Director, The Horinko Group
Director, Public-Private Partnerships & Resource Solutions Group
Sean M. McGinnis serves as Director of The Horinko Group. In this capacity, he is responsible for the firm’s entire financial operations, including close coordination with its partners and clients. Also managing the firm’s outreach efforts, brand equity development, and marketing strategies, Mr. McGinnis provides incubation for service capabilities that accelerate strategic company growth, including the development and execution of the firm’s executive stakeholder forums on behalf of its public-private clients. In 2012, Mr. McGinnis launched the firm’s Public-Private Partnership & Resource Solutions Group, assembling and leading a team of thought leaders to advance market-based and alternative strategies to environmental and infrastructure needs. He works closely alongside federal and state governments, NGOs, and the private sector to examine complex environmental challenges and provoke collaboration in a shared-solutions manner.
Mr. McGinnis draws on his background in finance, corporate banking, and global investment fund services. He brings a timely international perspective rooted in business development and risk-based policy, analytics, and management to the team, proving invaluable to clients exploring market-based resource solutions. Mr. McGinnis was previously with The Northern Trust Company as an International Credit Portfolio Manager and currently also serves as Treasurer for the Water Resources Action Project, Inc., a non-profit seeking to improve public health in the Middle East through greater water stewardship.
Mr. McGinnis received his Bachelors of Science in Finance from the College of Business at University of Illinois. He is pursuing his Masters in Natural Resources from the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at Virginia Tech University.
Rinehart Professor Emeritus of Business Law, The George Washington University Law School
Senior Advisor, Public-Private Partnerships, Infrastructure Finance & Development
Lewis D. Solomon is the Rinehart Professor Emeritus of Business Law at The George Washington University Law School, where he taught tax and corporate law for twenty-nine years.
Professor Solomon brings to consulting his knowledge of the public-private partnership (PPP) process in the infrastructure arena, including the opportunities PPP provide as well as the barriers to the successful creation and operation of PPPs. He offers expertise in the ways to finance and structure PPPs. He draws on his research regarding privatization in other areas, such as K-12 public schools and publicly-funded retirement plans.
A prolific author, his recent books, Privatization of Space Exploration: Business, Technology, Law and Policy; The Promise and Perils of Infrastructure Privatization: The Macquarie Model; and America’s Water and Waste Water Crisis: The Role of Private Enterprise, analyze privatization, particularly public-private partnerships, with the latter two books focusing on infrastructure. His earlier book, Financial Security & Personal Wealth, examined the privatization of Social Security. He is also knowledgeable about state and local fiscal realities as the result of research for his latest book, Cycles of Poverty and Crime in America’s Inner Cities.
President, Green Strategies
Senior Advisor, Energy/Climate Policy & Clean Technology Investment
Roger Ballentine is the Founder and President of Green Strategies Inc., a strategic environmental and energy consulting firm and a Venture Partner with Arborview Capital LLC, a private equity firm making growth capital investments in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors.
Previously, Roger was a senior member of the White House staff, serving President Bill Clinton as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives. Roger is also a co-founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
A frequent speaker and media commentator, Roger is a well-known clean energy expert and has been a Lecturer in the area of energy and climate policy at the Harvard Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington D.C.
Seth Brown, P.E.
Principal and Founder, Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC
Senior Advisor, Stormwater/Green Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, & Economics
Seth Brown is the Principal and Founder of Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm providing a range of services from policy and infrastructure finance analysis in the stormwater sector to the development and delivery of technical and policy-related training focused on stormwater topics. Through his consulting group, Seth was a major contributor for the recently released EPA Region III document, Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure.
He is a regular speaker at conferences and events related to stormwater-focused issues. In addition to his work in the private sector, Seth is the Senior Stormwater Advisor for the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Prior to this role, he was the WEF Stormwater Program and Policy Director, and in this capacity, Seth led WEF’s stormwater program by working with WEF members and others in the stormwater community to identify technical needs in the field and worked to develop programming and products to meet these needs. In this role, he also tracked Federal legislative and potential regulation changes relevant to the stormwater and wet weather community as well as provide general policy support on water sector issues.
Seth has a B.S. and an M.S. in civil engineering, is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland. He has over 17 years of experience in the private consulting sector, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. His research focuses on economic modeling of incentive-based investments of green stormwater infrastructure on private properties.
Founder, WaterTech Capital
Senior Advisor, Water Sector Sustainability & Investment
Stephen Hoffmann is Founder of WaterTech Capital Corporation, a private investment company that specializes exclusively in consulting and investment opportunities within the water industry. A resource economist and limnologist by training, Mr. Hoffmann is a pioneer in the advancement of the economic value of water. He was one of the earliest financiers to recognize the potential of water as an investment theme. In 1987, he published, “Water: The Untapped Market,” for the Economic Research Institute, a think tank for free market processes. His latest book, “Planet Water: Investing in the World’s Most Valuable Resource,” explores opportunities for investment in the water industry and has received praise from experts in varying fields. Mr. Hoffmann brings substantial consulting and operations experience as a Senior Advisor to The Horinko Group in the areas of water and wastewater treatment, technology commercialization, strategic marketing, water rate design, regulatory compliance, and water policy.
