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Jeffrey Brown
Lecturer in Law


Jeffrey D. Brown will be a Lecturer for the joint Law School/Business School course “Clean Energy Project Development and Finance”, co-taught with Professor Dan Reicher and fellow Lecturer Dave Rogers, during the Winter Quarter.   In that course, the instructors will expose law, business, and engineering students to the inter-related economic, financial, legal, engineering and policy factors that must be successfully managed to bring a clean energy project into production.

Jeff Brown is currently Senior Vice President—Finance & Corporate Strategy at Summit Power, a Seattle-based clean energy development firm.   Mr. Brown joined Summit after 26 years of energy/infrastructure project finance, debt capital markets and derivatives experience while at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.  He was located in New York, Seattle and Hong Kong. In the energy investment banking sector Jeff’s clients included a variety of utilities, pipelines, the Bonneville Power Administration, the State of Alaska (re Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline), and the Qatar National Petroleum Corporation.    

Jeff retired as a Managing Director from Merrill in 2009 to head Summit’s new project finance effort.   Summit recently developed a utility-scale photovoltaic project and two large wind projects.  The company is in the development process for two large coal gasification/carbon capture projects.   Summit’s newest, most challenging business line is retrofitting fossil fuel power plants to capture otherwise-emitted CO2.  The CO2 is sold for use in Enhanced Oil Recovery prior and then permanently sequestered.

Before working on Wall Street, Jeff was a Legislative Assistant for a U.S. Congressman from Oregon.  Mr. Brown holds an A.B. with honors in Economics from Harvard College, where he was a Harvard National Scholar.  He holds an M.B.A. (with distinction) from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, where he won the Ullman Agribusiness Research Award.  As an investment banker he held registrations under NASD (Series 7, 56 and 63).