° Director of Project Origination & Development
Jonathan Kevles’s career has spanned the public and private sectors, working for elected officials and for-profit and non-profit organizations. As Director of Project Origination & Development for Concentric Power, Kevles will apply his extensive experience in sustainability, public policy, public and private project finance, and management to identify and develop the next market opportunities for the company, with a focus on community-scale, multi-customer microgrids.
Most recently, Kevles was Senior Business Development Manager at Ameresco, where he was involved in microgrid projects for critical public facilities and private sector businesses, all of which had experienced the threat of or actual power outages. His previous roles included serving as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development under Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn and Regional Administrator for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Shifting his career from economic development to sustainable development, Jonathan was later a Sustainable Cities Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Director in the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Building Retrofit Program, the Lead Clean Energy Policy and Economics Researcher in the national Beyond Coal Campaign at the Sierra Club, a Senior Sustainable Economics consultant at AECOM, and a Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs for PACE Financing at Renew Financial.
Born and bred in Pasadena, CA, Jonathan earned his BA in Comparative Literature at Princeton University and both his MBA and MA in Urban Planning at UCLA. Though he still has his Downtown LA area code on his phone and still bleeds Dodger Blue, Jonathan has lived in the Bay Area since 2007, now living in Berkeley with his wife, daughter, and dog.