alliance for Research in Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), the External Advisory Council of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand, and elected President of the International Society of Industrial Ecology until 2015.

B.A. from Barnard College; M.P.P.M and Ph.D. from Yale University

Peter Gleick
Independent Member

A leading scientist, innovator, and communicator on global water and climate issues. He co-founded and leads the Pacific Institute in Oakland, one of the most innovative, independent non-governmental organizations addressing the connections between the environment and global sustainability.

  • President and Co-Founder, 1987 to Present. Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security.
  • Research Associate, 1983 to 1986. Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley,
  • Deputy Assistant to the Governor of California, 1980-1982. Energy and Environment Office of the Governor of California.
  • Research and Teaching Associate. 1978 to 1981. University of California and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

B.S. from Yale University; M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on hydroclimatology.

Melissa Hughes
Independent Member

Missy has a passion for organic agriculture and food and serves a co-op of revolutionary-minded farmers creating a better future.

  • General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley/Organic Prairie where she manages all of the cooperative’s legal affairs and oversees relationships with various governmental groups, including legislators, agencies and other regulatory entities.
  • Board President for the Organic Trade Association.
  • Serves on the USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture (appointed by USDA Secretary Vilsack)
  • Serves on the Environmental Working Group Board.

Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University and a Juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming

Drummond Pike
Chairman

A progressive with a long career in charitable and social enterprise, Pike helped pioneer broad use of donor-advised funds in philanthropy. He is an active investor is sustainability-focused early stage companies.

  • Early in his career, Pike served as Associate Director of the Washington D.C. based Youth followed by six years as Executive Director of the Shalan Foundation in San Francisco.
  • Founder, 1976, the Tides Foundation, the first stand-alone donor-advised fund in the United States.
  • In 1994, founded the Advocacy Fund, a key sponsor of advocacy initiatives focused on immigration, climate change, and the eldercare workforce.
  • In 1996, Pike established the Tides Center, an incubator that emerged as a key provider of infrastructure to the nonprofit community.
  • In 1999, founded Groundspring.com, originally called eGrants, an on-line giving platform that merged with Network for Good in 2006.
  • Also founded, in 2003, Tides Inc.; in 2004, Tides Shared Spaces; and in 2006, the Tides Network where he served as CEO of all until November 2010. By 2010, Tides was often ranked among the top 100 charitable enterprises in the US.
  • March 2011-2014, was a Principal with Equilibrium Capital, an investment firm focused on sustainability-driven real assets.
  • Board of Directors of Working Assets (Credo Mobile), a telecommunications company.
  • Non-Profit Boards: Environmental Working Group, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, JK Irwin Foundation, Livingre Foundation, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Member of the Investment Committee for the Jerome L. Greene Foundation in NY.
  • Board Member: GrowStone LLC.
  • B.A. Political Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 1970; Master’s Degree, Political Science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University
Dan Reicher
Independent Member

Over 25 years of experience in energy and environmental policy, finance, and technology.  He has served three Presidents and has been named one of the five most influential figures in U.S. clean energy by Oilprice.Com.

  • Executive Director of Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, a joint center of the Stanford business and law schools where he holds faculty positions.
  • Board chair of the American Council on Renewable Energy.
  • Directed Google’s climate and energy initiatives; was an investor and executive in the clean energy industry,
  • Served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Energy Department Chief of Staff in the Clinton Administration.
  • Was a Member of President Obama’s Transition Team; staff member of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island.
  • Board Affiliations: Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and is a non-resident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution.

B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College; J.D. from Stanford Law School. He also studied at the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and MIT.