I grew up in the far east of Russia, on the Kamchatka peninsula. Ethnically, I'm half Russian and half Lithuanian. For the past 12 years I've lived in the US, moving from Alaska to California and then to New York, where I got my Master's degree and got involved in sustainability. Since February 2016, I've made Utrecht my home. In the summer of 2016, I started CleanVest, my own consulting firm, and I work for several clients promoting various aspects of sustainability in the built environment.
GNE Finance delivers eco-sustainable home renovation programs that combine technical assistance, affordable financing and smart funding. GNE works with cities and regions to design the programs accessible to all citizens, including vulnerable groups. GNE Finance currently has several pilot programs operating in Catalonia and the Basque Country. Additionally, the company is working on a number of projects for the European Commission. I head the business unit focused on the implementation of the European Projects and building relationships with public administrations.
I'm part of a small team developing an innovative leadership initiative, Buildings 2030, to foster building improvements in Europe. Buildings 2030 is focused on minimizing market fragmentation with regards to Health, Wellbeing and Productivity (HWP) indicators for energy efficiency buildings. We work with the private sector , on the one hand, and with the European Commission, on the other, in order to bring together the market perspective and legislative framework.
As a PACENation Fellow, my goal is to accelerate the development of the PACE market and lower barriers to entry for new PACE service providers. I advise on the organizational development and work on ad hoc projects.
I promoted energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings through an innovative financing mechanism - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). I worked with building owners, local governments, project developers, funders, and contractors to help grow the market for PACE financing.
I was part of a multi-disciplinary group that provided feedback throughout the development of model PACE program in Utah.
As a research assistant, I worked on multiple articles and publications. I co-edited "Alaska Politics and Public Policy: The Dynamics of Beliefs, Institutions, Personalities, and Power" book and co-authored a number of articles on Latin American politics, for instance "Interest groups and lobbying in Latin America: theoretical and practical considerations" published in the Journal of Public Affairs in 2013.
Produced policy recommendations for the international sustainable development field, including aid distribution by sector, island, and project
Specialty: Governance & Rights, GPA 3.95
Specialty: Economics, Political Science and Anthropology, Minor in French, GPA 3.93 • Magna Cum Laude; Outstanding Graduate in Social Sciences