Our Team

The people working with the community to make it possible.

Eli Hopson

CEO

Eli Hopson is CEO of DC Green Bank, where he leads the strategic and operational implementation of DC Green Bank’s programs and fosters relationships with key partners and stakeholders. His thoughtful and decisive approach has so far successfully led DC Green Bank through the challenge of launching operations during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Under his steady leadership, DC Green Bank has developed its first financial offerings, established strategic relationships, and explored opportunities to realize the District’s ambitious Clean Energy goals and DC Green Bank’s mission of becoming the integrated hub of information and investment to accelerate DC’s transition to a sustainable and thriving future.

A clean energy expert, Eli previously served as VP of Legal and Chief Compliance Officer at Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, successor to a merger with Cube Hydro Partners where he was VP of Legal, Regulatory, and Policy. Eli’s prior experiences also include Latham & Watkins, Union of Concerned Scientists, US House of Representatives Committee on Science, and US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Eli received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and M.S. and B.A. in Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Donald Walker

Director of Operations

Donald Walker is Director of Operations for DC Green Bank, where he manages and implements the operational and organization effectiveness plans. His many responsibilities include strategic planning, human resources, marketing, information technology, and administrative programs. Donald’s extensive background in leadership, career, and organizational development is critical to DC Green Bank’s success.

Donald’s commitment to being a go-to resource goes beyond DC Green Bank. He serves as an adjunct professor in Towson University’s College of Business and Economics. Prior to DC Green Bank, Donald served in various leadership roles at Virginia Tech, Towson University, Kelly Services, and Lucas Group. He is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and sits on the Surrattsville High School Alumni Board.

Donald received his M.B.A. with a focus on Leadership and Organizational Learning from Towson University, M.A. in Counseling in Higher Education from the University of Delaware, and B.S. from Towson University. 

Sandy Paik

General Counsel

Sandy Paik is General Counsel of DC Green Bank, where she is responsible for building and leading the organization’s legal strategy, policy, and compliance to achieve sound governance, operational excellence, business resilience, and ethical leadership. Sandy will also serve as a key partner in the structure, deal execution and asset management of the suite of products and project portfolio so DC Green Bank can serve as a model and leader in green finance.

Sandy brings broad-based experience in affordable housing, community development, commercial real estate asset and property management, wireless infrastructure development, structured finance and capital markets to DC Green Bank. She most recently served as Associate General Counsel with Freddie Mac’s Legal Multifamily Structured and Targeted Affordable team. Sandy also serves in volunteer leadership roles in support of regional legal leadership, sustainable agriculture, and food access organizations.

Sandy received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, A.M. in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from Stanford University School of Education, and B.S. from Tufts University. 

Jean Nelson-Houpert

Financial Controller

Jean Nelson-Houpert is the Financial Controller for DC Green Bank, where she is responsible for the organization’s finances and accounting. Jean will serve as DC Green Bank’s financial steward in implementing strong financial discipline in its financial reporting, budgeting, accounting, and risk management processes and ensure its safety and soundness as well as long-term sustainability and growth.

Jean joined DC Green Bank with extensive expertise in banking, internal control, risk management, and financial reporting knowledge. She also has significant experience in public accounting for mid-to-large size community banks. Among her leadership roles in financial institutions, Jean has served as controller at Millennium Bank, Director of Accounting, and Chief Financial Officer for Alliance Bankshares Corporation and SEC reporting manager at Capital Bank, N.A.

Jean received her a M.J. (Master of Jurisprudence) from Tulane University and B.A. in Accounting from Temple University. She is also a certified Human Resources Professional (PHR).

Jay Lurie

Chief Investment Officer

Jay Lurie is Chief Investment Officer of DC Green Bank, where he leads the investment team on origination, structuring, and executing financial products with project sponsors and financial partners. Jay spearheads DC Green Bank’s capital strategy, business development, and portfolio management.

Jay brings global leadership in sustainable infrastructure finance, having developed, financed and mobilized institutional capital for clean energy, transport, and water projects. He most recently served as Senior Investment Officer in the Infrastructure investment team at International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and previously held roles at Macquarie Capital and Credit Suisse.

Jay received his M.A. in Economics and International Development from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.  He is a CFA Charterholder. 

Gary Decker

External Relations Partner

Gary Decker serves as the External Relations Partner at DC Green Bank. Gary has spent more than a decade working on public policy at the national and international levels to improve lives in the United States and around the world. He has worked on a range of issues including renewable energy, sustainable development and climate change, the protection and expansion of voting rights, health care, and building a more equitable and inclusive economy.

