Monica is a finance professional with over 17 years‘ experience consulting on water, energy, and environmental projects. Monica directs and coordinates the activities of the Kestrel team, and will work directly with the Climate Bonds Initiative and NYSERDA’s financing team.
Walt Robinson, MBA
Walt has experience in both public and private fixed income markets, and with municipal, non-profit, and corporate issuers. He has been affiliated with institutional firms such as General Motors‘ New York Treasury, Toronto-Dominion Securities, Credit Lyonnais, and Regions Morgan Keegan. Walt’s role on the Kestrel team is to review financial documents for conformance with Climate Bonds Standard. He also participates in Risk Assessments, management of the virtual data room, and post-issuance reporting.
Brad Anderson, CPA
Brad is a CPA and senior manager at Talbot, Korvola, and Warwick, LLP. His role on the Kestrel team is to oversee our assurance practices for conformance with the ISAE 3000 standard that is required by the Climate Bonds Initiative. He participates in risk assessments, pre-issuance verification plans, testing and fieldwork, and reporting.
Dara is a Project Manager par excellence. After graduating in 2005 with her Masters in Physics, Dara gained experience as an analyst in the energy sector and as a technical consultant for an intellectual property law firm. Her skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and attention to detail translate well to managing technical projects and distilling complex content. She helps us execute on verification strategies including technical writing and editing, data management and analysis.
Sara verifies projects for conformance with the Climate Bonds sector criteria. Her educational background and professional experience allow her to evaluate GHG emissions and impacts data, water quality and environmental impacts, and best practices in agriculture, carbon sequestration, stormwater management, air quality management and flood control. Based in Sacramento, Sara provides liaison with the California State Treasurer’s office and other state of California agencies. Sara is fluent in Spanish.
Marina’s role on the Kestrel team is to assist with verification engagements, including testing procedures and reporting. She excels at keeping complex submittals organized, and manages our virtual data room. Marina graduated with departmental honors from UCLA in 2014 and is also fluent in Spanish.
Gary Fiske, MPP, MS
Gary has 30 years experience in helping water and energy utilities develop resource plans to achieve reliable service, manage costs and rates, and minimize adverse environmental impacts. This work has included conservation planning and program design, pricing and finance, economic and financial analysis, and the evaluation of climate change impacts on water supplies. We have collaborated with Gary on many projects over the last 12 years and value his informed perspective. Gary’s role varies, but he often helps us understanding and now verify, the GH Impacts of water management actions.
John has over 30 years of experience as a securities lawyer and entrepreneur, and was General Counsel at the Pacific Stock Exchange and Boston Stock Exchange and Chief Regulator Officer for the NASDAQ subsidiary regulating options. He has represented and dealt with major securities regulators and governmental entities, including, among others, the SEC, FINRA, state regulators, Congressional banking and finance subcommittees, the CFTC, and emerging/developing country governments as an advisor and consultant in capital market development. John’s role on our Kestrel team is to advise on any potential conflicts or problems encountered during the verification process.
Shannon supports the Kestrel team by managing our office and keeping track of contracts and billing. She is responsible for payroll and benefits administration, business insurance and licenses, and other day-to-day operations of the business. She keeps track of contracts and project budgets and assists with business development.