The Urban Ingenuity Team


Bracken HendricksBracken Hendricks, Chief Executive Officer

As CEO and founder of Urban Ingenuity, Bracken oversees one of the nation’s leading commercial PACE financing programs, and manages efforts to finance and develop solar energy and microgrid projects with a special focus on community-based economic development that reaches underserved communities. Bracken has a long track record deploying new solutions for energy efficiency, renewables, and distributed energy within the built environment. Before launching Urban Ingenuity, he was a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, where he helped launch their energy practice and shaped clean energy portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well as establishing the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. Together with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, Bracken is co-author of the book, “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy”, and he has served as a long-time advisor to former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation on job creation, energy innovation, and resilient urban development. Early in his career, he was founding Executive Director of the Apollo Alliance, a pioneering labor and environmental partnership to advance good jobs and energy independence. Bracken holds a Master’s degree in public policy and urban planning from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Ian FischerIan Fischer, Chief Operating Officer

As COO and co-founder, Ian leads Urban Ingenuity’s organizational structuring, strategic planning, financing programs, and energy performance contracting implementation. Prior to UI, Ian was the Vice President of operations at Clean Energy Solutions, Inc. (CESI), an energy efficiency consulting firm serving municipalities with the design and early implementation of comprehensive energy efficiency, renewables and water conservation initiatives. Ian has extensive experience in municipal program design and delivery, clean energy finance, and economic development. Ian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in Biology from Brown University.

Upsana KakuUpasana Kaku, Senior Program Analyst

Upasana is a senior analyst at Urban Ingenuity, focusing on financial and technical underwriting and project development support. She previously worked at a consulting firm where she helped clean energy and energy efficiency companies expand their presence in emerging markets, and interned for a year in the U.S. Treasury's Office of Environment and Energy. Upasana graduated with a BS in International Political Economy from Georgetown University.


Upsana KakuShalom Flank, PhD., Microgrid Architect

Shalom Flank, PhD., became the nation's first "microgrid architect" a decade ago, as Pareto Energy‘s Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Flank has managed all technical and engineering aspects of Pareto‘s microgrid projects, from initial assessments and conceptual design, through full engineering and implementation. He has also overseen the development of Pareto‘s proprietary microgrid systems, such as the GridLink non-synchronous interconnection technology. Dr. Flank was trained at MIT, where he studied energy engineering, economics, and policy.

Dr. Flank has been a frequent advisor to commercial companies and public agencies on energy technologies, from helping the National Science Foundation assess the commercial viability of new photovoltaic and fuel cell technologies to working with cutting-edge companies commercializing clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. He served for a number of years as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) and as a staff member at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the U.S. House of Representatives, and has held appointments at Harvard and MIT.


Brian Levy, Marketing Director

Brian is Marketing Director at Urban Ingenuity, focused on DC PACE project pipeline development and outreach. Brian has worked on implementing energy efficiency programs at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he oversaw a $110 million portfolio of Weatherization Assistance Program grants, and developed a residential energy efficiency program at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility. He served as VP at PEAR Energy, where he worked on solar finance for non-profits and solar project implementation in DC. He is the founder of Minim Homes, which develops and produces award-winning micro homes. Brian holds a B.A. in political science from Carleton College and a master in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School.



Other Projects
The Menkiti Group: Annie's ACE Hardware
Solar PACE for BP Gas Station
Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative

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.