Chief Executive Officer
Clean Energy Trust
Erik Birkerts has over 25 years of operational and general management experience, including project financing and strategy development for energy efficiency and clean technology companies. He helps lead Clean Energy Trust, an Illinois nonprofit corporation whose mission is to further the growth of the clean energy technologies and businesses in the State of Illinois and the broader Midwest. He maintains responsibility for its operations, program execution and for implementing new strategies to further its growth. Mr. Birkerts has been on the senior management teams for two IPOs of venture capital backed companies, including serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of publicly-traded Orion Energy Systems as it scaled from $12 million in revenues to over $80 million. He currently serves as a senior advisor to Metrus Energy (energy efficiency finance), and a board observer for GoElectric (smart grid) and SiNode Systems (advanced materials). The lead author of the CalCEF report Leveraging Impact Investment for Small and Mid-Size Commercial Energy Efficiency Projects, his work also has been featured in The Deal, Mergers & Acquisitions, The Daily Energy Report, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and cited by the USDA. Mr. Birkerts guest lectures at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Birkerts earned his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BA with honors in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.