Board of Directors
Reuben Munger founded Vision Ridge Partners in 2008 in order to bring decades of value investing experience to bear on what he saw as the financial opportunities presented by sustainable solutions. A former Managing Director with The Baupost Group, LLC, a leading investment firm with over $25 billion in assets, Reuben has also been a consultant to Texas Pacific Group and an investment banker with James D. Wolfensohn, Inc. His passion and expertise in electrified mobility, renewable electricity generation, the built environment, and other assets make him a leader in sustainable investing. Reuben is Chairman of Securing America's Future Energy, a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Electrification Coalition, and a member of the League of Conservation Voters board of directors and serves on the boards of numerous private companies. He graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in politics and economics and a B.S. in business administration.
Brian Jacolick has spent the past two decades as an executive within the solar industry. He provides executive support to GSSG’s investment structuring and business development activities. Previously, he cofounded the Global Special Situations Group at SunEdison where he served as SVP of Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions where he oversaw the origination and execution on all material project and company acquisitions from 2009-2012.
As a longstanding member of SunEdison’s executive team and an early member of the board of directors, he oversaw both the North American P&L (the company’s largest) and oversaw the growth of the business from a regionalized rooftop solar integrator to its leading position as a global solar company. He previously founded and served as the CEO of New Vision Technologies, which merged with SunEdison in 2005 and led the growth of the firm to its eventual purchase by the Fortune 1000 company MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR). Brian studied finance at Missouri State University.
Tom is Managing Partner at XL Innovate, a specialized venture capital firm pursuing investments in financial technology, new opportunities for insurance underwriting, and related analytics. He has held leadership roles in several financial services and related technology businesses. These have included CEO at Risk Management Solutions (RMS) from 1990-2000 and CEO at White Mountains Re (2006-07); Public Director roles at XL Group, Safeco, Montpelier Re and Jefferson Smurfit; and Director roles at several private or venture-backed companies. He founded New Energy Risk in partnership with XL Group in 2011, and served as CEO until starting XL Innovate in 2015. He has non-profit roles and interests in secondary school education and energy/environmental initiatives. Tom received a B.A. in economics and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford and an MBA with distinctions from the Harvard Business School.
Tomakin has spent his entire career in solar and energy efficiency as an investor, consultant or design engineer. Prior to GSSG Solar, he co-led the Global Special Situations Group at SunEdison and was the VP of Finance & Investment. While at SunEdison, Tomakin led the origination and execution of SunEdison Reserve, SunEdison’s largest multicountry solar vehicle, oversaw valuation for a number of marquee project and company acquisitions, and oversaw origination and execution of multiple “first time” solar structures. Formerly a member of a wind and solar investment business within an established $2 billion energy fund, Tomakin oversaw solar investment strategy and execution. He started his energy career as a consultant at Rocky Mountain Institute and as an energy design engineer for the National Park Service. Tomakin received his B.S. in mechanical engineering with honors from University of Denver and his M.S. in civil engineering from Stanford University.
Paul ‘Chip’ L. Lion, III
Outside General Counsel & Advisor
Chip Lion is a partner in the Corporate Finance Group with Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he leads the firm’s Palo Alto Corporate Finance Group and is the co-chair of the firm-wide Private Equity Fund Group. Chip regularly advises institutional investors and fund sponsors in connection with the formation of venture capital funds, leveraged buyout funds, real estate opportunity and other private equity funds. Chip represents both public and private companies in a broad range of industries and sectors, including energy, biotechnology, finance, medical devices, and the information technology sectors. In addition to representing businesses and business leaders, Chip serves as Vice-Chair of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, representing its 55,000 members on cutting edge business issues. As Vice-Chair, Chip serves as editor-in-chief of Volume 68 of The Business Lawyer, the highly-regarded journal of the Section. Previously, he served as Secretary of the Section (2011-2012) and served as co-editor-in-chief of the Section’s online monthly magazine He is the Past Chair of the Venture Capital & Private Equity Committee of the Section. He graduated phi beta kappa, University of California at Davis, magna cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law, and earned an LL.M. in taxation at New York University.