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Who We Are

Chris Swartley

Founder and CEO

Chris Swartley, Chief Executive Officer
CEO Chris Swartley leads Progression Energy’s commitment to developing renewable energy in a way that respects cultures, protects the environment, and delivers economic benefit to stakeholders, investors and industry partners.

Chris believes in putting relationships first. His philosophy is that building trust and understanding before embarking on a project ensures a more successful outcome.

Chris has nearly 20 years of experience developing renewable energy projects, including terrestrial and offshore wind, and solar. From development, financing, and acquisitions to management of world-class development teams, Chris’ expertise is both broad and deep. He is an innovative and visionary thinker who always seeks the win-win outcome and the establishment of strong relationships amid complex circumstances and diverse stakeholder interests.

Prior to founding Progression Energy, Chris led large-scale renewable energy strategies in the U.S. and globally. He was part of the founding executive team at First Wind, which grew the company from $5 million to $2.4 billion, and from a staff of five to more than two hundred employees. First Wind became the most successful renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) in Hawai‘i. During Chris’ tenure, he oversaw more than 900MWs of projects including the 125MW $250 million Cohocton (New York) Wind Power Project, which at the time was the second largest wind power plant on the East Coast. As part of the executive team at Apex Clean Energy, Chris initiated and grew the company’s New England, New York and Hawaii markets.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Chris now resides in Maine with his family. Chris is passionate about protecting the planet as a lifelong sailor and outdoorsperson. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Rochester, and also studied at Georgetown University’s School for Foreign Service.

We have created a company that aligns the ethical and the practical. By building trust, partnerships and long-term relationships with host communities, we develop projects that are lower risk, more competitive, and produce better outcomes for all stakeholders.​”

Josh Franklin

Chief Development Officer

Josh Franklin, Chief Development Officer
Chief Development Officer Josh Franklin’s passion for renewable energy is rooted in his experiences growing up. Originally from Jamaica, Josh saw how his home country was affected by the high cost of fossil-based power generation and the financial burden of oil-based energy for businesses and families. Josh envisions a future where island nations like Jamaica around the world are able to harness abundant natural resources and achieve sustainability, economic stability and a better quality of life for all.

Prior to joining Progression Energy, Josh was part of the team that achieved the state mandated renewable energy standard one year ahead of schedule for Detroit-headquartered DTE Energy, a diversified energy company with more than 10,000 employees. Josh was key to development of some of the company’s largest renewable energy projects and was involved in raising more than $2 billion in capital. During his time with DTE, he also worked in corporate controllership, regulatory compliance, investor relations and project management. After DTE, Josh worked on the development of onshore wind in the western half of the U.S., Mexico and the Carribean.

Josh has an undergraduate degree in Decision Sciences and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

Josh is an avid athlete and can regularly be found playing soccer. He also loves reading, traveling, hiking, and bird watching. Through his love for the outdoors, Josh sees firsthand the impact of fossil fuels on the environment and the potential for large-scale renewable energy to change the future of our planet.

“I live my values at work every day by developing renewable energy. Our team at Progression Energy thinks holistically about sustainability and our community-based approach and respect for local cultures allows us to successfully integrate renewable energy solutions across multiple international markets.”

Noe Kalipi

Chief Strategy Officer
EVP, Hawaii and Pacific

Noe Kalipi, Vice President, Development
Noe specializes in strategic planning and implementation and is a big-picture thinker who envisions the impact of a project as far as seven generations into the future.

Prior to joining Progression Energy, Noe was a senior staffer for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka. As the Director for Government and Community Relations for First Wind, Noe led development strategy for utility-scale wind projects on the islands of Maui and O‘ahu. She served as the President of TiLeaf Group, a native advocacy firm that helped Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and Indian Tribal communities with economic development. She also served as the Executive Director at Kohala Institute, where she managed a team focused on fostering place-based learning experiences and innovative social enterprises within 2,400 acres, including an intact ahupua‘a, on Hawai‘i Island.

Noe is active in the Hawai‘i Leadership Forum and Omidyar Fellows program, where she receives quarterly training on skills and tools related to facilitation, community engagement, and collective impact efforts. She is also active with the First Nations Fellows Program and its efforts to support the Hawaii CHANGE initiative, and Hawai‘i Investment Ready Hawai‘i Capital Scan. She also works with Arizona State University to support its Hawai‘i partnerships.

Noe served on active duty in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and holds a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and a Juris Doctor from the National Law Center at George Washington University. She lives in Hilo, HI with her husband and their two daughters. During her free time, she coaches fast-pitch softball and volunteers for various nonprofit organizations.

“What is important is finding a pathway to join the community in creating its future. For me, it comes down to how we all work together to make the world a better place.”

Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn (Ret.)

Senior Advisor

Josh Franklin, Chief Development Officer
Admiral McGinn is a former Commander, Third Fleet, US Navy; former Assistant Secretary of the Navy; and former President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).

