BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tommy Wells is the Director of the District Department of Energy and Environment. Most recently, Wells served as Ward 6 Councilmember, a position he held since 2006. During his tenure on the DC Council, Wells won support throughout Washington for his fundamental goal: creating a livable and walkable city for all. Wells started his Washington career in 1983 as a social worker in the DC foster care system, where he spurred and led a successful class action lawsuit, LaShawn v. Barry, to address the city’s failure to protect children in its care. In 1991, he took the helm of the DC Consortium for Child Welfare, and later established a groundbreaking program to match foster families with children affected by HIV/AIDS and also led the drive to create the D.C. Family Court. Wells has championed the next generation of public transit–including streetcar lines, expansion of the D.C. Circulator, and improvements in overall bus service. In addition, he crafted a landmark bill to charge a nominal fee on disposable bags. Wells graduated from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1991 and earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 1983.
Bruno Fernandes is Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Bruno Fernandes was appointed to his position in August 2018. As treasurer and deputy CFO, he manages the District’s treasury programs associated with its annual operating and capital budget. This includes management of the District’s banking and investment activities, check and electronic receipts and disbursements, and its debt issuance and repayment activities. He also oversees the District’s 401(a) and 457(b) retirement plans, 529 college savings plan, and the Unclaimed Property program.
Previously, Fernandes was the vice president and treasurer of ICF. Prior to joining ICF, he led the global treasury operations of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Before joining CSC, he held treasury and risk-management leadership roles at Intelsat and Sunrise Senior Living. Mr. Fernandes’s 25 years of finance and treasury leadership experience also includes serving on the boards of several organizations. Fernandes represents the District of Columbia as a member of the National Association of State Treasurers and the Government Finance Officers Association. He is also an ex-officio trustee of the DC Retirement Board.
Fernandes holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in finance from George Mason University. He maintains a Certified Treasury Professional designation and is an active member of the Association for Financial Professionals
Sarosh Olpadwala is the Director of Real Estate in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in the District of Columbia. He is responsible for overseeing the inter-agency acquisition, asset management, leasing, disposition and strategic planning of a portfolio of District-based development projects worth over $13 billion. Located across all eight District Wards, the projects vary in size from small-scale neighborhood retail to the 100 acre St. Elizabeth’s East Campus Redevelopment to the $4 billion initiative to reclaim the long-neglected Anacostia Waterfront.
Olpadwala measures his agency’s success primarily in the maximization of public value and community benefits negotiated into land dispositions, including additional affordable housing, underserved community economic development, job creation and small and local business development. He leads a team of project managers who provide an open, transparent, responsive and service-oriented real estate department for the residents and businesses in the District of Columbia.
Prior to his appointment to the Office of the Deputy Mayor, Olpadwala’ s career spanned both the public and private sectors, including positions with Norcross Boldt, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Cherokee Investment Partners and Clark Construction. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.
Jonathan Kayne is Director of Special Projects in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. In addition, Jonathan serves as the Interim Director of the Office of Public Private Partnerships. He has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry in both the public and private sectors including office, retail and residential. Jonathan has also held positions with the District as Interim Director and COO of Department of General Services. Prior to joining the District, he held positions as COO of DBT Development Group, Senior Vice President, Director of Real Estate for Federal Realty Investment Trust and Vice President for Charles E Smith Residential. Mr. Kayne received a master’s degree in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University.
Ricardo (Rick) Nogueira is an expert on climate finance, policy, international development, and sustainable investing. His clients include major philanthropies, European government agencies and multilateral development banks. During the Obama administration, Rick served as Senior Advisor on Climate Finance to the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, he as a U.S. board member on the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the largest multilateral climate fund. As State’s GCF lead, Rick oversaw all GCF related matters including initial resource mobilization, institution building, strategy and public outreach.
Prior to public service, Rick spent 10 years in private sector fund management with a focus on carbon markets and clean energy. His most recent role was as a Managing Director at EEA Fund Management, where he founded Leaf Clean Energy Company, a $400 million publicly-listed private equity fund targeting clean energy investments across the Americas. Rick held day-to-day managerial responsibility for all Leaf operations including fundraising, development of investment strategies, and deal origination and execution. Leaf built a portfolio of investments across a variety of sectors including wind power, solar panel manufacturing, biofuels, biomass power, LFG capture, waste-to-energy, concentrated solar and hydro power.
Rick also ran the Latin American portfolio for Trading Emissions plc (TEP), a publicly traded investment fund peaking at over $600MM AUM. TEP was principally emerging markets focused and invested equity and mezzanine debt in renewable and low-carbon businesses as well as in greenhouse gas emissions trading markets. As a fund manager, Rick sat on the boards of several portfolio companies, including an environmental credit trading business, a clean energy developer and a LatAm biofuels company.
Earlier in his career, Rick practiced law with a focus on energy transactions and climate policy. He spent five years as a senior associate at the energy and environmental boutique law firm of Van Ness Feldman and three years in São Paulo (Brazil) with the corporate law firm of Felsberg & Associados.
