LGA Team

Who We Are

Jonathan Sandberg Naimon

Mr. Naimon is the founder and managing partner at LGA. A pioneer of modern sustainability investing, he is a seasoned executive with 20+ years of experience in sustainable investing, investment research, clean technology finance, environmental economics, and policy in North America, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Naimon created and managed the Eco Performance Portfolio, a sustainable public equity strategy that was the sole US sustainability manager to outperform CalSTRS S&P 500 benchmark for a decade. The active quantitative strategy directs investments to companies whose sustainability and supply chain profile helps generate competitive advantage.Mr. Naimon has particular expertise in solar finance, having advised Sun Edison on the development of the third party PPA tax equity finance model whose introduction led to 10,000% growth in US solar deployment.

Prior to founding Light Green Advisors, Mr. Naimon was a visiting professor at the Norwegian School of Management (BI), sponsored by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.  At BI, Jonathan advised the Norwegian Stock Exchange, Employers Association, Environmental Agency, MBA students doing projects for companies, Norwegian insurer Storebrand and Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) on their first sustainability funds.

Prior to the Norwegian School of Management, Mr. Naimon led one of the first corporate environmental risk assessment units at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC, now part of MSCI Risk Metrics). At IRRC, he led team that compiled and analyzed quantitative metrics for environmental progress. He also contributed to several seminal papers that related quantitative metrics of environmental progress to shareholder value and risk adjusted returns. While at IRRC, he also served as a visiting professor at the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University.

Prior to IRRC, Mr. Naimon held variety of positions with technical, environmental cost benefit, and energy economics responsibilities at Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), ICF International, and the Energy & Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives under Representatives John Dingell and Ed Markey.Mr. Naimon holds an MS in Environmental Management from the University of North Carolina and a BS in Biology and Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Gary Ladrido

Mr. Ladrido is managing director for LGA’s capital markets program. Mr. Ladrido has led a wide range of corporate finance assignments in the domestic and international clean technology sector and has executed equity-linked transactions in excess of $5 Billion.

As founder of Renewable Advisors, a leading strategy and financial advisory firm with an exclusive focus on sustainability, Gary leads delivery specialized consulting services including arranging private placements of limited partnership interests for experienced and successful fund managers from global investors. Gary was previously a Managing Director with Sustainable Development Capital where he worked with leading global sponsors, developers, corporations and institutions to structure and finance sustainable assets and services.

Previously, Gary was a Vice President and member of Morgan Stanley’s Clean Energy Team where he advised private companies on raising capital, timing to initial public offering (IPO) and associated valuation considerations. As a Management Consultant with Renewable Investors, Gary has advised large, multinational corporates, government agencies as well as global and local NGOs on how climate change creates challenges but also opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop innovative, value added, ideas necessary to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Gary earned a BS from the University of Southern California and received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

John Cusack

Mr. Cusack serves as Chief Sustainability Officer to Light Green Advisors (LGA) with a focus on corporate sustainability risks, opportunities, and clean technology assessment.

Mr. Cusack is President of Gifford Park Associates (GPA), a management advisory/contract executive services firm with a focus on corporate sustainability and risk/opportunity management. Prior to founding Gifford Park Associates in 1993, Mr. Cusack was lead start-up P&L executive of several Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) clean technology subsidiaries in North America and Europe and held various senior staff roles within ABB’s global operations. At ABB and a predecessor company, Combustion Engineering (CE), he was responsible for advising executives on developing, and commercializing energy and environmental technology, corporate environmental policy, and as operational liaison with ABB’s clean energy & environmental venture capital fund. He has also worked with a major US energy utility company and an international infrastructure engineering firm.

As part of GPA, Mr. Cusack recently served as Head of Financial Services Risk Management for Maplecroft Limited in the UK. Mr. Cusack also led the NY office of the Marsh Environmental Risk Management Consulting practice, advising Marsh corporate clients and the asset management team at Marsh’s sister subsidiary Putnam Investments on the financial and risk implications of climate change for energy and environmental investments. He was start-up CEO of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, one of the first corporate environmental performance rating agencies. He has advised over 50 multinational businesses, academic institutions and government agencies, including serving as Chief Sustainability Officer for LGA prior to becoming Senior Advisor.

Mr. Cusack has been an adjunct finance professor at the Hagan School of Business at Iona College and at the MBA Program at Marylhurst University, where he taught courses on sustainable finance. He has a BCE degree in Civil Engineering and a MCE in Environmental Engineering & Science from Manhattan College, as well as a MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU.

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Eric Bell

Eric Bell is LGA’s Chief Information Officer and has worked for LGA since its inception. Mr. Bell is responsible for algorithm enhancement, management of LGA’s proprietary software tools, integration with outside data sources, trading system interfaces, and enterprise information technology.

Mr. Bell has over 20 years of programming and data analysis experience and has held technical positions with AT&T Wireless and the University of Washington. Mr. Bell has an MBA and a Mathematics degree from the University of Washington.

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Cheyenne Concepcion

Cheyenne is a research analyst with LGA. Prior to joining LGA, she was a researcher at Alter Terra, a bi-national nonprofit where she focused on cross border environmental challenges shared by US and Mexico.

Ms. Concepcion has a BA in Urban Planning from UCSD with a focus on environmental sustainability and the built environment. In 2012, Cheyenne and her team at UCSD placed first in the NAIOP University Challenge, a regional tri-school real estate development competition, for their proposed plans to create a mixed use green office building.

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Glenn Anderson

Glenn Anderson is a co-founder and senior advisor to LGA. Mr. Anderson is an investment banker and serial entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in trading and project finance.

Mr. Anderson has held positions with Merrill Lynch, Conti Commodity Services, Boliden, DnB (Den Norske Bank), IBP Fondkomission and EFG. Mr. Anderson was a co-founder and is a senior advisor to LGA.

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Mark Sten

Mark Sten is a co-founder and senior advisor to LGA. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Sten is a co-founder and Executive Vice President at Globys, a data analytics company serving finance and telecommunications providers.

Mr. Sten holds a BA in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA/ABD from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of California.

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Jack Jolley

Formerly with BlackRock & Quellos (now BlackRock Alternatives), Mr. Jolley is a senior advisor to LGA.

J. Michael McCloskey

Formerly the executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club, Mr. McCloskey is a member of the Sierra Club foundation board and a senior advisor to LGA.

Dan Grimm

Formerly Washington State Treasurer, Dan is a Director at private equity firm Doughty Hanson and a senior advisor to LGA.

In Memorium: Ken McCready

Kenneth Frank McCready was one of the first energy industry executives who translated sustainability concepts into concrete action years ahead of many peers. Mr. McCready was a co-founder of the Business Council on Sustainable Development (now WBCSD). Ken also led TransAlta, a Canadian electric utility, and was the first utility executive in North America to commit a publicly traded corporation to offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions.

Ken did this before there was either a national or international regulatory framework for doing so, almost 20 years ago today. In addition to coauthoring a book for WBCSD on externalities, Ken helped found or fund a variety of companies active in accelerating the pace with which corporations adapt to environmental stress, including both Innovest (now part of MSCI) and LGA. Ken McCready passed away in 2011.