Bracken Hendricks is the President & CEO of Urban Ingenuity, and program administrator for Washington DC’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program, where he oversees a $250M bonding authority for the only dedicated clean energy financing program in the nation’s capital. Urban Ingenuity works nationally to provide debt financing and solar tax-equity solutions to affordable housing project developers and non-profit organizations, completing the first ever HUD approved PACE financing for federally subsidized affordable housing, and the first tax-exempt financing of a PACE project. In addition, Urban Ingenuity works with local governments and real estate developers to design and implement cost effective district-energy micro-grids, serving diverse clients including the New York City Office of Recovery and Resilience, the District of Columbia Office of Energy and Environment, Gallaudet University, Enterprise Community Partners, and the master developers of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, among others.
Hendricks is widely published on economic development, energy efficiency, and climate and energy policy, including authoring two books. With Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, he co-wrote “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy” (Island Press, 2008). In addition, he co-authored a book-length macro-economic analysis of the economic impacts of the transition to a clean energy economy, titled “Green Growth: A US Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities” with Professors Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, and James Heintz (University of Massachusetts, PERI, 2014).
Prior to founding Urban Ingenuity, Hendricks served as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and advisor to President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative on issues of job creation, energy innovation, and resilient cities. He helped establish the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resulting in over $90 billion in clean energy investment, the Green Jobs Act, and other federal state and local energy policies. He was founding Executive Director of the labor and environmental coalition the Apollo Alliance (now the Blue Green Alliance). Hendricks has served as advisor to the Electric Policy Research Institute (EPRI) advisory committee, the campaign and transition of President Barack Obama, the AFL-CIO, and as Special Assistant to the Office of Vice President Al Gore and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, supporting the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and Interagency Climate Change Working Group. He holds Masters degrees in urban planning and public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.