Founder and CEO
Jacob Susman has been building businesses, investing and developing projects in renewable energy since 1999. Jacob has led OwnEnergy since its inception, including recruiting and managing its industry-leading team, raising capital, establishing a nationwide brand, sourcing new business, developing projects and generating revenue. He serves on the board of directors of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) as well as the Leadership Council of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). In 2010, Jacob was named to Crains New York’s ’40 Under 40’.
Before founding OwnEnergy, he was a founding member of Goldman Sachs' Alternative Energy Investing group, where he was involved in Goldman's investment in Horizon Wind Energy and co-led a portfolio financing that was named Project Finance’s N.A. Renewable Energy Deal of the Year. Prior to that he served as Project Manager for the AES Corporation, working on a team that developed one of the largest power plants in Spain—named European IPP of the Year by Euromoney. Jacob also led AES’s efforts to develop a Spanish renewable energy business, which included negotiation of more than 1,000 MW of wind energy investment opportunities.
Jacob holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife, Jodi, and two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.