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Jeff Brown

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Research Fellow

Steyer-Taylor Center For Energy Policy

Stanford Business School, Palo Alto, CA


phone: 425-503-0714

Jeffrey D. Brown is 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. In that course, first taught in Winter 2015, the instructors 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 was named a Research Fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance in June 2016.  He is researching the interactions of federal energy and environmental regulation, state and ISO power markets regimes, and federal clean energy grants and tax incentives upon the financial feasibility of projects to decarbonize the power and industrial sectors.

Jeff was formerly Senior Vice President—Finance & Corporate Strategy at Summit Power, a Seattle-based clean energy development firm.  At Summit Jeff was in charge of obtaining project financing for wind, solar, gas, IGCC, and carbon capture projects.  He also performed due diligence and business/markets analysis on proposed new business lines and acquisitions.

Prior to working as a power developer, Jeff had 26 years of energy and infrastructure project finance, debt capital markets, and financial/commodity 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, transportation projects, 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 Power’s project finance effort.   

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).

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