Gary holds a M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Goucher College. 

Dinora McRae

Executive Assistant

Dinora McRae is DC Green Bank’s Executive Assistant. She provides executive support as a liaison, aiding in the successful cultivation of partnerships, communications, and outreach for DC Green Bank. Dinora has a decade of experience working in hospitality management, HR, and employee training.

Shyrah Kum

Equal Access Advocate

Shyrah Kum serves as the Equal Access Advocate at DC Green Bank, where she is responsible for aligning processes, developing training, and designing outreach to ensure that DC Green Bank is a leader in implementing best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Shyrah’s background includes roles in program coordination, diversity recruitment, and human capital.  Previously, Shyrah served as a Development Manager in Human Resources and Deployment at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, an Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at Virginia Tech, and Program Coordinator at George Mason University and George Washington University. 

Shyrah holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in History from Virginia Tech. 

Annie Ratanasim

Sustainability Director

Annie Ratanasim is the Sustainability Director of DC Green Bank, where she is responsible for leading environmental, social, and corporate governance. Annie creates, reviews, and tracks a sustainability policy and performance metric system to ensure funds’ maximum impact. She brings experience in sustainability, renewable energy, business development and policy. She most recently served as the Director of the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund where she helped to expand the role of renewable energy throughout the state.

Annie received her M.P.A. with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Rhode Island and is currently working on her M.B.A. degree from Bryant University.  She received her B.A. in Communications Studies and Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. 

Gabriela Kluzinski

Investment Associate

Gabriela Kluzinski is DC Green Bank’s Investment Associate, where she is responsible for supporting the team in business origination, deal execution, and portfolio management. She brings experience in evaluating investments for sustainability & diversity and portfolio management. She most recently served as an Investment Analyst on Cambridge Associate’s Sustainable and Impact Investing team. Gabriela received her B.B.A from the University of Notre Dame in Finance.

Matthew Hickman

Investment Associate

Matthew Hickman is an Investment Associate at DC Green Bank, where he evaluates, structures, and executes green finance deals as part of the investment team, with a focus on building inclusive prosperity in DC’s historically underserved communities.

Matthew previously served as a Senior Analyst as CustomerFirst Renewables, helping clients spanning the range from large financial institutions to county governments transition to renewable power. His prior experience also includes consulting work for GIZ in Latin America and the Caribbean, where he helped build the business case for direct uses of geothermal energy which would benefit local communities by increasing incomes and food security while decreasing GHG emissions. Prior to his career in green energy finance, he worked in film as a screenwriter for six years. Matthew received an M.A. in International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Georgia.

Board Members & Advisors

Brandi Colander

Board Chair / Chief Sustainability Officer at WestRock Company
Brandi Colander is Chief Sustainability Officer at WestRock Company, where she leads the development and execution of a strategy to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to customers around the world. Prior to joining WestRock, Brandi was a Principal at The Raben Group, supporting clients by advancing their policy and strategy needs, as well as Head of External Relations with Charter Communications creating diverse partnerships and philanthropic investments. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the U.S. Department of the Interior advancing policy and regulations for the nation’s four energy development bureaus as well as Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Prior to her federal service, Brandi was an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Brandi earned her Master of Environmental Management at Yale University, J.D. from Vermont Law School, and Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.

Edward Hubbard

Board Secretary / General Counsel for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)
Ed Hubbard currently serves as General Counsel for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), where he provides counsel and advice on a wide array of federal renewable fuel and clean energy issues and policy. He advocates for the U.S. ethanol industry on key energy, agriculture, transportation, and clean air policy and regulatory matters before the U.S. Congress and key federal government agencies. Ed serves on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade (ATAC) in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds, jointly managed by US Department of Agriculture and US Trade Representative, and on the Board of Directors of Green Seal Inc. Prior to joining RFA, Ed served as Legislative Director and Counsel in the office of U.S. Representative Albert Wynn, overseeing the Congressman’s Maryland Delegation leadership responsibilities and chair activities for the Congressional Black Caucus Small Business Task Force, Hydrogen Caucus, and Wireless Caucus. Ed earned his J.D. from Howard University and B.A. from UCLA.

