Healthy Planet Partners believe that business and environmental stewardship should go hand in hand. We understand that today’s ecological realities entail a need to change business as usual particularly in the power sector. Growing public awareness has created a demand for products and services that can replace the outdated business model of the centralized power utility. Our team of professionals exists to meet this challenge. Together, we have extensive experience in finance, renewable energy, and the building operations industries. Our expertise, contacts, and deep dedication to the cause allow us to be leaders in the field of renewable energy solutions.
Michael Richter is the Founder and Managing Partner of Healthy Planet Partners. Prior to starting HPP, he was a Founding Partner of Environmental Capital Partners, a $100 million private equity firm focused on investments in resource efficiency. A former Catto Environment Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors for Riverkeeper and serves as a member of the Board of directors for the Sierra Club Foundation. He has collaborated with the Natural Resources Defense Council in their effort to bring the best ecological practices to the sports industry, and he launched Athletes for a Healthy Planet, a group dedicated to fostering an understanding of the connections between environmental issues, human health, economy, social justice and well-being. Michael enjoyed a 15-year career as goalkeeper for the NY Rangers and has represented the United States in numerous international competitions including three US Olympic teams. Michael earned his BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.
Managing Director, Healthy Planet Partners
Sean Rheuben is the Managing Director of Project Finance at Healthy Planet Partners. Sean has worked on renewable energy transactions in a principal and advisory capacity for nine years, including M&A, private equity, project finance and tax monetization transactions in the wind, solar and geothermal sectors. Prior to HPP, Sean was a Principal at Syncarpha Capital, an investment firm that made solar investments in North America. He was responsible for the development, acquisition and financing of 18 MW of solar PV and thermal assets. He served in a similar role at Acciona Energy, where he successfully raised construction and tax equity capital for 400 MW of wind projects in Oklahoma and North Dakota. Previously he was a Vice President in the Capital Markets Strategies group at Bank of America and a Director in the Structured Asset Finance group at Societe Generale. Prior to his investment management career, Sean was a corporate attorney in New York for Milbank Tweed and Clifford Chance and a banking attorney in Australia for Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Sean earned his Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a combined J.D./Bachelor of Business from the University of New South Wales.
General Counsel, Healthy Planet Partners
Irina Palchuk recently assumed the role of General Counsel after acting as Vice President of Project Finance with Healthy Planet Partners. Irina started her career as an associate in Faegre & Benson LLP’s Finance and Restructuring group. Subsequently, Irina worked on defaulted bonds and asset backed securities at U.S. Bank National Association, and closed complex debt transactions at The Bank of New York Mellon. Irina earned her BSB in International Business and her JD at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Project Manager, Healthy Planet Partners
Jessica Esposito is the Project Manager at Healthy Planet Partners. She oversees project development and construction of HPP’s renewable and energy efficiency projects. Prior to joining HPP, Jessica was a Research Fellow and Resource Specialist for the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Green Sports and Entertainment program, where she assisted large events, facilities, sports teams, companies, and organizations in reducing their environmental footprint by adopting greener practices in their daily operations and procurement. Jessica earned her BA in English from Wheaton College and her MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. She is a LEED Accredited Professional for Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance.
Executive Assistant, Healthy Planet Partners
Alicia Mandelkow is the Executive Assistant at Healthy Planet Partners. She manages day-to-day business administration and operations of the company, oversees special projects, and provides executive-level assistance to the Founder and President of HPP. Prior to HPP, Alicia was the Executive Assistant at Recyclebank, a company that works with partners using a mix of education, rewards and impact metrics to incentivize consumers and communities to live more sustainable lifestyles. Alicia earned her BFA in Theatre at Southern Oregon University.