The Urban Ingenuity
Board of Directors


Bracken Hendricks, President I CEO, Urban Ingenuity

As CEO and founder, Bracken leads the implementation of Urban Ingenuity’s vision: to finance and develop advanced energy infrastructure projects that speed the clean energy future. Bracken is a proven leader in designing programs that deploy energy efficiency, renewables, and distributed energy within the built environment, working in the private sector and with federal, state and local governments. Bracken is a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, working on policy solutions at the interface of clean energy and economic development. He has served as an advisor to former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation on issues of job creation, energy innovation, and resilient urban development, and he helped establish the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge as well as clean energy portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He was a founding Executive Director of the Apollo Alliance for good jobs and energy independence. Bracken holds a Master’s degree in public policy and urban planning from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 


Bill Harvey, Director I President & CEO, Urban Atlantic; Executive Vice President, Urban Atlantic Development

Bill Harvey brings strong legal and real estate experience to Urban Atlantic. He was previously a member of the law firm of Silverstein & Mullens, P.L.L.C., where he specialized in commercial transactions, including real estate and non-real estate. The focus of Mr. Harvey’s more than 25-year legal career was the structuring and closing of complex commercial transactions involving both operating businesses and real estate assets, the anegotiation of joint ventures, and acquisition, financing and sale of small to mid-sized businesses.

Mr. Harvey holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, an MS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia and of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.


Robert Pollin, Director I President, Pear Energy

In addition to his role as founder and president of Pear, Robert Pollin is a professor of economics and founding co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He and his co-workers have done extensive research on how to build a green energy economy and to generate good job opportunities throughout the country in the process.

He and his co-workers have consulted for, among other organizations, the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Labour Organization, the Center for American Progress, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Blue/Green Alliance, the Service Employees International Union, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Alliance for American Manufacturing, and the World Wildlife Federation of Canada. His publications on this issue include Green Recovery, Green Prosperity, Job Opportunities for the Green Economy, and The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy.

Separately, Bob also served in 2010 as CEO of Washington Sports and Entertainment. This followed the passing in late 2009 of his father Abe Pollin, who had been the longtime owner of the Washington Wizards NBA basketball team and the creator and owner of the Verizon Center arena that revitalized downtown Washington. Bob holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research.


Spirit Joseph, Director I Executive Vice President, Pear Energy

Prior to joining Pear, Spirit was executive director of Earthdance, a residential retreat center in Massachusetts, where he managed all aspects of operations. He also worked as program manager of the Cooperative Fund of New England, structuring and overseeing lending programs for cooperatively run businesses. Ever since his time serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon Africa, Spirit has been committed to socially mission-focused organizations. He is passionate about building a green economy focused upon renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Spirit holds an M.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management and a B.S. in biology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He serves on the boards of both Earthdance and Windhorse Integrative Mental Health.

Based in the DC Metro Area, Urban Ingenuity is a partnership between Urban Atlantic, a real estate developer with extensive expertise in structured finance and Pear Energy a clean energy financier and solar energy project developer. Urban Ingenuity’s independent engineering partner is Clean Energy Solutions, Inc. (CESI), who provide energy modeling, technical underwriting, and other analytic and program support services.  Urban Ingenuity was competitively selected to serve as the exclusive Program Administrator to the Washington DC PACE Commercial Program, and as the Multi-Family Housing Partner to the Connecticut Green Bank’s C-PACE program.

Other Projects
Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative
EW Stokes Public Charter School
Phyllis Wheatley YWCA

400M Solar Array


Urban Ingenuity provides innovative financing and project development solutions to advanced energy projects, building retrofits, and state of the art infrastructure. Whether you’re a building owner, property manager, investor or project developer, Urban Ingenuity can help you cut costs, enhance financial performance, and fund your capital improvement—all while promoting environmental stewardship and increasing the resilience, security, and comfort of your property.