Meet the team
Our leadership team brings decades of experience in renewable energy, finance, software and entreperneurship, and more than 5,000MW of renewable energy development.
Steve currently serves as the CEO of Catalyze where he leverages his 25 years of experience managing companies in renewable energy, EPC and control systems technology. Steve has held executive leadership positions in large engineering, construction and project companies like Quanta Power Generation, Boeing Energy, BAE Systems Energy, and Lockheed Martin Energy where his business units have developed, designed, financed, constructed and operated over $2B in renewable energy projects, including over 800 MW of solar, storage, microgrids, substations, energy efficiency, and related services. Steve holds a BS, MS, and PhD from the University of Alabama.
CTO & CO-FOUNDER
Steve is a senior software executive specializing in building world class software engineering and technical sales and support teams from early stage start-ups and beyond. He has been a leader in the San Francisco Bay area renewable-energy technology community for nearly a decade. Previously, he was the CTO and VP of Software Engineering at Sungevity, a leading residential solar development company where he led the Software Engineering team in designing, building and implementation of their national and international software backbone for residential solar design, account management, regulatory compliance, and finance. Prior to Sungevity, he was the VP of Software Engineering at Sunrun, the leader in residential solar sales, design and installation. He has a proven track record in building highly scalable software platforms across many industries using cutting edge technologies and brings more than 25 years of experience in high-end software development, database engineering and analytics, and building Engineering teams. Originally from England, Steve studied computer science at Guildford University.
CFO & CO-FOUNDER
James brings twenty-five years of entrepreneurial, technology, finance, and energy expertise to renewable energy analytics. Previously, James spent 17 years exclusively building software companies as Managing Director of Converge Venture Partners, a Boston-based seed investment fund, and its predecessor, CommonAngels, an angel group comprised of leaders in the technology community. He previously worked at Cambridge Energy Research Associates and for US Department of Energy, at the latter managing a team of 30 senior scientists and engineers at the US National Laboratories. Prior to that role, James was the Environment, Science & Technology Officer at the US Department of State’s Office of Russian Affairs, handling a wide range of bilateral and multi-lateral programs, including climate change, non-proliferation, satellite launches, and the International Space Station Agreement. James earned his MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Master’s Degree from UCLA in political science, and a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program.
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Kristen brings over 10 years of marketing and communications experience working at mission-driven and environmentally-focused startup companies and nonprofits. Prior to joining Catalyze, Kristen was the Senior Director of Marketing at Solect Energy, the leading C&I solar company in Massachusetts, where she led the company’s marketing efforts and contributed to the sales and development of over 90 MW of commercial-scale solar. Earlier in her career, Kristen established and managed marketing activities for a publicly traded Boston-based clean tech company before she moved into the nonprofit space leading the marketing organization for United Planet. Kristen received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, with a focus in Sustainable Development. She’s passionate about environmental sustainability and social justice and has followed these passions throughout her academic and professional career.
VP OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Debi is an entrepreneur, executive, and consultant for start-up and growth companies. She is passionate about creating great places to work by building high-performing, values-driven cultures and implementing scalable infrastructure. Her expertise includes organizational design, change management, talent acquisition & development, employee relations, compensation & benefits, HRIS & business systems, compliance, and M&A due diligence and integration.
VP OF SALES
Steve brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial, business development and strategic sales experience to the Catalyze leadership team. Prior to Catalyze, Steve was the VP of Sales and Business Development at Altus Group (Argus Software) where he worked closely with commercial real estate owners, investment managers, REITS, and pension funds, to understand and develop SaaS based data management and analytics solutions that met client’s needs. Prior to Altus Group, Steve was the VP of Sales for Costar’s Investment Analysis product and was responsible for the sales and business development initiatives of the firm’s commercial real estate asset management and business intelligence solutions. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Boston University.
VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
R.T is a results-oriented business leader with 25+ years of diverse and progressively responsible experience across engineering, marketing and business development in renewable energy, software, and semiconductor industries. Prior to joining Catalyze, R.T. held executive leadership positions at Sterling & Wilson, Phoenix Solar, Renewable Energy Systems, and Quanta Power Generation where he executed over 1,500 MW’s of renewable energy contracts and strategic partnerships.
R.T. has Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and son near Boulder Colorado, and enjoys playing drums with local classical, jazz, and rock musicians.