While serving as Chief of Staff to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, Cisco DeVries innovated the concept of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), which was named one of the top 20 “world-changing” ideas by Scientific American magazine in 2009. When DeVries co-founded Renewable Funding, he pioneered the turnkey PACE solution for local and state governments – innovative technology and streamlined administrative tools to make clean energy upgrades simpler and more affordable for property owners.
An innovative leader on clean energy finance, DeVries was invited to the White House to meet with President Obama and former President Clinton on clean energy finance. An industry leader, he has presented at events sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sierra Club, ICLEI, and others. Prior to founding Renewable Funding, DeVries spent 15 years in politics and policy, including serving as an appointee in the administration of President Bill Clinton, serving as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
DeVries holds an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from UC San Diego. He lives in Piedmont with his wife and two sons. He serves on the Board of the national advocacy organization, PACENow.