Sustainability Finance

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This panel will focus on the realities of financing sustainability initiatives.


Erin Smith, MBA
SVP, Bank of America
Based in Charlotte, as Sustainability Strategy Executive for Business Banking (BB) and Global Commercial Banking (GCB), Erin works to align BB and GCB Sustainability efforts to the broader Enterprise wide Bank of America Sustainability goals. In her current role, Erin focuses on banker preparedness and client engagement as it pertains to social impact, climate action and overall Sustainability strategy. Read full profile…


Rokas Beresniovas
Senior Director of Commercial Business and Investments at the Montgomery County Green Bank
Rokas Beresniovas is a prominent business and community leader with a diverse background in banking, commercial real estate, and non-profit sectors. He currently serves as a Senior Director of Commercial Business and Investments at the Montgomery County Green Bank. This role involves driving investments in clean energy projects and promoting sustainable financial practices within the community. Read full profile…

Chris Cucci, CCIM
SVP, Chief of Staff, Climate First Bank
Chris Cucci has spent his banking career, spanning two decades, in the Central Florida market where he’s had the opportunity to finance transactions across the nation. He serves as Chief of Staff at Climate First Bank where he leads strategic initiatives and oversees the bank’s lending initiatives in mission-aligned sectors including commercial solar, ESOP finance, and more. Cucci also serves as Senior Advisor at OneEthos, fintech affiliate to Climate First Bank, where he supports efforts to provide mission-based technology solutions to community finance partners nationwide. Read full profile…

Gideon Gradman
Managing Director and Northeast Region Leader, Baker Tilly’s Energy & Infrastructure Group
Gideon Gradman is the Managing Director and Leader of Baker Tilly’s Energy & Infrastructure Group, visiting us today from Philadelphia. Gideon is an experienced energy executive and adviser on energy development and finance. His work centers on understanding the spectrum of energy resources from oil & gas to renewable fuels, how best to use them, and strategies for financing them. Read full profile…

Juliet Huang
Partner, Chapman and Cutler LLP
Juliet Huang is a partner in the Public and Institutional Banking & Finance Group as well as the National Public Finance Department of Chapman and Cutler LLP. Juliet represents clients in a wide variety of public finance transactions, including direct lending, credit-enhancement, public offerings, municipal leasing, secondary market tax-exempt securitizations, and municipal distress workouts and restructurings. Read full profile…