Drew Buechley comes to Project Frog as the Chief Executive Officer with more than 25 years of extensive strategic advisory, financing and operational experience in directing companies through high growth periods. Prior to Frog, Buechley co-founded and was a managing director at Pharus Capital Management, LLC, a passive investor in late stage venture-backed companies and Pharus Advisors, a New York based boutique advisory firm. Prior to Pharus, he held senior executive and corporate development positions in various portfolio companies owned by Kohlberg and Company, LLC. Buechley has worked in a variety of industries, including technology, retail, and manufacturing sectors. Previously, he was a general management consultant for the Lucas Group where he managed and executed buy-side advisory, economic viability, and operational improvement engagements. Buechley began his career at Arthur Andersen as a CPA. He has a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
Marijke is responsible for defining, expanding, and shepherding Project Frog's component building solutions in the education sector both nationally and in the Bay Area. Marijke has focused her career around the nexus between people and place, working with leading K-12, university, and civic organizations to help optimize the potential of their built environments. Trained in history and urban planning at Columbia University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Marijke’s career has been influenced by a complex array of assignments, both large and small, in the U.S. and Asia. Her work is framed by a deep commitment to creating healthy, vibrant, and sustainable places and her success as a leader and innovator in her field landed her on Building Design + Construction Magazines’ 2008 “40 Under 40” list. Marijke comes to Project Frog from the innovative consulting firm MKThink, where she was Director of Planning and from Perkins Eastman in NYC, where she was Director of the firm's Strategy Group. She is a devoted urbanist, runner, dancer and proud mother of two.
Mike is a licensed architect in the state of California with over 15 years of experience with highly detailed and complex construction projects. He also brings a wealth of knowledge in program management and product development while working with cross functional hardware and software engineering teams to plan, execute, and deploy integrated hardware, software and operations solutions at scale. Building on his combined experience in the construction and technology industries, Mike has a passion for solving architectural problems with an emphasis on scalability and repeatability of design.
A California native, Rick is responsible for every facet of preconstruction at Project Frog, including nurturing client/partner relationships, organizing and implementing the Preferred Installer Partnership Program and utilizing his many years of “boots on the ground” construction experience for customer acquisition and delivery. Rick started his career with an ENR Top 100 General Contractor as a project engineer, which led him to a position as superintendent leading day to day field operations. Just prior to becoming a member of the Frog team, Rick served as a project manager for a general contractor on a Project Frog school campus that serves under-privileged kids. Inspired by the high-level of innovations that made Project Frog buildings highly-functioning, but also incredibly affordable and accessible to lower-income communities, Rick was excited to accept a position that would allow him to be part of a team which intends to revolutionize an industry that is in dire need of a makeover. When not reinventing our industry, Rick enjoys riding dirt bikes, snowboarding and spending time with his family.
Paul Straub is a Partner at Claremont Creek Ventures where he focuses on energy and IT investments. Prior to joining Claremont Creek in 2005, Paul’s experience included working for and investing in technology companies through roles at Information Technology Ventures, Infinity Capital, VERITAS Software, and Red Hat Software. Paul began his career in investment banking at Montgomery Securities and subsequently joined Thomas Weisel Partners at the firm’s inception. Paul serves on the board or as a board observer at Alphabet Energy, Project Frog, EcoFactor and Adura Technologies and previously at Property Bridge (acquired) and Lefora (acquired). Paul has an MBA from Duke University and a BS from the University of Virginia.
Josh Green is the Managing Partner of CCM Energy, a leading clean energy investment firm based in Washington, DC and a part of the CCM Group of Companies. Josh has more than 14 years of experience in the energy industry, with an exclusive focus on investment in clean energy and low-carbon projects since 2003, as well as experience spanning private equity, entrepreneurship and strategy consulting. Prior to CCM Energy, Josh co-founded and served as CEO of Verdeo Group, a leading clean energy project developer acquired by Sindicatum Sustainable Resources in April 2011. Before Verdeo he was a Vice President at Climate Change Capital, where he was responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of low carbon and energy investments in Latin American for the firm’s $1 billion carbon fund. Josh also previously held the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, the Vice President of Latin America for Softbank Emerging Markets and a consultant to some of the leading utilities in South America with Monitor Group. Josh holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College. He currently serves on the boards of Aircuity, Generate Capital, Project Frog, Nextility, and Summit Power Group.
