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Chaberton Energy develops sustainable infrastructure and renewable projects, with a primary focus on distributed energy generation and community solar projects. 

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REASON ABAJUO
VP, Legal & Corporate Affairs

• 6+ years of energy sector legal experience

• Leads all legal business matters at Chaberton Energy

• Advised on over 100 MW of projects across various countries in sub-Saharan Africa

• Supported development and acquisition transactions resulting in successful implementation of over 30 MW of solar projects at Safari Energy

• LL.M. from Harvard Law School; LL.B. from Abia State University (Nigeria); admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in Nigeria

GUSTAV ANDERSSON
Associate, Corporate

•  3+ years of investing experience

•  Leads financial due diligence and analysis of new organic investments

•  MS in Finance from Fordham University

MARK BEVERUNGEN
Manager, Development

• 7+ years of project management and operations experience in the solar industry

• NABCEP PVIP Certified since 2015

• Lead and advance project development activities at Chaberton Energy

• Conduct project analysis to maximize solar productivity and investment returns

RYAN BOSWELL
Director, Development

• 10+ years of experience in renewable energy and energy performance

• Leads development activities in Maryland and Delaware at Chaberton

• Previous leadership experience within the Clinton Climate Initiative

• B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas

• Candidate 2022 — Master of Energy Regulation and Law — Vermont Law School

 

LUCAS BROWN
Manager, Development

• 9+ years solar industry experience

• Supported the development and/or acquisition of successfully deployed solar energy projects totaling 150+ MW across residential, C&I and community solar categories

• Previous roles at Direct Energy Solar, Standard Solar and Gordian Energy Systems

• M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, B.A. and B.Mus. from Lawrence University

JENNY BRADY
Associate Manager, Development

• B.A. from UCLA in the Analysis and Conservation of Ecosystems.  M.A. from Antioch University in Environmental Advocacy

• 20+ years’ experience in operations and project management in profit and non-profit sectors

• Long-time New Mexico resident serving as Associate Manager, Development at Chaberton in New Mexico 

NATALIE CASTRO
Manager, Development

• 9 years of project management and operations experience in the solar industry 

• Leads development activities in Maryland at Chaberton Energy

• B.S in Business Analytics and MBA from University of Connecticut School of Business 

 

TONY CAUDLE
Assistant, Administrative

• 6+ Years’ experience as administrative assistant and project development. 

• Former Chief Communications Officer for RedTail Capital Markets.  

• Communications background from Howard University with a concentration in telecommunications management. 

 

 

MICHAEL DONIGER
Chief Operations Officer

• 20 years of experience in engineering, development, and operations

• Leads technical and operational aspects of the business at Chaberton Energy

• Start-up to first-of-its-kind renewable solid fuel MLP, which grew to $1B+

• Led largest Amazon non-sort fulfillment center

• Previously nuclear submarine chief engineer for U.S. Navy

• MBA from Georgetown University; B.S. in Engineering from U.S. Naval Academy

SENAKE GAJAMERA
Chief Financial Officer

• 18 years of energy sector finance experience

• Leads partnership development and finance at Chaberton Energy

• Previously head of Investment Advisory for ENGIE (Latin America)

• Played an instrumental role in growing wind & solar footprint to 1.7 GW at Engie

• Closed transactions in the energy industry worth over $20 billion

• B.A. from Middlebury College; M.A. from Johns Hopkins University

 

JOHN GNESDA
VP, Development & Engineering

• 10+ years of electrical engineering design and leadership experience

• Lead engineer within Chaberton Energy

• Previously head of renewable energy practice and transportation practice within ARM Group and subsidiaries

• Professional Engineer in PA, MD, NY, NJ (and expanding)

• B.S. from University of Pittsburgh; M. Eng. from Iowa State University

ANGELICA JOHNSON
Manager, Business Operations

• 6+ years of experience in business and project management

• Leads daily business operations, HR & company culture initiatives, and social media presence

• Supports solar development activities, community outreach, and marketing endeavors

• NABCEP PVA Certified, Oct 2022-2025

• MBA from the University of Tennessee: Knoxville; B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Virginia

ADAM KIGER
Photovoltaic Designer

• 6+ years electrical engineering and design experience within energy and automation

• Supports PV design and engineering at Chaberton

• B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering & Mathematics from WVU Tech

LARRY KNIGHT
Manager, Business Development

• 5-years in solar industry

• Solar Sales and Project Management of 15-state market footprint

• B.S. from Michigan State University (Go Green!)

