Patrick Von Bargen
Patrick is a Principal at 38 North Solutions and recently founded Harley St. Associates. Previously, he led the energy practice as Managing Director of QGA Public Affairs. For three and a half years, he provided strategic counsel to a wide variety of QGA’s energy and sustainability clients, primarily in the clean technology space, including solar, wind, recycling, and biomass. He also represented startup firms using venture capital to develop clean energy technology.
Patrick Von Bargen is also a Georgetown-University-certified executive coach, with experience advising entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and high-profile leaders in larger organizations. Patrick coaches individual leaders and teams. While each coaching engagement is different, they often start with a 360 Assessment process (in which he is also certified). Although Patrick regularly points his clients to useful resources on a number of topics, the focus of his practice is to help clients identify their challenges, find the answers within themselves, and encourage them to take steps of their own design to achieve the results they desire.
In addition to co-founding 38 North, Patrick’s career spans more than three decades, during which he (1) counseled entrepreneurs and venture capital funds in his law practice; (2) headed the National Commission on Entrepreneurship; (3) served as CEO of the premier leadership development program for venture capitalists, the Kauffman Fellows Program; (4) was Chief of Staff to United States Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), who served 30 years in the Senate and chaired the Senate Energy Committee; and (5) served as U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission Chief of Staff to Bill Donaldson (R-NY), who had previously founded the first investment bank to go public (Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette), been Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, founded the Yale School of Management, and served as Chairman of the Board of Aetna Corporation.
In addition to his Georgetown study, Patrick earned a B.A. in history with Honors in humanities, graduating summa cum laude from Stanford University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is a member of the bar in the states of California and Colorado.
Email Patrick at: Patrick@38northsolutions.com
Katherine is a Partner and Co-Founder at 38 North Solutions. Katherine is currently President of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum‘s Future of Energy Global Future Council. Katherine served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the Recovery Act. Prior to that role, Katherine was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a portfolio in clean energy technologies of nearly $6 billion. She co-directed the American Bioenergy Association, working with the states of Maryland and New Jersey to develop renewable portfolio standards. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. Katherine spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. Katherine is part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media.
Email Katherine at: katherine(at)38northsolutions.com
Jeff is a Principal at 38 North Solutions and heads up our western regional office in Denver, Colorado. He brings a wide and unique range of industry and policy experience to the firm having held positions at a leading investment institution focused on the technology sector, public affairs practices, and clean energy advocacy organizations. Prior to co-founding 38 North, Jeff served for two years as an Associate in QGA Public Affairs government relations practice, providing policy strategy and analysis for the firm’s telecom and clean technology clients,dealing with issues related to clean energy tax policy, USDA energy programs, domestic manufacturing policy, policy developments in the shale gas sector, federal government procurement, and the President’s Innovation Agenda.
Prior to joining QGA Public Affairs in 2010, Jeff led internal business development for Pacific Crest Securities’ Mosaic Group, a leading technology focused investment bank by engaging leading clean technology, telecom, IT, mobile, and energy policy experts with the institutional investor community to provide forward looking expert perspectives on disruptive and emerging technologies. Jeff began his career as a political organizer, orchestrating issue and state and federal candidate campaigns for environmental and clean energy advocacy groups in the U.S. and abroad in Latin America.
Jeff is a graduate of Clark University, with a degree in philosophy and government.
Email Jeff at: jeff(at)38northsolutions.com
A Principal at 38 North Solutions, Isaac has extensive public policy experience in both the public and private sectors. Before entering the private sector, Isaac served in senior roles as Legislative Director and Floor Assistant to a Senior House Member. In that Member’s office, Isaac managed the policy staff while also serving as senior advisor on energy issues. Isaac also served as the Member’s leadership aide and was part of one of the most successful leadership operations in recent memory, earning passage for significant pieces of legislation including the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Isaac previously worked as Committee Staff for Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He has also served on several national campaigns including John Kerry’s campaign in 2004 and President Obama’s in 2008.
Isaac holds an undergraduate degree from Clark University and Master’s in public policy from Brown University.
Email Isaac at: isaac(at)38northsolutions.com
Ben leads the communications practice at 38 North Solutions within his role as President of RENEWPR, a DC-based communications consulting firm that helps clients address energy and environment communications challenges. As part of a unique collaboration between the two firms, Ben is available to any 38 North Solutions client for communications counsel and outreach.
At RENEWPR, Ben provides senior-level advice, counsel and outreach on strategy, messaging, media and partnerships to association, corporation, non-governmental, alliance, coalition and foundation clients. An experienced public affairs communicator and DC native, Ben has more than 25 years of experience in Washington.
Ben was previously an executive a five communications firms (global, national and boutique), a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Clinton Administration, and a communications and legislative staffer for two Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives (Tim Valentine of North Carolina and Bill Richardson of New Mexico).
Ben is a cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history.
Email Ben at: ben(at)38northsolutions.com
Laurel acts as Director of Operations at 38 North Solutions, within her role as Founder of Lacuna Consulting, a consulting firm that handles operations and accounting for small business clients within the Washington, DC area.
Laurel strives to enable her clients to focus on what they love doing best, and leave the details to her. As part of the collaboration between the two firms, Laurel is the billing, invoicing and operations contact for any 38 North clients.
A West Coast native, Laurel previously worked in the marketing and public relations field at a boutique PR firm, an architecture firm and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA, before relocating to DC 8 years ago. Prior to founding Lacuna Consulting, she acted as Director of Operations for an educational start-up in DC, as well as a political media consulting firm.
Laurel is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with a minor in pre-therapeutic psychology.
Email Laurel at: laurel(at)38northsolutions.com