DeVries, Cisco

President, Renewable Funding LLC & Architect of the PACE program.

Cisco DeVries has worked at the cutting edge of energy, environment, politics and government for over 15 years.

As Chief of Staff to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, he envisioned and led the initial development of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. The PACE mechanism has received national and international attention, including being named one of the 20 “world-changing” ideas by Scientific American magazine.

DeVries is now President of Renewable Funding, which helps local and state governments around the country design, administer and finance similar PACE programs. As President he serves as a resource to governments and organizations working on PACE and other financing programs, including providing technical assistance for the U.S. Department of Energy. He has presented at over 100 conferences, trainings, and workshops – including those sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sierra Club, ICLEI, and others.

Previously, while with the San Francisco firm Staton & Hughes, DeVries provided policy, media, and political guidance for a wide variety of clients from Members of Congress to Fortune 500 companies.

From 1996 to 1998, DeVries was an appointee in the administration of President Bill Clinton, serving as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

DeVries holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two sons. He also sits on the Board of the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art.