Co-Founder + Chairman
John DeVillars is a clean energy and environmental professional with substantial leadership experience in both the public and private sectors.
Mr. DeVillars’ public service career includes service as Secretary of the Environment for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Chair of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and Chief of Operations for Governor Michael Dukakis. In 1993 he was appointed New England Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency by President Bill Clinton, a post he served in until 2000. He has received numerous awards for his environmental service, including the President’s Award of the Nature Conservancy, given annually for national leadership in environmental affairs.
His private sector career includes founding and leading the Environmental Management practice for the national accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand (PWC); serving as Executive Vice President of Brownfields Recovery Corporation, a brownfields real estate investment and development company with assets in Massachusetts and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and as Lecturer on Environmental Leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, in addition to exercising his responsibilities on behalf of BlueWave, Mr. DeVillars served as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. As a senior fellow at the Center, he focused on the role of public utilities in meeting the climate change challenge. His faculty sponsor was Professor William Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy and the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) Research Director.
Mr. DeVillars serves on numerous public and private company and non‐profit boards including as a member of the Executive Committee of the New England Clean Energy Council; Chair of the Advisory Board of the Acadia Center, a leading research and advocacy group on the forefront of efforts to combat global climate change, and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust. In 2012 he was appointed by the United States EPA Administrator to serve on the agency’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology.
Mr. DeVillars earned his MPA degree from Harvard University and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Co-Founder + Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of BlueWave, Trevor leads all aspects of the company’s finance, operations and expansion activity. Trevor joined BlueWave as a founding executive in early 2012 and helped grow the company into one of the most respected solar developers and financiers in New England. During his tenure at BlueWave, Trevor has played an integral role in driving growth and expansion to a national platform focused on community solar and residential home solar financing.
Prior to joining BlueWave, Trevor was a Senior Director of Acquisitions and Development at Tishman Speyer, one of the largest and most respected real estate companies in the world. As a real estate private equity professional he gained extensive expertise in acquisitions, development, financing and asset management. He was also the Regional Finance Director of the Boston region and was intimately involved in all aspects of Tishman Speyer’s regional business.
Born in South Africa, Trevor was a Skye Foundation Fellow and also awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at MIT, where he completed MS degrees in both Design Technology and Real Estate Development. He also holds a Bachelor of Building Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Co-Founder + President
Eric Graber-Lopez is deeply involved in all aspects of BlueWave’s development activities with leadership responsibilities for project financing. He and Mr. DeVillars joined forces to launch BlueWave’s solar development activities.
Prior to joining BlueWave, Mr. Graber-Lopez served as Vice President and Senior Equity Analyst on the Specialty Equity Growth Team at Putnam Investments, where he helped manage $8 billion in U.S. mid- and large-cap growth equity portfolios. At Putnam, he focused on the energy, alternative energy, materials, and utilities sectors and was responsible for his team’s investments in those sectors in both public and private markets. Mr. Graber-Lopez started as a Senior Equity Analyst within Putnam’s Global Equity Research Group and was a member of the Natural Resources and Utilities fund teams. During his years on the sell-side, Mr. Graber-Lopez focused on the Energy and Utilities industries and was ranked by several leading industry surveys as being among the top analysts in his field. Mr. Graber-Lopez has extensive experience in firm valuation, mergers and acquisitions advisory services, private equity transactions, and portfolio management.
Chief Marketing Officer
Helen brings nearly 15 years of clean energy marketing experience to BlueWave, including both in-house and agency roles. Most recently, she was Director of Marketing at Powerhouse Dynamics, a multiple award-winning software company in the energy IoT sector. Prior to PhD, Helen was Director of Marketing at Advanced Energy Economy, a clean energy business association, where she helped to position AEE as a key player in the policy arena. Helen came to AEE from Millville Partners, the cleantech marketing agency she co-founded. Millville Partners was instrumental in supporting the growth of the Massachusetts clean energy business cluster, providing both marketing and program development and implementation for the Northeast Clean Energy Council, MassCEC, Clean Economy Network, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy, and a number of clean energy startups and established businesses. Helen’s first role in clean energy marketing was Marketing Manager at Cimetrics, an energy efficiency technology firm. Her prior career was in product development and store design for retailers, notably Crate & Barrel.
When she’s not at work heading up the BlueWave marketing team, she can usually be found renovating a house, hiking in the woods with her dog, or catching a podcast.
Helen graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in Visual and Environmental Studies.