Nicole Rentz

District Agency Board Member / Legislative Director of the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
Nicole Rentz is the Legislative Director for the Department of Energy and Environment. Prior to joining DOEE, she was Ward 3 Councilmember Cheh’s legislative Director. Nicole drafted the bill initiating the District's Solar for All initiative. Nicole holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.S. in Neuroscience and Environmental Policy from Tulane University.

Priya Jayachandran

Board Member / CEO of Natural Housing Trust (NHT) and it's subsidiaries National Housing Trust Community Development Fund (NHTCDF)
Priya Jayachandran is CEO of National Housing Trust (NHT) and its subsidiaries National Housing Trust Community Development Fund (NHTCDF), and NHT Communities. Under her leadership, NHT is committed to creating and preserving affordable homes to provide opportunity, advance racial equity, reduce economic disparities and strengthen community resilience. Priya came to NHT from Volunteers of America, where she served as Senior Vice President of Affordable Housing Development. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs; and for over 20 years in community development banking at three major financial institutions. Priya is a recognized industry expert on affordable housing finance. Priya earned her B.A from UC San Diego and M.P.A. from Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Todd Monash

Board Member / Vice President of United Bank
Todd A. Monash is a Vice President of United Bank and a member of its commercial services team. He works with corporate clients to solve their most important banking needs related to credit, deposit, and treasury management. His client engagements include C-suite executives both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. He has provided financial literacy classes in English and Spanish to programs like the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF), area high schools, and churches. In addition, he has been a featured speaker at Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate. Todd obtained his B.A. from University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Georgetown University.

Bruno Fernandes

District Agency Board Member / CFO's Designee, OCFO
Bruno Fernandes serves as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer for the District. He manages the District’s treasury programs associated with its annual operating and capital budget, including management of the District’s banking and investment activities, check and electronic receipts and disbursements, and its debt issuance and repayment activities. He also oversees the District’s 401(a) and 457(b) retirement plans, 529 college savings plan, and the Unclaimed Property program. Bruno represents DC as a member of the National Association of State Treasurers and the Government Finance Officers Association. He is also an ex-officio trustee of the DC Retirement Board. Bruno received his M.B.A. from University of Maryland and B.S. in Finance from George Mason University. He maintains a Certified Treasury Professional designation and is an active member of the Association for Financial Professionals.

Sarosh Olpadwala

District Agency Board Member / Deputy Mayor's Designee, DMPED
Sarosh Olpadwala is the Director of Real Estate in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) in DC. He is responsible for overseeing the inter-agency acquisition, asset management, leasing, disposition, and strategic planning of a portfolio of District-based development projects worth over $13 billion. Located across all eight District wards, the projects vary in size from small-scale neighborhood retail to the 100-acre St. Elizabeths East Campus Redevelopment to the $4 billion initiative to reclaim the long-neglected Anacostia Waterfront. Prior to his appointment to the Office of the Deputy Mayor, Sarosh’s career spanned both the public and private sectors, including positions with Norcross Boldt, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Cherokee Investment Partners, and Clark Construction. He earned both his B.S. in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering and M.B.A. from Cornell University.

Ricardo Nogueira

Board Member / Expert on Climate Finance, International Development, and Sustainable investing
Ricardo (Rick) Nogueira is an expert on climate finance, international development, and sustainable investing. His clients include major philanthropies, governments and multilateral development banks. He previously served as Senior Advisor on Climate Finance at the U.S. Department of State during the Obama administration. He was a U.S. board member of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) where he oversaw all GCF related matters, including initial resource mobilization, institution building, strategy, and public outreach. Prior to public service, Rick spent 10 years in private sector fund management with a focus on carbon markets and clean energy. He was the founder and a Managing Director at Leaf Clean Energy Company, a private equity fund targeting clean energy investments across the Americas. Rick also has extensive legal experience at Van Ness Feldman, an energy and environmental boutique, and Felsberg & Associados. Rick obtained his B.A. from Lafayette College and J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law.

Jonathan Kayne

Board Member / Interim Director of the Office of Public-Private partnerships and Director of the Special Projects in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Jonathan Kayne is the Interim Director of the Office of Public-Private Partnerships and Director of Special Projects in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. He has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry in both the public and private sectors including office, retail, and residential. Jonathan has also held positions with the District as Interim Director and COO of the Department of General Services. Prior to joining the District government, he held positions as COO of DBT Development Group, Senior Vice President, Director of Real Estate for Federal Realty Investment Trust, and Vice President for Charles E Smith Residential. Jonathan received his B.S. from University of Hartford and M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University.