Solar Success Through Experience and Expertise

Sunwealth® is an innovative, tech-driven clean energy investment firm. By leveraging our deep understanding of solar with our extensive investment experience, we have developed a well-rounded portfolio of commercial solar projects that boast significant financial returns and provide high-efficiency solar power to businesses, municipalities, and non-profit organizations.

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Combining clean energy expertise with an exclusive technology-driven review process, we facilitate collaboration between communities, developers, and investors, and support successful, high-yield commercial solar projects that provide affordable clean energy directly to power recipients and assert exceptional return potential to our investors. 

 

Leadership Team


 
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Jonathan Abe | Chief Executive Officer

Jon is a renewable project developer, financier, and asset manager with deep commercial solar transaction experience. Previously, Jon was a Senior Vice President at Nexamp, where he served as the head of business development, asset management, and policy. At Nexamp, Jon supported the development and financing of more than 40 MW of commercial-scale solar projects. He was also General Manager of Nexamp Capital, which controlled a diverse portfolio of solar assets. Additionally, Jon worked for the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust where he developed and managed the $68 million Commonwealth Solar program. Jon holds a BA from Cornell University.

 

 
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Jess Brooks | Chief Development Officer

Jess is an impact investing leader with over 15 years experience helping individuals and organizations align their investments with their values. Prior to joining Sunwealth, she was a Senior Vice President at Boston Community Capital, where she helped grow assets under management from $60 million to over $1 billion, leveraging over $5 billion in public and private investment in underserved communities nationwide. Jess previously served as Director of Communities and Affiliates at The New York Times Company, as an account manager at Abuzz, a technology start-up, and as a securities trader on Wall Street. An active civic leader, Jess serves on boards of Generation Citizen Massachusetts and First Teacher, and chairs Brown University's Advisory Council on Relations with Tougaloo College, a historically black college in Mississippi. Jess holds a BA from Brown University.

 

 
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Omar Blayton | Chief Financial Officer

Omar is an executive with extensive experience structuring, developing, and managing renewable energy projects, both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining Sunwealth, Omar was Managing Director of Project Finance at Innova Energy Partners, focusing on investments in the renewable energy and energy efficiency spaces. Before that, Omar was Vice President of Structured Finance at Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC, a leading commercial and industrial solar developer. There, he led all financing efforts and assisted with the company’s construction, business development, corporate operations, and legal divisions. Earlier in his career, Omar was a Vice President with Reznick Capital Markets Securities and an associate in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Leveraged Finance Group, where he managed leveraged buyouts, strategic acquisitions, and corporate refinancing. Before entering finance, Omar was an attorney with Reed Smith LLP serving as an investment management advisor to one of the nation’s largest mutual fund companies. Omar holds a JD from Columbia Law School, an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, and a BA from Cornell University. 

 

 
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Ryan Dings | Chief Operating Officer

Ryan is an experienced clean technology executive with a deep commitment to impact investment. In addition to his role at Sunwealth, Ryan is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Social Innovation Forum, Boston's leading community for social impact engagement and investment. Prior to joining Sunwealth, Ryan served as Head of Strategy and General Counsel at WrightGrid, LLC, a Boston-based firm that provides point-of-use power management solutions for emerging markets. Ryan previously served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at Blu Homes, Inc., the nation's leading premium prefab home builder. Ryan began his career practicing commercial real estate and construction law at a boutique firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ryan holds a JD from Wake Forest University School of Law, an MDesS from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill.  

 

 
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Charley Gould | VP of Asset Management & General Counsel

Charley is a business-oriented attorney with significant experience representing both early and later-stage companies. Prior to joining Sunwealth, Charley served as senior counsel for Nova Ventures Group, a private equity firm with a global portfolio of industrial technology companies serving a variety of industries, including energy, aerospace, semiconductor and infrastructure. Previously, Charley served as Director of Legal Affairs and Corporate Counsel at Blu Homes. Charley began his career in private practice assisting privately held companies, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations in all stages of the business cycle - startup to acquisition. Charley holds a JD from Wake Forest University School of Law and a BA from Boston University. 

 

 
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Michael Ferrante | Executive in Residence

Michael is an operations executive with deep experience in growing companies. Previous to his role at Sunwealth, Michael was Chief of Operations at MultiPlan, a leading company providing technology driven cost containment solutions in healthcare. At MultiPlan, Michael led all technology, operations, and product delivery across 1,500 team members. Additionally Michael was on the diligence team for all mergers and acquisitions, and led all corporate integrations across over a dozen acquisitions.  Over his 22 year career at MultiPlan, Michael helped lead the growth of the company from a market value of $200 million to over $8 billion. In addition to his Executive in Residence role at Sunwealth, Michael is an Executive Member of Galehead Development, the trusted greenfield development platform for IPPs, global utilities and Fortune 500 energy companies. He holds a BS in Mathematics from Fairfield University, and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

 

Board of Directors


 

Jonathan Abe
Sunwealth®

Andy Karetsky
Skyview Ventures

Thomas Ringler
PanelClaw Group, Inc

Matthew Picarsic
RCG LLC

Henri-Claude Bailly
RCG Ventures

 
 

Advisory Board


Sara Minard
College of Social Innovation

Matthew Mendis
Nexant

Mark Watson
Boston Impact Initiative

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond
Bethel AME Church