PACENow and former Executive Director,
Connecticut Green Bank PACE Program
Jessica Bailey founded Greenworks Lending, LLC (GWL) in 2015 with the goal of accelerating PACE financed clean energy projects. Prior to GWL, Bailey was with the Connecticut Green Bank as the Director of Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), where she joined in August 2012. In this role, she designed an award winning state-wide PACE program that allows building owners to access financing to perform clean energy improvements on their properties. In its first two years, the program approved $75 million in clean energy projects and executed the first securitization of commercial efficiency assets. Bailey worked from 2004-2012 at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), an $800 million foundation based in New York. As the Fund’s program officer for sustainable development, she co-managed a $7 million portfolio of grants focused on combating climate change and promoting clean energy. In 2014, Bailey was selected as a Senior Fellow at PACENow, the leading industry association and advocacy organization for PACE. She was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House for solar deployment in 2014. The Hartford Business Journal dubbed her a “Green Warrior” for her work to design the successful Connecticut C-PACE program. She sits on the board of the New England Clean Energy Council. She received her graduate degree from Yale University and undergraduate from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.
PACENow and former SVP for Sustainability,
Simon Property Group
George joined PACENow as Senior Fellow in April 2014. Until recently, he was SVP, Sustainability for Simon Property Group, an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s sustainability strategy, including energy efficiency, waste recycling, renewable energy, tenant engagement, sustainable construction, and transparent reporting. George holds a Master of Science from Penn State University, and a Bachelor of Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal.
David was introduced to PACE while developing Energize Bedford, an energy efficiency financing program for homes in Bedford, New York, where he has served as an elected Councilman since 2008. Before his careers in energy and politics, David spent over 20 years as an investment banker to state and local governments, financing a wide range of capital facilities and programs at national firms including Credit Suisse First Boston and J.P. Morgan. David earned a bachelors degree in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Masters Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University.
Karen Penafiel, Vice President of Advocacy, Codes & Standards, BOMA International
Karen Penafiel joined the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International in December, 1989 and serves as vice president of the advocacy, codes and standards division of the association. In this capacity, Karen leads BOMA’s federal and state advocacy programs and oversees BOMA’s model building codes and voluntary standards efforts. As the association’s chief lobbyist, she works with Congress and the federal agencies on a wide range of issues affecting the commercial real estate industry.
Karen has taken the lead on energy and sustainability issues for BOMA for the past decade and is the author of BOMA International’s two guidance documents on electricity deregulation. She is currently leading the association’s market transformation efforts and helped develop BOMA’s green lease guides.
Karen is a graduate of Hamilton College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. She lives in Centreville, Virginia with her three children.