Fabiano Silveira Aguilar is the Managing Director of Parabellum Investments, a proprietary investment firm focused on private equity, liquid financial markets, hedge funds and real estate investments. He was a co-founder of Tusker Capital, a Global Long/Short Hedge Fund focused on energy, metals and mining, agriculture and industrials investments, and serves as Managing Director/COO. Prior to Tusker, Fabiano was a shareholder and served as Senior Vice President North America, Europe and Head of M&A for Agentrics, a multinational B2B service and technology platform servicing global retail and consumer goods industries. The company, which connects over 250 retail customers with 80,000 suppliers in +60 countries, has achieved over $18 billion in transaction volumes and over $4 billion in savings since its founding in 2001. Early in his career, Fabiano was the Regional Director of Business Development Americas and Europe for Telefonica B2B, worked in management consulting for A.T. Kearney, and was an analyst at First National Bank of Boston. Fabiano has an MBA from Insead in France, a CSS from Harvard University in the USA and a BS from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing in Brazil.
Andrew has spent the last two decades working at the nexus of new technologies and societal transformation. Andrew has co-founded, invested in, and advised more than a dozen start-ups and recently launched a new model of investment firm, Broadscale Group, working with leading energy companies to invest in and commercialize the industry's most promising innovations. In 2000, he founded GreenOrder, a strategy firm that has worked with more than 100 enterprises on energy and environmental innovation. Andrew has partnered with GE's leadership since 2004 on the creation and execution of its ecomagination initiative; counseled GM for five years on strategic issues including the launch of the Chevrolet Volt; and served as the green advisor for 7 World Trade Center, NYC’s first LEED-certified commercial office tower, while also working with a number of the country's other most prominent real estate firms. Andrew has written two books and held teaching and research appointments at the Aspen Institute, Columbia, Harvard, NYU, and Yale. Fortune described him as “green business’s go–to guy.”
Rachel Kropa is an executive in the Foundation department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles with offices in New York, London, Nashville, Beijing, St. Louis, Chicago, and Stockholm. Kropa works in the Los Angeles office and serves as a strategic advisor to actors, writers, directors, athletes, executives, and corporations on their philanthropic and pro-social initiatives. She also handles environmental initiatives for the company. Kropa began her entertainment career at Everyman Pictures and Paramount Pictures, and joined CAA in 2003. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry. She is currently the Board Chair of Peer Health Exchange in Los Angeles; she sits on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Media Association; and she is on the Advisory Boards of Safe Place for Youth and Musicians On Call in Los Angeles. Kropa is also a member of Conservation International's Generation Conservation.
Tim leads BDS Ventures, which creates new businesses for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) either through developing new products and services or disrupting markets with game-changing technologies and business models. Current technologies and markets include carbon capture; hydrokinetic power generation; renewables integration; microgrids; and timing and location services. Noonan served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. A St. Louis native, Noonan is married and has five children. He has raised awareness and money for wounded warriors through activities such as competing in Ironman triathlon and starting a non-profit corporation. He is a founding board member of Friends of Soldiers Memorial in St. Louis and serves as a board member of The Mission Continues, the most socially innovative organization in the country serving and challenging this generation of veterans. Tim earned a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
John Picard began his professional career as an architect building expensive homes for people who, as he puts it, “had way more money than sense.” After a life-changing ride in a private jet, Picard set out to use his talents to help others envision and implement sustainable business solutions. Picard’s insights and practical energy solutions were instrumental in the Greening of the White House in 1993. This led to the creation of the U.S. Green Building Council, now one of the world’s most influential and fastest-growing nonprofit organizations. John continues to translate many of his most innovative ideas into successful projects for commercial buildings, college campuses, and even entire towns by explaining the elegant principles of Natural Systems Designs. More recently, Picard was featured as the “green prophet” on the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green. Today John Picard balances his consulting work with personal appearances, advancing ideas that promote innovation and sustainable solutions in every sector of the new economy.
