Team

Ryan Levinsonfounder and ceo
Ryan is a Baltimore native who has worked in the clean energy field since his time as a graduate student in the UK. Prior to SunFunder, he was VP of Environmental Finance at Wells Fargo and led $500 million of investments in more than 150 solar projects. Ryan founded SunFunder while working with off-grid solar companies in SE Asia and India in early 2012, where he was struck by the need for new financing solutions to make an off-grid solar revolution possible.
Audrey Desideratoco-founder and coo
Audrey is French-Indonesian and grew up in 9 countries. She is based in Tanzania, where she implements SunFunder’s East Africa partnerships. Prior to SunFunder, Audrey modeled clean energy projects for GI Energy, and performed market research for energy access impact investor E+Co. She was also a founding member of GOOD magazine. She is inspired on a daily-basis by our solar partners’ work and believes helping them scale is the best job in the world.
Sameer Halaico-founder and cdo
Sameer was born and raised in Bombay and leads product design, development and research at SunFunder. Prior to this he has worked at the Future Social Experiences lab at Microsoft and most recently was Director of User Experience at Limeade, a health and wellness startup in Seattle. He is the first person in the world with a Masters in Social Computing and is excited about leveraging human connections around the world to create scalable and sustainable solutions.
Dustin Kahlervp, solar finance
Dustin leads business development and investment structuring at SunFunder, and oversees the company's portfolio in Africa. Previously, he was VP of Environmental Finance at Wells Fargo where he closed over 100 MW of solar project investments and developed the U.S. solar industry's first investor-led backup servicing strategy. Prior to Wells Fargo he worked as an industrials analyst at the Balloch Group in Beijing and as a ski bum in Colorado. Dustin graduated with a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Andrea C. GriffinVP Portfolio
Andrea is focused on maintaining and establishing new global partnerships for SunFunder. Prior to SunFunder, Andrea worked with Orb Energy and led Orb's entry into new markets outside India by sourcing and growing distribution channel partnerships in East Asia, East and West Africa, and Latin America. Andrea was also an Acumen Fund Fellow for Orb and worked as Summer Associate with Acumen Fund Pakistan. Prior to Acumen, Andrea worked as an analyst at Bear Stearns and subsequently J.P. Morgan. She completed her Masters in International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Cindy Nawiliscommunity & operations lead
Cindy grows the SunFunder community and ensures that every person, business, and organization connected to SunFunder gets the attention they deserve. Before joining SunFunder, Cindy was with Kopernik managing partnerships with Indonesian local NGOs and distributing clean cookstoves and water filters to rural communities. She is interested in all things related to appropriate technology and holds a B.A. in International Relations from New York University.
Fredys Romeroplatform engineer
Fredys is a software development guru who has been programming since the age of 17. He has worked in the software industry as a programmer, team leader, and technology director. In 2010, he founded Beitech, a software company that is focused on serving the e-commerce industry. Fredys holds a Systems Engineer degree from District University of Bogotá FJC, Colombia.
Tonio DeSorrentoadvisor
Tonio is an attorney formerly with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. At Orrick Tonio specialized in novel securities transactions and helped a number of startup clients develop new products for both consumers and investors. Tonio received a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and a J.D. from Georgetown University and formerly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Partners

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges. They have provided support in helping SunFunder expand our East African operations.
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Sida is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. They have awarded grant funding for SunFunder to refine our risk management toolkit.
Better Ventures
Better Ventures (formerly known as Hub Ventures) helps high caliber entrepreneurs build their world-changing startups better and faster. SunFunder participated in the Hub Ventures Spring 2013 cohort along with six other high-impact startups.
Facebook and Cleantech
SunFunder won the Cleantech Goes Social contest which challenged companies to “leverage Facebook’s billion person network to accelerate cleantech and increase engagement in sustainability”. SunFunder was awarded a prize of $25,000 in addition to ongoing implementation support from Facebook.
Orrick
Orrick is a leading international law firm with deep expertise working with solar energy, crowdfunding and microfinance businesses and organizations. They have provided SunFunder with pro bono legal services and we can't thank them enough.
Stiefel Family Foundation
The Stiefel Family Foundation is a hybrid nonprofit which makes seed-stage investments in renewable energy startups and gives away the proceeds as grants to sustainability and job-creation programs in the US and Middle East. They provided SunFunder with matching funds to support the dollar-for-dollar matching loan during our Solar Lights Holiday Challenge. We're extremely grateful for their generosity.
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