 Admiral McGinn presently sits on a number of boards including the Rocky Mountain Institute, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the Center for Climate and Security. Admiral McGinn focuses on the connections between environmental, economic and national security, and has been a member of many influential councils including the United States Energy Security Council.

Wren Wescoatt

Director of Development, Hawaii

Josh Franklin, Chief Development Officer
Prior to joining Progression Energy, Wren was the Senior Director of Development for SunEdison (formerly First Wind). At SunEdison, he developed the state’s largest renewable energy projects to date at Kahuku and Kawailoa on O‘ahu.

Wren has been active in Hawai‘i’s energy industry for more than eight years, working with state agencies and the utility and overseeing the planning, administration and financing of some of the state’s most ambitious and successful clean energy projects. Wren currently serves as a Hawaiian Homes Commissioner, setting policy and providing strategic guidance for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Wren has degrees from Stanford University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Theodore (Ted) Peck

Director of Development, Hawaii

Josh Franklin, Chief Development Officer
Mr. Peck has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in business, government, and energy management, including development of the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative as the state’s energy administrator.

He led energy planning, shaping of the state’s approach to renewable energy permitting and facilitation, the state hydrogen program, the greenhouse gas emission reduction task force, energy assurance planning, and other strategic initiatives and programs. In 2010, Mr. Peck re-entered the private sector where he continued to focus on reducing the state’s dependency on fossil fuel through transformation, recapitalization, and the use of renewable energy.  He is a seasoned expert in energy management and understands the unique challenges of Hawai‘i’s energy landscape and the value that efficiency and renewable energy brings to the islands he calls home.

Katie Schwind

Development, Hawaii

Josh Franklin, Chief Development Officer
Since the beginning of her career, Ms. Schwind has worked in the intersection of energy, agriculture, and community-based economic development.

She founded Outside Insight LLC, in 2014, which continues to assist non-profit organizations and small businesses with development and funding of initiatives. At Kohala Institute, a non-profit organization in North Hawaii Island, she serves as the Project Development Coordinator, responsible for the creation, funding, implementation, and oversight of new projects and grant funded initiatives. Prior to these roles, she served as the Director of Project Management and Sustainability for Rivertop Energy Solutions, a systems engineering firm that worked on the advancement of rural communities. This included concept development and analysis for an anaerobic digester including feedstock network with the Waimea Nui Community Development Corporation and biofuels refinery and feedstock development for the benefit of the tribes South Dakota. Katie earned her degree in Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development from University of Hawaii at Hilo, and studied at Uppsala University’s Centre for Environment and Development Studies.

Joy Lusk

Director of Operations

Josh Franklin, Chief Development Officer
Ms. Lusk spent the early part of her career as a Change Management Consultant in the Washington, DC office of Andersen Consulting/Accenture.

She left Accenture to start her own consultancy which focused on project management and start-ups. Her projects have ranged from helping a manufacturer identify and implement appropriate enterprise technology solutions to playing key roles in the launching several businesses including a NASDAQ listed bank and a staffing firm. For the past three years, Ms. Lusk has focused her work in the clean energy space. Ms. Lusk has a BA and MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Austin Kino

Development, Hawaii

Josh Franklin, Chief Development Officer
Born and raised in Maunalua Bay, Oahu, Mr. Kino is an ocean voyager and entrepreneur.

Mr. Kino has been a crew member aboard Hawaii’s double hulled voyaging canoe the Hokule’a since 2006, sailing around the world in the Malama Honua voyage as an apprentice navigator. Co- founder of Huli the Movement, an environmental education program that provides students with environmental education field days Mr. Kino aims to reconnect young people to their aina (land). Drawing on his paddling and voyaging roots he started Holokino Hawaii which offers canoe sailing experiences to customers seeking adventure and an understanding of traditional way finding.

Toshihide Kubo

Head of Market, Japan

Josh Franklin, Chief Development Officer
Kubo-san started his business career at Marubeni, one of the largest trading houses in Japan. For 25 years, he was engaged in iron & steel plant projects.

One of the projects was Sahaviriya Steel, which a whole seller at that time has now grown into a fully integrated steel mill. After steel projects, he managed Istanbul Main Branch, and his last assignment was General Manager of the Business Incubation Department, where he developed new business for all of Marubeni Group.

Post‐Marubeni, Kubo-san joined EcoSecurities, and established EcoSecurities Japan doing carbon credit business. Kubo-san also initiated biomass fuel trading business as a new business for EcoSecurities. After EcoSecurities, Kubo-san held roles as CEO at Canadian Solar Projects K.K., and President of Banpu Power Japan K.K. Kubo-san has bachelor degree from Keio University in Management Engineering.

Itsushi Tachi

Government Affairs, Japan

Josh Franklin, Chief Development Officer
Tachi-san is a former senior official in Economic Planning Bureau, Office of the Prime Minister, and Ministry of Land and Transportation.

Through this work, Tachi-san developed strong relationships with local government in the key prefectures for offshore wind development.

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