MICHAEL MCGEHEE
Manager, Development

• 20+ years of energy sector experience, including solar energy and nuclear power

• Leads land origination and development activities at Chaberton Energy

• Previously nuclear submarine officer for U.S. Navy, still serving as Navy Reservist

• Played key role in development of advanced tactical Submarine Officer Training curriculum

• MBA from the University of Connecticut; B.A. in Geology from University of California at Berkeley

JOHN MILLER
Director, Development

• 10+ years of experience in the solar energy industry, including residential, commercial, industrial, remote net metering, and community solar projects

• Leads origination activities with a focus on Power Purchase Agreement negotiation & execution

• Has led all facets of project development which directly resulted in the successful implementation of over 40MW of completed solar projects

• Previous leadership positions at ReneSola Power Holdings & Clean Energy Collective

• B.A in Political Science from The College of New Jersey with a concentration in Law, Politics, & Philosophy

INAYA MOLINA
Associate Manager, Community Engagement

• 3+ years of experience in engineering and project management using agile fundamentals

• Leads community outreach and supports solar development, marketing endeavors, and business development

• Experienced in data, AI, and sustainability policy review, risk management, and development 

• B.A. in Physics from Hendrix College in Arkansas

KATE POTAPOVA
Manager, Development

• 2+ years of experience in engineering and project management

• Leads development activities in Virginia at Chaberton Energy

• Assisted in managing over $100M LEED Silver construction job in DC

• B.S. from Alcorn State University; M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America

STEFANO RATTI
Chief Executive Officer

• 20 years of experience in the energy industry

• Leads greenfield development activities and the overall Chaberton Energy business

• Developed over ~$1 billion in renewable fuel and solar energy assets

• Previously hired and led greenfield development teams

• Held management positions at Enviva, Areva, and Boston Consulting Group

• B.S. and M.S. in Energy Engineering from Politecnico di Milano

ANNE RUFFNER
Manager, Business Development

• 20 years’ experience as a top tier performer consulting some of the world’s largest companies and key executives.

• Founded a company recognized for crafting strategy to take concepts to realities and engineering scalable growth.

• A natural born math geek with an uncanny ability to think outside of the box.

• Creative, outgoing, inquisitive, and loyal; Anne is laser-focused on helping companies beat the odds.

MATT STAVIS
VP, Development

• 15+ Years of Energy Industry experience

• Sales, Operations and Product Development Leader

• Deployed Multiple 7 Figure Projects in Solar, Storage, Combined Heat & Power, Lighting and Energy Efficiency

• B.S. from Vanderbilt University; MBA University of Miami

KEITH WALKER
Manager, Development

• 20 years of experience in software, systems and test engineering

• Leads project-based and land origination activities at Chaberton Energy

• Previous experience at Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Air Force, DHHS, FDA

• Played key role in several business process improvement projects, including aircraft testing and development, and optimization of government archives

• B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California; M.S. from University of Maryland

 

PHILIP (CHUCK) WATKINS
Director, Development

• 10+ years of energy sector experience, including solar energy and energy efficiency

• Leads project origination and development activities at Chaberton Energy

• Led many award-winning community solar projects and has special expertise in developing community solar for low-income customers, multi-family housing, government, and education institutions

• Previously developer at LCAST and Executive Director at Grid Alternatives

• B.S. from Auburn University

ALBERTY YEH
Associate Manager, Development

• 4+ years experience in the legal services industry

• Supports project origination and development activities through the Land Origination Team at Chaberton Energy

• B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University with a concentration in Conflict Resolution & Asia as a Regional Theme

KEITH YUHAS
Director, Accounting

• 20+ years of experience in the renewable energy sector

• Leads all accounting activities at Chaberton Energy

• Previously Vice President of Accounting and Finance at Standard Solar

• Assisted in developing over $500M of operational solar assets at Standard Solar

