Steven A. Brookner

Steven was the President of National Cooperative Bank, N.A. (NCB), a specialized commercial bank with $2.2 billion in assets and over $7 billion in assets under management. During his almost 20-year tenure with the bank, Steven directed over $10 billion in loan sales and securitizations, was instrumental in the institution’s entry into renewable energy lending resulting in over $400 million in solar project loans, and transacted over $550 million in tax credit financings. Steven has a deep background in commercial banking in general and lending best practices in specific. He has served on NCB’s Board of Directors and was a senior member of the institution’s Executive, Risk Management, and Asset-Liability Committees. Steven also managed the institution’s innovation function. Prior to NCB, he worked on HUD’s first securitization of non-performing loans and was one of three partners in a strategic consultancy that provided both commercial business and real estate advisory services.

Steven holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from New York University.

Christopher C. Haspel

Chris was Co-founder, Partner and Head of Capital Markets at Fenway Summer, which launched mortgage, credit card, and other lending businesses. Over Chris’ 28+ year career, he has held senior positions in the private sector (Promontory Financial Group, Capital One, BlackRock, GE Capital, and National Cooperative Bank) and in the federal government (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Ginnie Mae, and the Resolution Trust Corporation). He has managed structuring, due diligence, and rating agency negotiations for a variety of ABS, MBS, and CMBS transactions and has coordinated large and complex whole loan sales and financings. 

Chris holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Kristen L. Berg

Kristen has 25+ years of experience working in financial services, including banking, fund management, compliance, and financial intelligence analysis/enhanced due diligence. During the course of her career, she has held senior positions in the private sector with Grosvenor Group, Lehman Brothers, and National Cooperative Bank, as well as working as a senior analyst in the US intelligence community. She has managed risk oversight/analysis, compliance, and operations and was a member of the global risk and operations committee at Grosvenor. Her experience encompasses time spent living and working in Europe and Asia, as well as a variety of projects around the globe. 

Kristen holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University, both an M.B.A. and an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

Max Whitacre - Advisor to Radiance

Max has extensive technical experience in lending on renewable energy projects and is currently Director of Capital Markets at Green Street Power Partners. Previously, Max assisted in the founding of Radiance prior to which he was an officer at the National Cooperative Bank.

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