Erik Birkerts has over 25 years of operational and general management experience, including project financing and strategy development for energy efficiency and clean technology companies. Erik is CEO of Clean Energy Trust, responsible for leading the overall organization in its mission of fueling clean energy innovation and commercialization. Birkerts has been on the senior management teams for two IPOs of venture capital backed companies, including serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of publicly-traded Orion Energy Systems as it scaled from $12 million in revenues to over $80 million. Erik currently serves on the Board of Directors for Milbank Manufacturing, the largest manufacturer in the U.S. of electrical metering housings and related equipment, including electric vehicle charging equipment and smart grid technologies. Erik also serves as a senior advisor to Metrus Energy (energy efficiency finance), and a board observer for Aker (precison agriculture), GoElectric (smart grid), SiNode Systems (advanced materials), Nexmatix (industrial efficiency) and Intellihot (energy efficiency). Erik is the lead author of the CalCEF report Leveraging Impact Investment for Small and Mid-Size Commercial Energy Efficiency Projects. His work has also been featured in The Deal, Mergers & Acquisitions, The Daily Energy Report, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and cited by the USDA. He guest lectures at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Erik earned his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BA with honors in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.