Our mission is to create value for landowners, investors, our customers and their communities as we help transition the world to a cleaner energy future

leadership

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Jackson Naftel

Founding Partner

Jackson spent the last 15 years of his career in the real estate and energy industries. Prior to co-founding Sonder Energy, he was the Director of Development for a national solar company where he led development efforts in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. 

In his six years as Director of Development, Jackson oversaw more than 100 successful utility scale solar projects from inception to construction. Previously, Jackson worked at North Highland Worldwide Consulting where he focused on the energy and utility industry.  Jackson is also an instructor at Duke University where he’s currently teaching a course on Renewable Energy Development. 

Education: 

BS Environmental Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder
MEM, Duke University
MBA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Brian O'hara

Founding Partner

Brian O’Hara is an experienced clean energy executive with over 20 years in energy and project development. Prior to co-founding Sonder Energy, he held leadership roles in solar, wind, real estate, and oil & gas.

As SVP of Strategy and Government Affairs for a national solar company, he led all external affairs, policy and regulatory activities, and was a key player in the early startup of the company’s energy storage business. Before that, he was President and Founder of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, where he led wind energy development, policy, and advocacy efforts in the Southeast.

Brian has extensive experience in energy, project development, project management, engineering, policy, and finance. He began his career as an engineer with ExxonMobil on deep water, offshore oil & gas operations in West Africa. He has also led development teams and finance efforts in the U.S. real estate industry.

Education: 

BS Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

MS Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Stanford University

MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Blair SChooff

Founding Partner

Blair most recently served as Chief Business Development Officer at a national solar company. During his 8 years at the company, Blair was an active project developer, head of EPC sales, and originated utility relationships across the southeast. 

Blair was integral in advancing over 1 GW of solar projects as well as winning over 750 MWs of EPC business and direct project sales resulting in over  $1 billion dollars of revenue for the company.

Prior to his renewable energy career, Blair worked for 20 years in the music industry. During his 10-year tenure at BMG, Blair worked directly with artists and artist management to forge new business models with the labels he represented. After BMG, he moved to AOL Europe where he ran the music channel. He then moved to MusicNet, where he developed and launched digital entertainment platforms for Tesco, HMV, Samsung and Virgin Media. 

Education: 

BS Psychology, Wayne State University

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