Management Team

Connecticut Green Bank Leadership Team

Bryan Garcia
President and CEO

Bryan Garcia, President and CEOBryan Garcia is the president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank the nation’s first state-level green bank. The green bank model is demonstrating how smarter use of public resources can attract more private investment in the clean energy economy reducing the energy burden on households and businesses, creating jobs in local communities, increasing the deployment of clean energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global climate change.

Before joining the Green Bank, Garcia was program director for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. At Yale, Garcia led efforts to develop a leading global program responsible for preparing environmental leaders for business and society. There he was co-editor of two publications Carbon Finance: Environmental Market Solutions to Climate Change and Carbon Finance II: Investing in Forests for Climate Protection. Prior to Yale, he served as Connecticut’s Climate Change Coordinator where he supported the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change. Early in his career, he was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer specializing in NGO capacity building and environmental education in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Bryan is the Co-Chair of the Financing Solutions Working Group of the State Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEEAction Network), on the advisory boards of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Connecticut School of Engineering, and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, and recently joined the Board of Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

He holds a B.S. degree in political economy of natural resources from U.C. Berkeley, M.P.A. in public and non-profit administration and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University, and an M.E.M. degree from Yale University.

George Bellas
Vice President of Finance and Administration

George Bellas, Vice President of Finance and AdministrationGeorge has served as Vice President, Finance and Administration of the Connecticut Green Bank since its inception in 2011. He previously serviced in the same capacity for the Green Bank’s predecessor organizations since 2005 while also serving as Vice President, Finance and Administration for Connecticut Innovations, Inc. the State of Connecticut’s venture capital agency.

He worked for 20 years as the Vice President and Controller for the commercial contract and manufacturing divisions of BKM, a national Steelcase office furniture dealership. He started his career at Price Waterhouse in Hartford specialized in audits of manufacturing clients. George holds the CPA designation and has served as a committee chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has also served as a volunteer at Community Accounting Aid and Services. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in accounting from Western New England University.

Craig Connolly
Managing Director, Marketing

Craig has over 20 years experience in product marketing, branding and business development in fields as diverse as managed care, wholesale apparel and retail. Prior to the Green Bank, Craig was the director of marketing for Nurtur Health, a division of the national Medicaid company, Centene Corp.

As a marketing director for Aetna, Inc., Craig successfully rebranded the company’s Behavioral Health and Employee Assistance Program business, helping them grow to the second largest EAP in the country.

In addition to his strategic marketing experience, Craig spent several years at the Connecticut General Assembly as a legislative aide and press secretary. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in marketing from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Mackey Dykes
Vice President Commercial and Industrial Programs

Mackey Dykes, Vice President Commercial and Industrial ProgramsMackey joined the Connecticut Green Bank in 2012, where he leads the Commercial and Industrial Programs. In that role, through programs such as C-PACE, he helps commercial and industrial building owners, non-profits, schools and hospitals access affordable capital for clean energy projects. Before taking over the Commercial and Industrial portfolio in 2016, he served as the Green Bank’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In that role, he helped lead the transformation, development and implementation of the Green Bank’s clean energy financing mission as well as running its day-to-day operations. Prior to joining the Connecticut Green Bank, Mackey was the White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has also held leadership positions in several political campaigns. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.

Brian Farnen
General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer

Brian Farnen, General Counsel and Chief Legal OfficerAs General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for the Connecticut Green Bank, the nation’s first green bank, Brian directs all legal, legislative and regulatory affairs. Brian was an attorney with the AmLaw 100 law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge before accepting a position with Sikorsky Aircraft as a senior attorney. Here, Brian provided legal counsel for the majority of Sikorsky’s strategic international sales campaigns and oversaw all global environmental, health and safety legal matters. Brian’s past state government experience includes time spent as a regional director for the Department of Economic and Community Development and a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Barry Schaller of the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Brian was named a “New Leader in the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune in 2013. Brian taught “Law and Society” as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, is a board member of the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association and he is a former member of the CT Judicial Review Counsel.

Brian obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Connecticut. He went on to earn both his Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut School of Law and School of Business, respectively.

Ben Healey
Director of Clean Energy Finance

Ben Healey, Director of Clean Energy FinanceBen joined the Connecticut Green Bank in 2012 to support the development of financing solutions that serve to accelerate the deployment of clean energy and energy efficient solutions across Connecticut. Among other initiatives at the Green Bank, Ben has helped lead the way in developing the nation’s leading Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program, structured innovative deals to enable solar investment for non-investment grade properties, and broken new ground by building clean energy investment partnerships with not only traditional financial institutions but also emerging players such as foundations and crowdsourcing platforms.

Earlier in his career, he served as the Staff Director to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in the Massachusetts State Legislature.

Ben holds degrees from Yale’s School of Management and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, as well as Yale College, and he is a former member of the New Haven Board of Aldermen.

Dale Hedman
Managing Director, Statutory and Infrastructure Programs

Dale Hedman, Managing Director, Statutory and Infrastructure ProgramsDale develops the models that determine what financial and/or technical support the Connecticut Green Bank might be able to offer to make projects economically viable. He also leads the team that evaluates project proposals that involve residential solar, commercial fuel cell, commercial solar, biomass, landfill gas and wind equipment technologies.