David Gottfried is internationally acknowledged as one of the foremost founders of the global green building movement. In the early 1990's he founded the first green building council, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which has since been adopted in 89 countries and is among the fastest growing nonprofits in the world. Gottfried also founded the World Green Building Council and created the concept for the LEED® green building rating system (adopted by 140 countries). A private business owner, David is CEO of Regenerative Ventures and Regenerative Network. Regenerative Ventures, a GreenbuildTech™ adviser, consultant and GreenbuildTech™ business incubator, has assisted over 100 organizations in establishing sustainable building strategies, sustainable business program inventions, and business development acceleration. Regenerative Network is a private business-to-business green building consortium that assists to accelerate the adoption of high-performance green building products. Its Members comprise the world's leading green building product manufacturers.
For over 17 years, “EcoJim,” as nick named by Interface founder, Ray Anderson, has championed sustainability as a proactive strategy to uncover business efficiency and growth opportunities by addressing global challenges. Finding his place at this intersection of head and heart, design and purpose, Jim has championed sustainable enterprise as the right and smart thing to do through a wide range of Interface responsibilities (innovation, policy, and business development) and external roles with organizations such as the US Green Building Council (two-term Chairman), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the President's Council on Sustainable Development. Most recently leading Interface’s consulting business, InterfaceRAISE, Jim served leaders in over 40 Fortune 1000 companies on their own sustainability initiatives in sectors as diverse as retail, transportation, food and beverage, construction, and manufacturing. Jim also served as a strategic advisor to Walmart in the formative years of its sustainability journey. Today, Jim is focused on defining the next phase of sustainability, building on Ray Anderson’s legacy, shifting beyond the concepts of environmental sustainability to embrace the “human technologies” of collaboration, learning and innovation that are vital to sustaining progress at Interface and beyond.
Karen is a licensed architect with nearly twenty years of experience in the healthcare, high-tech, and biopharmaceutical industries. Karen came to Project Frog from Stanford Children’s Health | Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, where she was the Director of Capital Improvement. She and her team managed the design and construction of approximately $50 Million annually. Prior to her time at the children’s hospital, Karen was the Director of Construction for St. Joseph Health at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. During her tenure in Napa, Karen oversaw the annual capital improvement program, and the design and construction of five major projects, totaling $250 million. In her quest to be a good steward of hospital resources, Karen consistently delivered her projects on time and under-budget. At Project Frog, Karen is seeking the construction trifecta… a high-quality project, delivered on budget, and in record time. When she’s not at work, Karen and her husband, Martin, run a small circus, consisting of their three young sons.
The Regenerative Network identifies leading green building product manufacturers and service providers (Network Members) and unites them with qualified buyers and leading industry A/E/C and Real Estate professionals (Network Affiliates).
The result is a dynamic forum to develop and share sustainability strategies and best practice, review new technologies and cutting edge products, and incubate strategic relationships.
The Washington, D.C. based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
USGBC’s mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
The EMerge Alliance is an open industry association developing standards leading to the rapid adoption of DC power distribution in commercial buildings.
These innovative standards integrate interior infrastructures, power, controls and devices in a common microgrid platform to facilitate the hybrid use of AC and DC power throughout buildings for unprecedented design and space flexibility, greater energy efficiency and improved sustainability. The Alliance will simplify and accelerate market adoption of EMerge Alliance standards. EMerge Alliance is a member of the USGBC.
The mission of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools is to facilitate the design, construction and operation of high performance schools: environments that are not only energy and resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit, and containing the amenities for a quality education.
The California Charter Schools Association advances the charter school movement through state and local advocacy, leadership on accountability, and resources for member schools. CCSA is a trusted source of data and information on California's charter schools for parents, authorizers, legislators, the press and other interested groups.
The Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) was formed in 1978 to promote, develop, and support state and local funding for K-12 construction.
C.A.S.H. Membership contains over 1,500 school districts, county offices and private sector businesses and advocates for funding to build, modernize, and maintain K-12 public schools in California.