Previously, Mr. Hoffmann served as President and Senior Economist for Water Resource Management, Inc. and Founder of Water Partners. He was the West Region Manager of Ernst & Young’s National Environmental Practice and was National Director of Corporate Finance for The Miller Group, where he headed the firm’s initiatives in water. He also served on the Board of Directors of Water Chef, Inc., a public company engaged in the manufacture of water dispensing and filtration products, as well as Source Water International, Inc., a point-of-use water products manufacturing firm. He is a long time member of the American Water Works Association, the Water Quality Association and the Water Environment Federation where he often speaks on various topics within the industry. He has been a contributing editor to the U.S. Water News, Water Investment Newsletter for over ten years.
Senior Advisor, FinTech, Insurance, & Climate Resilience
Lindene Patton is a strategic leader with broad range of experience in the financial services and data analytics industries. Her specialized expertise combining business, science, technology and the law is particularly well suited to assisting customers in highly regulated industries including but not limited to banking, insurance, waste treatment and management, mining, and oil & gas.
Prior to consulting, Ms. Patton served as Group Head of Hazard Products for Corelogic; Chief Climate Product Officer for Zurich Insurance Group; SVP & Counsel for Zurich North America Specialties; VP & Counsel for Willis; and Associate General Counsel for Emcon.
She has a deep understanding of the business of (re)insurance, software as a service, data, analytics and related cloud based business models. As a practicing attorney and advisor, she has developed transactional and programmatic solutions for clients in multiple countries involving:
- governance, regulation and compliance;
- insurance, financial assurance and surety;
- applied analytics, including associated data privacy;
- sustainability; and
- resilience tools and techniques
Ms. Patton currently serves on the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the National Institute of Building Sciences Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE). Ms. Patton is an advisory board member for the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Ms. Patton has served multiple board appointments including to the National Academy of Science; the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Councils; the Executive Secretariat of the U.S. Department of Commerce National Climate Assessment; and the U.S. EPA Environmental Financial Advisory Board.
Ms. Patton has testified in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
Ms. Patton is an attorney licensed in California and the District of Columbia and an American Board of Industrial Hygiene-Certified Industrial Hygienist. Ms. Patton holds a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis; a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley; and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Senior Advisor, Technology, Partnerships & Redevelopment
Gordon M. Davidson is an internationally recognized thought leader and entrepreneur in the environmental, water, and energy arenas. He has founded or co-founded several successful companies including Capital Environmental which provided litigation support, technology commercialization, and brownfields services; IES Corporation which provided Fortune 100 clients a unique insurance coverage settlement model for contaminated sites resulting in over $3 billion in recoveries; DotRisk.com which was an internet platform for the buying and selling of insurance world-wide and was sold to a European insurer; and a new venture utilizing ground-breaking sensor technology to detect environmental pollutants and reduce energy usage.
As CEO of Micronic Technologies he led the commercialization of a new water separation and desalinization technology, as President of Davidson Energy Group LLC he was retained by the Department of Energy to provide strategy advice on its Energy Parks Initiative (EPI) designed to convert portions of its sites undergoing cleanup into clean energy parks, and as part of the Unified Energy team he brings energy efficiency and energy reduction solutions to the private sector.
Under the first Bush Administration, Gordon was appointed the first Director of EPA’s Federal Facilities Enforcement program overseeing the cleanup of military bases and DOE’s nuclear weapons production sites where he led EPA’s policy role on the cleanup and redevelopment of closing military bases (BRAC). A seasoned negotiator, public speaker, and facilitator, Gordon brings clients a powerful set of skills for forging solutions to the most intractable environmental, water, and energy challenges.
President, Green Light Group
Senior Advisor, Environmental Research, Writing & Investment Analysis
Dave Grossman is the founder and president of Green Light Group – a consultancy firm specializing in environmental and energy research, writing, and strategy. Mr. Grossman has been studying and working in environmental policy, politics, law, and organizing since the mid-1990s. He has developed expertise with issues ranging from climate change and energy efficiency to international environmental compliance, with perspectives drawn from domestic and international non-governmental organizations, state government, and political campaigns.
In his consulting, Mr. Grossman has helped foundations plan and execute strategies on climate change grantmaking, helped institutional investors and businesses explore the risks and opportunities posed by climate change, represented non-profit clients at the annual UN climate negotiating sessions, kept clients up to date on fast-moving domestic policy processes, advised clients on how best to hone their ideas and strategies, helped organize and report on workshops and roundtables, prepared thoroughly researched strategy memos and public reports, and helped numerous clients transform complex concepts and processes into logical, organized, and clear results.
Prior to founding Green Light Group, Mr. Grossman was a Staff Attorney with the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, managing projects for the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE). Before that, he worked in the 2004 presidential campaign cycle, first on Howard Dean’s campaign in the Democratic primary and then in the general election with Environment2004 conducting outreach to women, sportsmen, and independent voters. He also served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, did environmental law work with Earthjustice and the Alaska Attorney General’s Office, and was a grassroots organizer on endangered species and fisheries issues with the National Audubon Society (through Green Corps).
He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Politics and received his law degree from Yale Law School.