About VPA

Who is VPA?

 

The Virginia PACE Authority (VPA) is a nonprofit organization that provides C-PACE program administration services for Virginia cities and counties. VPA is committed to implementing a low-cost, open market C-PACE program that incorporates industry best practices and promotes clean energy in the Commonwealth. As the program administrator, VPA works with commercial businesses, property owners, contractors and local governments to facilitate the financing of energy efficiency, renewable energy and resilient projects on both new and existing buildings.

View and download the Virginia PACE Authority brochure for more information.

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Mission

Our mission is to educate, promote and facilitate the implementation of clean energy and resilient solutions for commercial buildings through the administration of C-PACE financing programs.

Our Story

In the fall of 2017, Abacus Property Solutions (Abacus), a prominent PACE consultancy, formed a working group to discuss creating an open source, non-profit model of program administration that would provide Virginia jurisdictions a choice based on their specific needs. This working group consisted of representatives from two C-PACE lenders (Petros PACE Finance, John Marshall Bank), two project developers (Johnson ControIs Inc., Abacus), and two law firms (Hirschler Fleischer, Williams Mullen). Based on experience with and research on PACE Program Administration around the country, this group foresaw an alternative model based on the following core principles:

  • Low fees to property owners
  • Freedom of choice in selection of service providers
  • Public-benefit orientation (non-profit status)

This group decided in 2018 to form the Virginia PACE Authority (VPA) to be the face of this effort to provide its alternative administration model to Virginia localities. In 2019, VPA applied for and was designated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has since been awarded five jurisdictions in Virginia including Loudoun County, Fairfax County, City of Petersburg, City of Fredericksburg, and the Town of Dumfries.

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Team

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Abby Johnson, LEED AP O&M

Abby Johnson is Executive Director and President of the Virginia PACE Authority (VPA) and President of Abacus Property Solutions (Abacus).  Since 2012, as President of Abacus, she has developed PACE programs in many states such as Florida, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia, and is considered one of the nation’s few PACE experts. In Virginia, Abby helped fix flawed PACE legislation in 2015 and broaden PACE eligible measures to include resiliency and stormwater management in 2019. Also, in 2019, she created VPA, a nonprofit organization with the mission to design and administer transparent and cost-effective PACE programs exclusively for Virginia communities. Prior to specializing in PACE, Abby worked for over 15 years in commercial real estate finance and as an architect and building scientist in Europe.  She is the recipient of numerous awards at both the state and national levels and has been successful in garnering numerous grants around energy efficiency and resiliency. Abby is active in supporting affordable housing, sustainability and economic development as Board member of: Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Housing (formally VHDA), PACE Nation, MidAtlantic PACE Alliance, and Wahoos for Sustainability.  She has a Bachelor of Architectural History from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Business from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

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Elizabeth Beauvais

Elizabeth Beauvais is a senior consultant for VPA.  She is a sustainability consultant with over 20 years’ experience in environmental and social impact assessment, stakeholder engagement, and program design, implementation and reporting. She is a bridge builder and problem solver, whose clients have included Fortune 100 companies, global renewable energy nonprofits, and regional municipalities. Her most recent work has centered on economic development opportunities through successful strategy, metrics and partnerships to utilize Opportunity Zones. Ms. Beauvais assists VPA in incorporating C-PACE financing into larger economic development and impact investment strategies. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from University of Virginia, and a Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy and Development Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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Amy Williams

Amy Williams provides marketing and support for VPA. She is responsible in supporting outreach and educational initiatives for VPA as well as work with public and private sector partners. Amy’s background is in commercial real estate development both in San Diego, California and Austin, Texas. She worked in a project management support capacity as well as handled the administrative tasks associated with acquisition, construction, and closing of projects.  Amy has a journalism degree from San Francisco State University and has completed course work in Urban Planning and Policy.

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Deb Rosiello 

Deb Rosiello is a project manager for VPA.  She provides day to day management of VPA activities including supporting customer service requests and registering lenders, contractors and other service professionals. She has a broad entrepreneurial background having owned and managed several businesses. In these leadership positions, Deb developed significant expertise in overseeing commercial real estate investments as well managing partnerships and staff.  She has over 15 years experience in continuously changing and expanding enterprises with a central focus on sustainability and clean living.  Deb recently moved from Connecticut and is excited to bring her background and experience promoting clean energy projects through C-PACE.

Partners

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Slipstream, Jason Stringer

Slipstream, a clean-energy focused nonprofit organization, works in partnership with IECA to provide core C-PACE Program Administration Services: the proprietary C-PACE technology platform, application management, and technical review. Slipstream’s role also includes the management of capital provider relationships, contractor qualification, along with providing marketing and training.  Slipstream partners with utilities, local and state governments, regulatory agencies and other organizations to create, test, deliver and scale the next generation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that move us farther, faster toward a clean energy economy. Jason Stringer heads the C-PACE program administration services in partnership with VPA.

PACE Financial Servicing, Jessa Coleman

PACE Financial Servicing (PFS) is a private, investor-funded, women-owned and operated company established in 2015. It is headquartered in Darien, Connecticut with offices that opened in Maryland in 2016. PFS has leveraged its PACE experience and technology to help develop a highly efficient PACE administration and servicing platform, all of which has earned PFS national recognition as the gold standard in PACE financing. Jessa Coleman represents PACE Financial Servicing (PFS) the program administrator for C-PACE in Maryland as well as a subcontractor to VPA in Virginia where she provides technical and marketing support.

Board of Directors and Advisors

Current board members are:

  • Abby Johnson (President): President, Abacus Property Solutions
  • William Nusbaum (Secretary): Partner, Williams Mullin law firm
  • Paul Brooks: Account Executive, Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Genevieve Sherman: Managing Director, PACE Financing Services
  • Von Gilbreath: Director, Greater Williamsburg Partnership
  • Greg Montgomery: Managing Director, CleanSource Energy, LLC.

Advisory Council Members have been of vital assistance and support to VPA’s development.

  • Carrie O’Malley, Hirschler Fleischer
  • Bill Greenleaf, Virginia Community Capital
  • Tom Nida, City First Bank

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