• B.S. in accounting from Clemson University

Reason Abajuo

VP, Legal & Corporate Affairs
  • 6+ years of energy sector legal experience
  • Leads all legal business matters at Chaberton Energy
  • Advised on over 100 MW of projects across various countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Supported development and acquisition transactions resulting in successful implementation of over 30 MW of solar projects at Safari Energy
  • LL.M. from Harvard Law School; LL.B. from Abia State University (Nigeria); admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in Nigeria

Gustav Andersson

Associate, Corporate
  •  3+ years of investing experience
  • Leads financial due diligence and analysis of new organic investments
  • MS in Finance from Fordham University

Mark Beverungen

Manager, Development
  • 7+ years of project management and operations experience in the solar industry
  • NABCEP PVIP Certified since 2015
  • Lead and advance project development activities at Chaberton Energy
  • Conduct project analysis to maximize solar productivity and investment returns

Ryan Boswell

Director, Development
  • 10+ years of experience in renewable energy and energy performance
  • Leads development activities in Maryland and Delaware at Chaberton
  • Previous leadership experience within the Clinton Climate Initiative
  • B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas
  • Candidate 2022 — Master of Energy Regulation and Law — Vermont Law School

Lucas Brown

Manager, Development
  • 9+ years solar industry experience
  • Supported the development and/or acquisition of successfully deployed solar energy projects totaling 150+ MW across residential, C&I and community solar categories
  • Previous roles at Direct Energy Solar, Standard Solar and Gordian Energy Systems
  • M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, B.A. and B.Mus. from Lawrence University

Jenny Brady

Associate Manager, Development
  • B.A. from UCLA in the Analysis and Conservation of Ecosystems.  M.A. from Antioch University in Environmental Advocacy
  • 20+ years’ experience in operations and project management in profit and non-profit sectors
  • Long-time New Mexico resident serving as Associate Manager, Development at Chaberton in New Mexico 

Natalie Castro

Manager, Development
  • 9 years of project management and operations experience in the solar industry
  • Leads development activities in Maryland at Chaberton Energy
  • B.S in Business Analytics and MBA from University of Connecticut School of Business 

Tony Caudle

Assistant, Administrative
  • 6+ Years’ experience as administrative assistant and project development. 
  • Former Chief Communications Officer for RedTail Capital Markets.  
  • Communications background from Howard University with a concentration in telecommunications management. 

Michael Doniger

Chief Operations Officer
  • 20 years of experience in engineering, development, and operations
  • Leads technical and operational aspects of the business at Chaberton Energy
  • Start-up to first-of-its-kind renewable solid fuel MLP, which grew to $1B+
  • Led largest Amazon non-sort fulfillment center
  • Previously nuclear submarine chief engineer for U.S. Navy
  • MBA from Georgetown University; B.S. in Engineering from U.S. Naval Academy

Senake Gajamera

Chief Financial Officer
  • 18 years of energy sector finance experience
  • Leads partnership development and finance at Chaberton Energy
  • Previously head of Investment Advisory for ENGIE (Latin America)
  • Played an instrumental role in growing wind & solar footprint to 1.7 GW at Engie
  • Closed transactions in the energy industry worth over $20 billion
  • B.A. from Middlebury College; M.A. from Johns Hopkins University

John Gnesda

VP, Development & Engineering
  • 10+ years of electrical engineering design and leadership experience
  • Lead engineer within Chaberton Energy
  • Previously head of renewable energy practice and transportation practice within ARM Group and subsidiaries
  • Professional Engineer in PA, MD, NY, NJ (and expanding)
  • B.S. from University of Pittsburgh; M. Eng. from Iowa State University

Angelica Johnson

Manager, Business Operations
  • 6+ years of experience in business and project managemeny
  • Leads daily business operations, HR & company culture initiatives, and social media presence
  • Supports solar development activities, community outreach, and marketing endeavors
  • NABCEP PVA Certified, Oct 2022-2025
  • MBA from the University of Tennessee: Knoxville; B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Virginia

Adam Kiger

Photovoltaic Designer
  • 6+ years electrical engineering and design experience within energy and automation
  • Supports PV design and engineering at Chaberton
  • B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering & Mathematics from WVU Tech

Larry Knight

Manager, Business Development
  • 5-years in solar industry
  • Solar sales and Project Management of 15-state market footprint
  • B.S. from Michigan State University (Go Green!)

