People and Culture
Investing in the Future of You
Our people are our strongest differentiator, which is why we recognize the importance of selecting the best talent, developing their skills, and providing an inclusive culture where everyone can flourish. When you work at Hannon Armstrong, you experience an environment that is collaborative, rewarding and transparent. We provide total rewards that support the health and well-being of our employees and their families, while consistently offering opportunities for growth in line with our mission.
Director – Capital Markets & Treasury
Neha Gaddam is a director at Hannon Armstrong where she focuses on capital raising efforts and business planning. She has approximately 8 years of experience in Capital Markets and Structured Finance and joined Hannon Armstrong in 2015. Prior to this, she was an Associate in Capital Markets at Citigroup, where she was involved in originating and structuring Asset-Backed Securities and Alternative Energy Tax Equity investments. Neha received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from New York University in 2010.
Neha decided to become a part of the Hannon Armstrong team because, in her eyes, it presented a fantastic opportunity to grow and work with smart, experienced people committed to a mission. She remains at Hannon as it offers a dynamic work environment which is constantly evolving and challenging.
She shares that the aspects she appreciates most about Hannon Armstrong are “the teamwork and the ability to get things done. There is a lot of cross-training and opportunities to take initiative and pursue new ideas.”
Senior Analyst – Portfolio Management
Caroline joined Hannon Armstrong as a Portfolio Management Analyst in July 2017, one month after graduating from Dartmouth College with a BA in Environmental Studies. Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major that allowed her to take classes in Economics, Computer Science, English, Chemistry, and more. Her work included creating Geographic Information System (GIS) visuals for a paper on Dominican fishermen and their catch strategies and spending a month in Namibia studying the impact of climate change on the pollination of the !nara plant.
Outside of class, she led backpacking trips in Arizona, Utah, and Texas with the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) and co-founded the Dartmouth Women’s Professional Circle and Women in the Wilderness. She has worked for WeSpire, a B2B corporate social responsibility startup, and for the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Residential Energy+ and Islands Energy Programs. These outdoor and work experiences, coupled with her classroom study of climate change, motivated her passion for renewable energy.
At Hannon Armstrong, she analyzes and optimizes the performance of wind and solar projects in which the company has invested. She spends her time poring over operating data to best inform Hannon Armstrong’s strategic decisions as the company continues to make investments in climate change mitigation. She loves that Hannon Armstrong’s culture allows her to take ownership of projects and that she can do so while being supported by accomplished mentors.
Manager – Private Investment Team
Flavio earned an Economics degree from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, an MBA from IDE Business School, and is currently a Level II candidate in the CFA Program. Flavio has been actively involved in the renewable energy sector for nine years. His specialized expertise includes financial modeling, financial analysis, project finance and valuation, and tax equity transactions.
When asked to describe Hannon Armstrong, Flavio offers, “Being part of the Hannon Armstrong family has been a superb experience. Since I have been involved with the firm, first providing consulting services and later joining as an employee, the business has continuously evolved which makes it exciting. I admire that the team faces opportunities with responsibility, tenacity, and a steadfast commitment to our investors, stakeholders, and climate change thesis.”
In his words, Flavio finds his colleagues to be “outstanding and supportive”– one that performs effectively and with integrity in a competitive environment. Moreover, everyone at Hannon Armstrong is afforded ongoing support to participate in learning and professional development. At Hannon Armstrong, he enjoys being part of an organization that invests sustainably and responsibly as well as appreciates the efforts and dedication of its talented people.
Dean Shuron, CPA
Vice President – Accounting and Financial Reporting
Dean joined Hannon Armstrong as a Vice President – Accounting and Financial Reporting in October 2013, approximately six months after the Initial Public Offering. He has over 20 years of energy experience and over 10 years of experience working with both large and middle-market public energy companies in the renewable energy sector. Dean is a CPA with an accounting degree from Morgan State University.
When asked how he would describe Hannon Armstrong’s corporate culture to a friend, he replied, “Hannon Armstrong corporate culture is like a well-functioning happy family. It’s highly collaborative, team-oriented, and each member is encouraged and given opportunities to contribute and grow professionally. Corporate culture in most organizations is created and reinforced by the values, goals, and actions of its leaders. I’ve been really impressed with the leadership of Hannon Armstrong. They have developed a culture that impresses upon each employee that Hannon Armstrong cares about you and your professional development. I believe this contributes greatly to the loyalty and dedication that is pervasive throughout our organization. I find that our team members, from the analyst to the executive levels, are engaged, invested, and committed to the success of the organization, our strategy, and our mission. It is this family-like, collaborative, learning-rich, and environmentally friendly corporate culture that has brought me to Hannon Armstrong and keeps me here. The work is also engaging and challenging.”
George P. Emsurak
Senior Vice President – Engineering and Portfolio Management
George graduated from Penn State University with degrees in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and Mineral Economics while training to become an Officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineers Corps.
Now in his fourth year at the company, George supports the origination team by performing technical, engineering and operating due diligence. As transactions close, he works with the portfolio management team to set up appropriate monitoring programs that help us identify potential issues that may arise in the future.
George has over 35 years of experience, all within the energy sector. His career experiences range from implementing President Carter’s building energy efficiency program at the submarine base in Pearl Harbor; constructing natural gas processing plants west of Bakersfield, California; designing and installing enhanced oil recovery projects in the Bay Fields off the coast of Louisiana; managing the project execution of over 35 wind farms across the U.S. and internationally; and asset management oversight of residential, commercial & industrial, and utility-scale solar plants across the country.
He believes his greatest asset to Hannon Armstrong is transferring his wealth of experience gained through the “school of hard knocks” to the younger Hannon Armstrong team. George also enjoys staying current as new energy efficiency and renewable technologies develop, evolve and mature. He has seen business strategies implemented during his natural gas-fired co-gen days in the 1990s, transferred to wind technology over 2000-2019 and now sees how the solar industry will soon take similar path. When asked about the best part of working at Hannon Armstrong, he remarked “There is no better place than Hannon Armstrong to see this revolution firsthand.”
Learning & Development
We take a blended learning approach because we believe that the best professional development is a combination of on-the-job and life experiences, learning from other people through coaching and mentoring, and formal training.
To foster growth, we consistently offer opportunities for career development with internal and external resources, supporting our employees who regularly pursue advanced degrees and professional certifications, and encouraging involvement with the range of relevant industry and charitable organizations we support.
Company Culture Highlights
Every sailing season, we take a small group of sailors, sailing students, and “pre-sailors,” as a way to get out on the famed-waters of the Chesapeake Bay and strengthen our bonds as a unified crew.
Every month, we meet to review diverse selections that relate to our investment thesis, and the economics, politics, physics and the reality of climate change. We are all students.
The access point for our best days is the moment of stillness and quiet we add to it, which is why we start every week off with a guided meditation designed to mitigate stress and improve focus.
Lunch and Learns
We host monthly workshops led by our smart staff or outside partners on a variety of topics, such as energy storage trends, the land business, energy efficiency policy and anything that is relevant to our business.