With over 30 years professional experience, Dale has held management positions with the US Energy Biogas Corporation, Yankee Energy Services Company’s Energy Division and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Dale holds a Master’s Degree in business administration from Xavier University and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Bert Hunter
Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

Bert Hunter, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment OfficerAs Chief Investment Officer of the Connecticut Green Bank, Bert leads the finance team’s development of new and innovative financing programs that attract more private capital to scale-up the state’s clean energy investments, including energy efficiency, renewables and alternative fuel vehicles and associated infrastructure.

Bert was Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Spectrum Capital, Ltd, an investment bank focused on commercial aircraft finance and investment in U.S. electric power generation. He was accountable for all financial control and served as the company’s senior risk officer, overseeing all extensions of credit and investment of the firm’s capital. Prior to Spectrum, Bert was the treasurer of the international leasing company of Chemical Bank, where he managed the funding for a billion-dollar portfolio of aircraft and equipment loans and leases outside the United States.

Bert is an alumnus, a former Trustee and former member of the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University (BS) and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Suzanne Kaswan
Vice President, Human Resources

Suzanne Kaswan Vice President, Human ResourcesAs Vice President, Human Resources, Suzanne oversees the full range of human resource (HR) functions for the Connecticut Green Bank (CGB), including talent acquisition, talent management, and training. Along with the CGB leadership, Suzanne is responsible for positioning the company as an employer of choice in the energy finance industry.

An HR professional with more than 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Suzanne has been handing HR functions on behalf of CGB since 2007. Prior to that, she oversaw HR for the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) as part of her role as Vice President of Human Resources at Connecticut Innovations, which previously administered the fund. Suzanne also laid the HR groundwork for the Clean Energy Fund’s transition when it became the Clean Energy Finance Investment Authority in 2011. She has hired the majority of the staff at CGB, drafted HR policies and procedures, and developed and implemented a compensation structure and career progression plan for employees. In 2014, Suzanne transferred to CGB and now exclusively handles HR functions for CGB.

Prior to joining CI, Suzanne served as an HR consultant for Connecticut’s Department of Administrative Services. She has also provided trusted counsel and guidance in the areas of recruitment, classification and compensation.

Kerry E. O’Neill
Vice President of Residential Programs

Kerry E. O'Neill, Managing Director, Residential ProgramsKerry has responsibility for all single family and multifamily financing programs at the Green Bank.

With over 25 years of increasingly senior roles in strategy, marketing and operations, Kerry has executive management experience in sectors as diverse as financial services, business outsourcing, direct marketing and educational services.

Prior to joining the Green Bank as Director of Residential Programs in 2013, Kerry was Senior Advisor at the Clean Energy Finance Center, a non-profit organization which she co-founded. The center developed innovative approaches to attract greater private and public sector capital to finance large-scale energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. Kerry also co-founded Earth Markets, a consulting firm that developed and managed community-based social marketing programs to accelerate demand for energy efficiency. Earth Markets was the program manager for the Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, an innovative 14-town residential efficiency program funded by a $4.2MM grant from the US DOE BetterBuildings program. Prior to that, Kerry was EVP of Transaction Management, Product Development and Strategy at Clayton Holdings, an industry-leading provider of credit risk analytics and due diligence services in the mortgage-backed securitization market.

Kerry earned a BS in computer science and engineering from MIT and a master’s degree from NYU Tisch School of the Art’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Eric Shrago
Director of Operations

eric-shragoAs Director of Operations, Eric oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization including administration, human resources, technology, and evaluation, measurement, and verification. Additionally, he coordinates strategic planning and ensures that organization’s activities and resources are aligned to achieve those plans.

Prior to joining the Connecticut Green Bank, Eric worked in management consulting, advising clients in the financial services and energy sectors on operations and strategy. Eric previously work for 9 years at Goldman Sachs in the US and Asia optimizing operations for the investment management arm of the firm.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Global Energy Markets and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Kim Stevenson
Director, Multifamily Housing

Kim Stevenson, Associate Director, Multifamily Housing
Kim leads the Green Bank’s multifamily housing programs, supporting property owners and tenants in reducing energy and operating costs through innovative finance and technical assistance programs. Kim began her career designing housing revitalization programs for the City of Lawrence, MA where she closed some of the nation’s first HUD HOME loans. She subsequently managed HOPE VI planning projects in Detroit, Houston and New Haven, focused on eradicating severely distressed public housing. Kim’s innovative program development work has been recognized and adopted nationally by banks, insurers and municipal community development departments and she co-authored a national training program for the HUD HOME Program.

Kim then turned her focus to an international career in clean energy innovation and product development, consulting to the senior leadership of Fortune 500 corporations and smaller organizations. Prior to her current role, Kim led Technology Innovation for the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, CEFIA’s predecessor, where she was responsible for investments in companies commercializing new clean energy technologies in Connecticut.

Kim serves on the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board RD&D Policy Working Group and is a co-founder of the MIT Alumni Association of Hartford Energy Forum. She has previously served on the CT Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Business Association (REEBA) Board and as a senior Advisor to Arthur D. Little’s Technology and Innovation Management Practice. Kim holds a BS in Physics and a MS in City Planning, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.