Bill co-founded OneEnergy Renewables. He specializes in structuring renewable energy transactions between OneEnergy’s middle-market solar PV projects, large-scale electricity end users, and utilities focused on meeting compliance and risk management obligations. Bill also leads OneEnergy’s renewable energy credit business.
Prior to starting OneEnergy, Bill directed procurement and risk management for Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Earlier in his career, Bill practiced environmental and energy law, handling utility rate cases, environmental permitting, water rights, and other matters.
Bill received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark College, and his B.S. in Physiology from the University of California Davis. Bill’s dog Buster often holds down the fort at OneEnergy’s Portland office.
Steve Trainer, a co-founder of Seneca Group, currently serves as its Chairman of the Board. Though he stepped back from the firm’s day-to-day operations at year-end 2009, Seneca continues to benefit from his counsel. Prior to co-founding Seneca Group, he was a senior vice president and principal at Wright Runstad & Company.
Steve holds a B.A. in History from Stanford University and graduated cum laude from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Building Construction. Currently on the Boards of Seattle University, Cleanscapes and Chief Seattle Club, Steve has previously served on the Boards of the Downtown Seattle Association, Housing Resources Group, Elderhealth Northwest, Holy Names Academy, and CARE. Steve and his wife live on Capitol Hill and have two daughters.
Devin Whatley is a partner at the Ecosystem Integrity Fund, and leads deal structuring and negotiations, assists with the fund strategy, and is also responsible for much of the firm’s financial and operations-focused due diligence. Given his background, Devin is actively involved with the management and oversight of the Ecosystem Integrity Fund’s portfolio companies. He serves as a director on the boards of KeVita and Synova Power, as well as an observer on the boards of Zep Solar, iVeridis, and SynchroNet Logistics.
Devin’s background is as a sustainability-focused entrepreneur, with significant experience in operations, sales, and finance. He began his career in the film business, where he developed and honed his operations and cost-management skills as the producer of more than 50 large-budget commercials and music videos. During this time he nurtured a growing fascination for environmental sustainability, and became a passionate student of green business.
Looking for a way to use his diverse skill set as a “triple-bottom-line” entrepreneur, in 2000 Devin launched a gourmet, organic home delivery and packaged food business that catered to the Hollywood elite. From an initial $10,000 investment, Devin rapidly grew the firm, exiting it within three years to a larger natural food manufacturer in the region. Subsequently, Devin was the general manager of a start-up organic winery that he grew to profitability, and also developed and ran a luxury yoga retreat business near Santa Barbara.
After a brief stint at his family’s award-winning mutual fund where he worked with the investment team and institutional sales group, Devin became a partner at Aquillian Investments and subsequently at the Ecosystem Integrity Fund.
Devin is a CFA Charterholder, and has an MBA from Wharton. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA’s Honors Division where he was both an Alumni Scholar and Regents’ Scholar, earning a joint degree in Business and East Asian Studies.