Jeremy is the founding CEO and President of Eutectics®, where he has developed a national reputation as a thought leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy financing for new and emerging markets. In creating new and easier paths to finance clean energy projects, Jeremy leverages his deep and varied experience as a state lawmaker, law school graduate, finance facilitator, business owner, green building advocate and craftsman.
Jeremy’s optimism and enthusiasm for Eutectics’ work shines through at every turn. His commitment to making clean energy mainstream is best manifested by an old family saying: “The person saying something is impossible, should not interrupt the other person finishing it.”
Jeremy gained his reputation as a national leader on clean energy policy during his tenure as Representative in the Minnesota House from 2007-2010. He served as co-chair of Minnesota’s Green Jobs Task Force and founding Chair of CLEAN – the national Coalition of Legislators for Energy Action Now. He worked closely with the White House, leading bipartisan clean energy champions, and clean technology innovator. Jeremy continues to advise the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators on clean energy financing issues and he serves as GOVERNING Institute’s Senior Fellow for clean energy financing. He is a sought-after speaker at regional and national events, ranging from industry conferences like the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy’s Energy Efficiency Finance Forum to national policy gatherings at the National Press Club, the U.S. Senate and the White House.
Jeremy has a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, graduate training in architecture and green building from the University of New Mexico, and a B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Minnesota. Jeremy and his wife Hope work every day to pass along their values of environmental stewardship and service-driven work to their 4-year-old twins, Jonah and Leah, by growing a small garden and swimming regularly in nearby Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ian Schonwald - Project Consultant
Ian is the wizard behind Eutectics’ creative financing solutions. As a well seasoned finance analyst, he uses his deep knowledge base to put together finance approaches that make economic and environmental sense. Additionally, he’s able to demystify and simplify the complex financing tools for clients to understand and get behind the bottom line. Ian’s expertise and unique background sets Eutectics apart from other firms.
Ian holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emory University and an MBA from the University of Maryland with a dual concentration in finance and marketing. Having spent eight years in construction finance, he comes to Eutectics with a skill set and knowledge base that gives us the ability to understand the full scope of the projects and the best financing available. Ian spent many years analyzing large companies and projects from an insurance and risk perspective.
Ian and his family recently moved to Minneapolis from San Francisco. His wife, Sara, owns Listen to Lead Consulting, an education and leadership consulting practice focused on leadership development for social action. Ian and Sara are the proud parents of Elia and Silas.