The power to succeed with hydro.
Putting our energy and expertise to work.
Our leadership team is comprised of experts in all aspects of the hydropower industry, including manufacturing, financing, power purchase agreements, energy technology, markets, operations and regulations. We have extensive experience working with regulatory agencies and have established close relationships in many sectors of the energy industry. Together we focus on improving hydropower efficiency and adding capacity for existing hydropower dams, and building hydroelectric capabilities to non-powered dams.
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Dr. Kristina M. JohnsonCo-Founder & CEO
Prior to co-founding Cube Hydro, Dr. Johnson served as Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. As Under Secretary, she was responsible for unifying and managing a broad $10.5 billion Energy and Environment portfolio, including an additional $37 billion in energy and environment investments from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
Previously, she was Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at The Johns Hopkins University from 2007 to 2009, Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from 1999 to 2007 and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kristina is a Member of the Board of Directors of AES Corporation, Cisco Systems, Boston Scientific and GE’s Ecomagination.
A Fulbright Faculty Scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a NATO Post-Doctoral Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, Dr. Johnson received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University and has honorary degrees from Trinity College, Dublin, Tufts University, McGill University and the University of Alabama at Huntsville. She is a fellow of the OSA, IEEE, SPIE, AAAS and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Women Engineers. She was awarded the Dennis Gabor Award for Creativity in Modern Optics, the John Fritz Medal, considered the highest award given in the engineering profession, and has been inducted into the US Inventors Hall of Fame, the National Academy of Inventors, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, the Women in Information Technology Hall of Fame and the Small Business Technology Council Hall of Fame (2010). She holds 119 U.S and International patents and has published 142 refereed publications.
Ginger E. LewSenior Advisor
Ginger provides regulatory, financial and operational expertise to the company. From 2009 to 2011, she served as Senior Counselor to the White House National Economic Council. She provided economic policy advice on a broad range of matters, including innovation, commercialization, small business, capital access and formation, and entrepreneurship policies. Ginger gained regulatory experience as the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce, for which she was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Under the Clinton Administration, Ginger was the Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Small Business Administration and had oversight responsibility for a $42 billion loan portfolio. Earlier in her career, she was the Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy for the western United States.
Ginger is the former CEO and partner to two venture capital funds located in the Washington, DC area. She was chair and board member of an European based investment fund. Ginger also served on the NASDAQ Listing and Hearing Review Council for 10 years.
John R. CollinsExecutive Vice President – Business Development
Prior to joining Cube Hydro, John spent over 22 years with Constellation Energy Group, Inc. and Baltimore Gas and Electric Company where he retired as Senior Vice President of Integration. As SVP, he oversaw the sale, closing and integration of a 49.99% ownership interest in Constellation Nuclear Energy to EDF, and the sale of Constellation Energy’s 50% ownership in Unistar Nuclear Energy to EDF. From May 2007 to October 2008, John served as the Chief Financial Officer of Constellation Energy where he led all financial activities of the company.
Eli HopsonVice President, Legal, Regulatory & Policy
Prior to joining Cube Hydro, Eli was an associate in the Finance and Environmental departments at Latham & Watkins, LLP. Eli focused his practice at Latham on energy and environmental regulation of the energy industry. Eli provided counsel on a variety of matters relating to energy projects, including several cleantech portfolio IPOs. Before joining Latham, Eli held positions in energy policy at the Georgetown Climate Center, the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), the Union of Concerned Scientists, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, and as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Eli has a Masters of Engineering and Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering from M.I.T., and a J.D. from Georgetown Law.
Mary AndradeManaging Director – Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining Cube Hydro, Mary spent two and a half year as the Global CFO/Operations at Ashoka Foundation, monitoring financial performance, cash position and regulatory compliance in 70 countries. From 2008 to 2012, Mary was the Senior Director at NextEra Energy responsible for a $1.7 billion portfolio. Among other things, she established an effective annual budget process to produce automated, accurate, clear, standardized reporting by region and technology (wind, solar, nuclear, gas, oil) for the United States, Canada and Spain.
From November 2001 through April 2008, Mary served as Regional Financial Officer & Divisional Risk Management & Compliance Officer for the largest security company in the world, G4S, where she was a Member of Divisional Risk Committee in England reporting to the Audit and Examining Committee and a Board member in 11 countries across the world. She also managed complex internal financial reviews in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and South America, accomplishing merger and acquisition activity totaling $300 million on five continents.
Mary also spent ten years working with two of the Big 4 in international markets, specializing in oil and mining. She graduated from Tufts University, and has a Global Masters of Arts from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is certified as a native speaker of Spanish.
She has also devoted over 5 years of her volunteer time to running the finances of global non-profit organizations giving back to the communities she has lived and worked in over the years.
Neal SimmonsVice President, R&D and Optimization
Prior to joining Cube Hydro, Neal spent over 10 years as a professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University. He played a key role in the formation of Duke’s Energy Engineering program. Neal remains committed to the importance of energy education and continues to teach courses on renewable energy technologies, modern power systems, hydroelectric generation, and engineering innovation at Duke. Neal brings to Cube Hydro expertise in mechanical systems, automation, control, and operation of hydroelectric facilities. He has overseen the rehabilitation, automation and management of several damaged and underperforming hydroelectric projects.
Neal has started two successful engineering companies and has been granted over 20 US patents, which are licensed worldwide. He has over 75 peer reviewed publications and conference proceedings. Neal graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and from Duke University with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
Jessica D’OrazioDirector, Human Resources
Jessica has over 10 years of experience in operations, administration, strategic planning and human resources management. Prior to joining Cube Hydro Partners, Jessica served as Director of Operations and Administration for MIP Global, Inc., an investment firm. At MIP Global, Inc., Jessica managed the company’s administrative, operations and human resources strategies, and compliance practices.
Prior to MIP Global, Inc. Jessica was the Operations Manager at Global Event Partners. Jessica managed domestic and international programs for prestigious clients such as the White House and the Smithsonian Institution.
Jessica is a graduate of Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, where she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations.
Rick CunninghamDirector, Marketing and Sales
Rick has over 25 years of experience in sales and marketing leadership. Prior to joining Cube Hydro, Rick held Senior Vice President and Vice President sales and marketing leadership positions with American Traffic Solutions, Windstream/PAETEC and AT&T. With PAETEC Rick was responsible for over 18,000 customers and $400 million in annual revenue. Rick’s knowledge and leadership of specific vertical industries helped three different organizations grow quickly and led to two entities merging with or be acquired by larger enterprises.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Michigan State University, and an Information Technology Certification from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Andrew LongeneckerDirector of Business Development
Andrew Longenecker has experience in energy development and project finance for energy infrastructure. Before joining Cube Hydro, Andrew was a Principal and Co-Founder of PSL Energy, an investment group focused on renewable energy assets. He also previously worked for Khosla Ventures, an early stage cleantech venture capital firm, and as a Management Consultant in McKinsey & Company’s Energy Practice, where he focused on energy infrastructure and technology. Andrew attained a joint MBA / MS degree at Stanford Graduate School of Business, with a focus on Energy Resources, as well as BS from Duke University.
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Cube Hydro is a company that invests in, develops, and modernizes hydroelectric facilities, and provides consulting services on project management, regulation, and development of hydroelectric power and other clean energy resources. We are currently looking for a new team member.