Kristin Barbato has a long career in energy and sustainability leadership and has held various executive positions in both private and public sector. She provides energy management advisory services for customers and investors as well as go-to-market and planning strategies for cleantechs and ESCOs. With her experience running large operations along with her tenure as both a provider and buyer of energy services for utilities, commercial/industrial companies, and municipalities, she provides unique energy market insight to move strategies into commercial action.
As the founder of Build Edison, her company helps bridge the gap to commercialization for cleantechs and provides faster insights for investors and customers. In her previous executive roles, she helped cities and corporations optimize their capital planning, commodity supply, efficiency projects, renewable investments, and smart operations performance. She served as a Managing Director at Edison Energy, Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and was appointed to Deputy Commissioner / Chief Energy Management Officer for New York City during Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration to the long-term sustainability plan (PlaNYC) with country’s largest municipal energy infrastructure and operations with an annual budget of $1.3B. Ms. Barbato also worked for Veolia Environnement, Con Edison, and Florida Power & Light in various technical and strategic leadership roles.
Ms. Barbato graduated Cornell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She also holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and completed her MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in May 2008. Among other endeavors, she is an avid squash player and organizes professional and amateur squash events including the management of professional athlete, Amanda Sobhy US#1/World#6. For the last four years, she has also been an adjunct professor of energy management graduate courses at Columbia and New York University. She serves on several non-profit Advisory Boards such as The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund to support families of children with cancer, Cornell’s School of Civil Engineering, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell.