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Kristin Barbato

Build Edison
New York

With 25 years in energy and sustainability, Kristin Barbato has served in executive roles spanning utilities, government, energy services, and consulting. Recently, she founded Build Edison to help cleantech and energy services companies get to scaled commercialization faster. Build Edison provides advisory services, demonstration project implementation partners, go-to-market planning strategies, and a unique investment vehicle for cleantechs, facilities owners, and energy investors. With her experience running large operations along with her tenure as both a provider and buyer of energy services for utilities, commercial/industrial companies, and municipalities, she engages a broad network of experts and provides unique energy market insight to move strategies into commercial action.

In her recent executive roles, she helped cities and corporations optimize their capital planning, commodity supply, efficiency projects, renewable investments, and smart operations performance. She served as Managing Director of Enterprise Development at Edison Energy, Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and was appointed Deputy Commissioner / Chief Energy Management Officer for New York City during Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration to manage the long-term sustainability plan (PlaNYC) for the country’s largest municipal energy infrastructure and operations with an annual budget of $1.3B. Ms. Barbato also worked for Veolia Environnement, Con Edison, and Florida Power & Light in various technical and strategic leadership roles.

Ms. Barbato graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She also holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and completed her MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in May 2008. For the last four years, she has been a Professor of energy management for graduate level international policy schools at Columbia and New York University.

Among other endeavors, she is an avid squash player and serves on several non- profit Advisory Boards such as The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund to support families of children with cancer, Cornell’s School of Civil Engineering, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University.