SDAC

Unit Split

Sustainable Development Acquisition I Corp.

Raised
$316M
CIK
1837248
Focus
Food, Agriculture, Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, Energy, Sustainability
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Nicole Neeman Brady has been our Chief Executive Officer and director since December 2020. Ms. Neeman Brady has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive, investor and community leader with global water, energy, and agricultural expertise. Ms. Neeman Brady also brings a diverse management expertise through her work in various operational and leadership roles. Ms. Neeman Brady serves as Principal and previously served as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer at Renewable Resources Group LLC, as well as a member of the Investment Committee and a board member of several of RRG’s portfolio companies. Ms. Neeman Brady joined Renewable Resources Group LLC in 2017. From 2008 to 2017, Ms. Neeman Brady was a leader in various parts of Edison International (NYSE:EIX). She held the role of President and Founder at Edison Water Resources, a distributed water purification and recycling business, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Officer at Edison International, Director of Energy Procurement and Director of Renewable & Alternative Power Contracts at Southern California Edison. Earlier in her career, Ms. Neeman Brady worked in consulting for McKinsey & Co, in strategic planning for Twentieth Century Fox and in private equity for Goldman Sachs. Ms. Neeman Brady’s experience also includes a deep understanding of and passion for the public sector, including board service on the Colorado River Board of California and currently, as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and a Board member of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Ms. Neeman Brady holds dual AB degrees with honors from Brown University and an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. Ms. Neeman Brady’s significant investment, operational and financial expertise make her well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Eric Techel has been our Chief Financial Officer since December 2020. Mr. Techel has over 20 years of experience as an executive, investor and community leader in sustainable finance and venture capital. Currently Mr. Techel is a Partner and oversees Finance and Operations at Capricorn Investment Group which he joined in 2007. Prior to Capricorn Investment Group, Mr. Techel was a Senior Manager with Deloitte in the Special Acquisition Services Group, which focused on due diligence for potential acquisitions of KKR. He spent 11 years with Deloitte in San Francisco, Bermuda, and Los Angeles. Mr. Techel is a CPA and received his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Robert Schultz has been the Chair of our Board of Directors since 2020. Mr. Schultz has over 30 years of experience in sustainable finance as executive, investor and community leader. Currently Mr. Schultz is a Partner of Capricorn Investment Group. Prior to Capricorn Investment Group, he was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Greentech Capital Advisors, an investment bank and asset management firm focused on creating a more efficient and sustainable global infrastructure, which was sold to Nomura in April 2020. Prior to Greentech, he was a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley Fund Services and before that was a Managing Director and Head of Alternative Fund Services, North America for HSBC. He is currently a Director of Help for Children and on the Advisory Board for Brighter Children. Mr. Schultz is a Chartered Accountant and received his Bachelor of Commerce, with Honors, from Queen’s University in Canada. Mr. Schultz’s significant investment, operational and financial expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Other Officers

Anthony T. Abbenante serves as one of our Operating Partners. He has been a Principal at Renewable Resources Group LLC since April 2019. Mr. Abbenante focuses on RRG’s financing, monetization and growth initiatives. From 2010 to 2019, Mr. Abbenante held a number of senior positions within the Ivanhoe Capital Corporation group of companies, specializing in the provision of venture capital, project financing and related financial and corporate development services for a portfolio of international business enterprises owned and directed by its Chairman and founder, Robert M. Friedland, and his family. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Abbenante was an associate in the corporate group of Mintz Levin P.C., working out of the Washington, D.C. and New York, NY offices. Prior to joining Mitz Levin, Mr. Abbenante was an associate in the corporate group of Kalbian Hagerty LLP, based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Abbenante started his career as a management consultant with American Management Systems, a business and information technology consulting firm to the government, healthcare, financial services, and communications industries (subsequently acquired by CGI Group Inc.). Mr. Abbenante holds a J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

William Orum serves as one of our Operating Partners. Mr. Orum has over 20 years of experience as executive, investor, and community leader. Currently Mr. Orum is a Partner and member of the Investment Committee of Capricorn Investment Group. He joined the Firm in 2004 and has been based in its New York office since 2008. Mr. Orum has primary responsibility for leading marketable investments, portfolio construction, and risk management across asset classes. Prior to Capricorn Investment Group, he was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch in their global industries group focused on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions advisory for technology clients. He received a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Jason Scott serves as one of our Operating Partners. He is a Principal at Renewable Resources Group LLC. Mr. Scott has over 20 years of experience in sustainable investment across listed equities, venture capital, growth equity, and natural resources. Before joining Renewable Resources Group LLC, Mr. Scott co-founded Encourage Capital, an asset management and advisory firm formed through the merger of EKO and Wolfensohn Fund Management. Prior to EKO, Mr. Scott was a founding Director at Generation Investment Management, co-founded by David Blood and former Vice President Al Gore, Jr. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Scott worked with Acumen Fund, Flatiron Future Fund/Foundation and New Philanthropy Capital. Mr. Scott helped found and now co-chairs a network of family offices investing in Cleantech, Renewables and other Environmental Opportunities (called the CREO Syndicate). He co-founded Cleantech for Obama and was a National Co-Chair of the Finance Committee for Clean Energy for Biden. Mr. Scott helped found and build Public Allies, a youth and community development organization. Mr. Scott is currently on the boards of Oil Change International, the Frankfurt Zoological Society and national service non-profit Public Allies. He graduated from Duke University cum laude and has an MBA, with honors, jointly from Columbia and London Business Schools.