Mike McGehee

Manager, Development
  • 20+ years of energy sector experience, including solar energy and nuclear power
  • Leads land origination and development activities at Chaberton Energy
  • Previously nuclear submarine officer for U.S. Navy, still serving as Navy Reservist
  • Played key role in development of advanced tactical Submarine Officer Training curriculum
  • MBA from the University of Connecticut; B.A. in Geology from University of California at Berkeley

John Lennon Miller

Director, Development
  • 10+ years of experience in the solar energy industry, including residential, commercial, industrial, remote net metering, and community solar projects
  • Leads origination activities with a focus on Power Purchase Agreement negotiation & execution
  • Has led all facets of project development which directly resulted in the successful implementation of over 40MW of completed solar projects
  • Previous leadership positions at ReneSola Power Holdings & Clean Energy Collective
  • B.A in Political Science from The College of New Jersey with a concentration in Law, Politics, & Philosophy

Inaya Molina

Associate Manager, Community Engagement
  • 3+ years of experience in engineering and project management using agile fundamentals
  • Leads community outreach and supports solar development, marketing endeavors, and business development
  • Experienced in data, AI, and sustainability policy review, risk management, and development 
  • B.A. in Physics from Hendrix College in Arkansas

Kate Potapova

Manager, Development
  • 2+ years of experience in engineering and project management
  • Leads development activities in Virginia at Chaberton Energy
  • Assisted in managing over $100M LEED Silver construction job in DC
  • B.S. from Alcorn State University; M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America

Stefano Ratti

Chief Executive Officer
  • 20 years of experience in the energy industry
  • Leads greenfield development activities and the overall Chaberton Energy business
  • Developed over ~$1 billion in renewable fuel and solar energy assets
  • Previously hired and led greenfield development teams
  • Held management positions at Enviva, Areva, and Boston Consulting Group
  • B.S. and M.S. in Energy Engineering from Politecnico di Milano

Anne Ruffner

Manager, Business Development
  • 20 years’ experience as a top tier performer consulting some of the world’s largest companies and key executives.
  • Founded a company recognized for crafting strategy to take concepts to realities and engineering scalable growth.
  • A natural born math geek with an uncanny ability to think outside of the box.
  • Creative, outgoing, inquisitive, and loyal; Anne is laser-focused on helping companies beat the odds.

Matt Stavis

VP, Development
  • 15+ Years of Energy Industry experience
  • Sales, Operations and Product Development Leader
  • Deployed Multiple 7 Figure Projects in Solar, Storage, Combined Heat & Power, Lighting and Energy Efficiency
  • B.S. from Vanderbilt University; MBA University of Miami

 

Keith Walker

Manager, Development
  • 20 years of experience in software, systems and test engineering
  • Leads project-based and land origination activities at Chaberton Energy
  • Previous experience at Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Air Force, DHHS, FDA
  • Played key role in several business process improvement projects, including aircraft testing and development, and optimization of government archives
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California; M.S. from University of Maryland

Philip (Chuck) Watkins

Director, Development
  • 10+ years of energy sector experience, including solar energy and energy efficiency
  • Leads project origination and development activities at Chaberton Energy
  • Led many award-winning community solar projects and has special expertise in developing community solar for low-income customers, multi-family housing, government, and education institutions
  • Previously developer at LCAST and Executive Director at Grid Alternatives
  • B.S. from Auburn University

Albert Yeh

Associate Manager, Development
  • 4+ years experience in the legal services industry
  • Supports business operations, project origination, and engineering teams at Chaberton Energy
  • B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University with a concentration in Conflict Resolution & Asia as a Regional Theme

Keith Yuhas

Director, Accounting
  • 20+ years of experience in the renewable energy sector
  • Leads all accounting activities at Chaberton Energy
  • Previously Vice President of Accounting and Finance at Standard Solar
  • Assisted in developing over $500M of operational solar assets at Standard Solar
  • B.S. in accounting from Clemson University

Experience You Can Trust

Our team boasts 125+ years of combined experience in the energy industry. We are professional, competent, and collaborative in our work.

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