Chief Financial Officer
Neal leads BlueWave’s finance and administrative functions, as well as legal, human resources, and facilities. He is a financial industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience managing and growing early stage companies, providing strategic financial planning, global cash management as well as debt and equity financings in the technology and cleantech industries. His diverse background blends public company experience with the high-growth, fast-paced environment of early-stage companies. Previous CFO roles include XL Hybrids, Open Blue, Ze-gen, EnerNOC (NASD: ENOC), Ucentric Systems; and founder, CFO and director of Cignal Global Communications. The Association for Corporate Growth Boston (ACG) and Mass High Tech named EnerNOC the 2007 Top IPO in New England.
Neal has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Principal - Community Solar Operations
Chris Gosline leads operations and product development for the company’s Community Solar product. In this role, Mr. Gosline has led the build-out and expansion of this product across Massachusetts.
Mr. Gosline comes from EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS), where he rose through EnerNOC’s operations organization, leading large teams, driving global expansion, and delivering on aggressive operational goals. Most recently, he led the Operations department, building out a 200 member team providing project management, engineering, environmental permitting, and customer support throughout Europe, UK, Asia-Pac, and the Americas. Prior to EnerNOC, Mr. Gosline worked in software engineering roles at several large multinational energy firms.
Mr. Gosline holds an MA in Energy Policy from the University of New Hampshire and a BA in Geography from the University of Vermont. He is also an Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA).
Principal - Development
Jon has over 10 years of renewable energy experience that spans the development, finance, commodity and construction industries.
At BlueWave, Jon leads the Project Development team where he has been instrumental in developing, constructing and selling over 40MW of solar assets. Prior to joining BlueWave, Jon co-founded Bridgewell Renewables, a supply chain finance investment solution for the solar industry. Prior to Bridgewell, Jon was Director of Origination for Amerex Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of the GFI Group an interdealer broker. At Amerex, Jon originated and traded carbon credits for the California compliance program and Renewable Natural Gas under the RFS and LCFS programs. Before Amerex, Jon was on the US origination team for EcoSecurities the global leader for developing and trading carbon credits in the compliance and voluntary markets. At EcoSecurities, Jon focused on methane capture and destruction for the landfill and agricultural sectors until he exited upon the sale of the firm to JP Morgan.
In his spare time, Jon is an Advisor for the Slater Technology Fund where he advises the fund on new ventures and startups. Jon lives in Rhode Island with his wife, two girls and their dog.
Principal - Solar Loan Operations
Alexi brings over 15 years of capital markets, risk management and finance experience to the BlueWave team. As the Managing Director of Capital Markets & Credit, Alexi leads BlueWave’s consumer solar finance business. Prior to BlueWave, Alexi was Principal at Admirals Bank where he was responsible for leading, growing, and managing numerous loan origination, acquisition and asset management businesses. Alexi has also held senior positions at Lehman Brothers Bank, Capital Crossing Servicing Company, and Capital Crossing Bank where he was responsible for sourcing, underwriting and pricing secondary market loan acquisition opportunities as well as the post-acquisition portfolio management.
Alexi has a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Economics from Williams College. He is formally credit trained and has a certification in Real Estate Finance from Boston University.
Advisory Board Member
Pauliina Swartz is an independent consultant who connects capital providers to financing opportunities in residential and commercial solar and who educates investors and lenders about the risks and rewards of solar energy assets. As a Senior Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, Pauliina facilitates research and consulting projects that seek to mitigate financing challenges faced by clean energy technologies.
Previously, Pauliina had a long career at State Street Corporation where she held numerous leadership positions in the bank’s structured finance business. She helped start several innovative structured finance businesses and developed expertise in finance, fixed income markets and global banking operations. During her banking career, Pauliina served customers ranging from small specialty lenders to the largest institutional investors in the world.
Pauliina is a board member of New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE). She serves on the Energy Advisory Committee for the city of Newburyport. Pauliina is an active mentor in the Accelerator Program of Cleantech Open Northeast. She previously served as an academic mentor in reading and math to elementary school students in Boston Public Schools for ten years.
Pauliina is a graduate of Brandeis University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. At Brandeis, she was the recipient of the full-tuition Wien International Scholarship. Pauliina is a fellow of the Emerging Leaders Program at UMass Boston and a CFA charter holder. She has completed several engineering MOOCs on renewable energy technologies on edX.org.
Pauliina grew up near the Arctic Circle in Finland and is the first person in her family to graduate from college. She has lived and worked in Germany and Australia and speaks several languages. Pauliina lives with her husband Peter on Boston’s north shore and enjoys wildlife photography, vegan baking, crafts of all kinds and organic gardening.