Benjamin Pickard

Benjamin Pickard heads the Utility & Outdoor Lighting Programs for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (C40-CCI). In this capacity, he pursues greenhouse-gas reducing infrastructure investment and policy opportunities tied to C40 Cities’ local distribution grids, prioritizing system reliability, ratepayer affordability, and appropriate investor return.Prior to joining C40-CCI, Ben was Chief Financial Officer of Senergy USA, a startup providing turnkey finance, installation, and risk management of LED streetlight retrofits for US municipalities and utilities. Originally trained in infrastructure finance and public-private partnerships, Ben closed over $4 billion in energy, transportation, and real estate investment with the Macquarie Group. Ben received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard and lives in New York City.