Cisco DeVries, President, Renewable Funding LLC
Cisco DeVries is President of Renewable Funding, which helps local and state governments around the country design, administer and finance clean energy initiatives such as the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. Renewable Funding has been contracted to provide services to over 250 local and state governments throughout the country.
DeVries also serves as a resource to governments and organizations working on PACE and other clean energy financing programs, including providing technical assistance for the U.S. Department of Energy. He has presented at over 100 conferences, trainings, and workshops – including those sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sierra Club, ICLEI, and others.
As Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Berkeley, he envisioned and led the initial development of the PACE model, which allows property owners to pay for solar installations and energy efficiency projects as a line item on their property tax bill. The model has been replicated around the country and has spurred state enabling legislation in 23 states. PACE has received national and international attention, including being named one of the 20 “world-changing” ideas by Scientific American magazine.
Previously, while with the San Francisco firm Staton & Hughes, DeVries provided policy, media, and political guidance for a wide variety of clients from Members of Congress to Fortune 500 companies.
From 1996 to 1998, DeVries was an appointee in the administration of President Bill Clinton, serving as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the U.S. Secretary of Energy.
DeVries holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two children. He also sits on the Board of the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art.