Jeffrey Tannenbaum is the founder of Titan Grove, a private holding company focused on building and owning mission-driven businesses that promote sustainable, healthy and just capitalism.
Mr. Tannenbaum founded Fir Tree Partners, a private global investment firm, in 1994. Prior to Fir Tree, Mr. Tannenbaum spent his career in the private equity industry at Kohlberg & Co, beginning as the analyst for Jerome Kohlberg, considered the founder of the modern private equity industry. Mr. Tannenbaum has served as Board Chairman of numerous public and private companies and founded and served as the Chairman of sPower LLC, which he helped build into our nation’s largest private solar utility.
Through the Fir Tree Philanthropies (“FTP”), Mr. Tannenbaum focuses on domestic job creation via accelerating America’s energy independence and promotes job creation and sustainable capitalism through innovations in public policy, finance and entrepreneurship. Through FTP, Mr. Tannenbaum organized our nation’s first major bi-partisan symposium focused on eliminating foreign oil dependence, hosted President Obama’s energy cabinet members for their 100 day planning retreat and operates a Scientist in Residence program. Mr. Tannenbaum also founded the not for profit PACENation.org which helped develop a new form of energy efficiency financing for buildings. Mr. Tannenbaum is a lecturer at Cambridge University where he teaches a global investing class.
Mr. Tannenbaum received a JD-M.B.A. degree from NYU and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University. He also studied at the London School of Economics and did postgraduate work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
For over two decades, Cisco DeVries has nurtured new ideas, created policy, built companies, and inspired change. He invented one of the most successful clean energy energy finance products — Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) — now a $6 billion industry and one of Scientific American magazine’s top 20 “world-changing” ideas.
In 2008, DeVries co-founded the firm Renew Financial, which under his leadership became one of the largest dedicated clean energy finance companies in the United States. As CEO of Renew, he raised over $2 billion in private capital that financed energy efficiency and clean energy projects in nearly 100,000 homes. Together, these projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one million metric tons. Previously, he spent five years as the Chief of Staff to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates where he managed the Mayor’s environmental agenda and developed the first PACE program. In 1996, he was appointed to the administration of President Bill Clinton, and served as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, held roles at the White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation, and organized the roll-out of key Presidential and Secretarial policy initiatives throughout the U.S. and internationally.
DeVries holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the national non-profit organization PACE Nation. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children. DeVries is working with Titan Grove to find a transformational idea that will reduce carbon emissions, create jobs, and strengthen communities.
Sandi is the Executive Assistant to Jeff Tannenbaum. Over the past decade, Sandi has provided critical support for a variety of important initiatives, including helping build sPower and the PACE industry.
Prior to her work with Jeff, Sandi held administrative and teaching positions in New York and Virginia. Sandi earned a master’s degree from Stony Brook University and a BS dual degree from SUNY Oneonta.
She currently lives in CT and is raising 2 amazing children. Aside from work, Sandi enjoys horseback riding, gardening, boating & fishing. Most of all, she treasures the time she spends with her family and friends.