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 building customer relationships and generating revenue. Currently, Jacob plays a critical role in overseeing OwnEnergy’s day-to-day operations, while fostering its close-knit culture and directing its long-term vision and strategy. He also manages key customer, supplier and capital-provider relationships.
Jacob is an active member of the Board of the American Wind Energy Association and is active in a range of national wind industry and policy initiatives. In 2010, Jacob was named to Crain’s New York ’40 Under 40’, and in 2012, he was named an E&Y Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalist. In 2013, Greentech Media named Jacob one of New York’s Top 10 Cleantech Leaders.
Before founding OwnEnergy, Jacob 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 holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. An avid skier, he lives with his wife, Jodi, and two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.