Rick holds a BA in Anthropology from Lafayette College and a JD from Seton Hall School of Law. He is fluent in English and Portuguese and capable in Spanish.
Priya Jayachandran joined the National Housing Trust (NHT) as president in early 2018. In her role, she also serves as President of the National Housing Trust Community Development Fund (NHTCDF) and NHT Communities.
Priya leads the Trust’s engagement efforts in preservation policy, affordable housing development, lending and multifamily energy efficiency and sustainability through a ‘balanced approach’ to fair housing. Under Priya’s leadership, the trust is committed to protecting, improving and maintaining existing affordable housing, while also establishing new affordable housing communities in quality neighborhoods with access to opportunities.
Priya came to NHT from Volunteers of America, where she served as the Senior Vice President of Affordable Housing Development. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Multifamily Housing Programs as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs.
Spending more than 15 years in community development real estate banking in New York and Washington, DC, Priya is a recognized industry expert on affordable finance deal structuring. Priya earned her B.A. from the University of California and her MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Brandi Colander is the Head of External Relations for Charter Communications, supporting their Diversity & Inclusion team. In this role, she is responsible for strategic outreach, external relations, stakeholder engagement and philanthropic initiatives related to Charter’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy. Prior to joining Charter she served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the United States Department of the Interior where she advanced regulations for the nation’s four energy development bureaus, led strategic initiatives, and managed government relations, congressional outreach and engaged diverse stakeholders. Colander began her career in public service as the Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Prior to joining the Executive Office of the President, Colander was an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Colander earned her Master’s degree at Yale University, Juris Doctor at Vermont Law School and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.
Edward Hubbard currently serves as General Counsel for the Renewable Fuels Association, where he provides counsel and advice on a wide array of federal renewable fuel and clean energy issues and policy. In addition to leading the RFA’s efforts in advancing its tax and international trade public policy agenda, Edward advocates for the U.S. ethanol industry on key energy, agriculture, transportation and clean air policy and regulatory matters before the United States Congress and key federal government agencies. As part of his lobbying and government relations outreach, he works to promote a policy framework that encourages greater production and use of biofuel and other bio-based products.
In addition to his lobbying and government relations work, Edward provides valuable counsel and guidance to RFA management and its Board of Directors regarding legal and antitrust compliance, and labor, employment and contract issues. Edward also advises the RFA with respect to federal political and election related matters and manages and oversees the RFA’s Political Action Committee.
Prior to joining RFA, Edward served as Legislative Director and Counsel in the office of U.S. Representative Albert Wynn. He advised former Congressman Wynn, who was a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, on legislative activities and helped manage the office and its staff. He also oversaw the Congressman’s regional whip duties, Maryland Delegation leadership responsibilities, and Chair activities for the CBC Small Business Task Force, Hydrogen Caucus, and Wireless Caucus.
Before his service on Capitol Hill, Edward worked in Culver City, California, as an associate at the law offices of Willoughby & Associates. While there, he litigated business, real estate, labor, employment, general tort, and civil rights disputes before state and federal courts. Previously, he worked as an associate in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where he advised corporate clients on securities and regulatory compliance issues.
Edward’s first job in Washington was working as a legislative correspondent in the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Before this, he served as Special Assistant to the Chairman for the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Water Rates in Los Angeles.
Edward is a member of the California State Bar. He earned a J.D. from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Todd A. Monash
Todd A. Monash, Vice President and member of the United Bank commercial services team has more than 20 years of banking and lending experience in the Washington, DC area. As a relationship manager, Todd is focused on large commercial clients. In his current position, he works with corporate clients to solve their most important banking needs related to credit, deposit and treasury management. His client engagements include c-suite executives both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
At the start of his career, Todd was a global real estate analyst for a top international accounting firm. His commitment to the industry continues to inspire him to give back to the community. He has provided financial literacy classes in English and Spanish to programs like the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF), area high schools and churches. In addition, he has been a featured speaker at Georgetown University’s Masters of Professional Studies in Real Estate.
Todd has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate from the Executive Development Program from Georgetown University. He attended high school at The Heights in Potomac, MD. He is a long time resident of the District of Columbia. He enjoys woodworking and is most proud of his award winning restoration of their historic Victorian home. He and his wife, Monte Monash, live in Ward 3, in that very home with their two sons and dog.
Hannah Hawkins is a tax attorney, with a specialization in tax issues and incentives associated with the energy industry. Hannah received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh and moved to DC in 2007 shortly after receiving her JD. Hannah spent the first 7 years of her career as an attorney in a big 4 accounting firm focusing first on the taxation of financial products and then later on energy. In this role she helped various industry participants, including regulated and unregulated power companies, project developers, and investors navigate the tax incentives available to the energy sector. In 2014 Hannah joined the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy as an attorney focused on energy and excise tax matters as well as various other tax incentives, including advising and developing guidance on tax issues associated with all energy sources, energy efficiency investments, water conservation, alternative fuels, taxable fuels, utilities, heavy trucks and tires, transportation by air, as well as new markets and historic rehabilitation tax credits.
Hannah and her husband and their three small children live in Adams Morgan.