about kipp

Kipp Baratoff – Principal, Equilibrium Capital Group

Kipp has charted a professional career at the intersection of finance and sustainability for over a decade. His passion emerged from his work in financial services, education in public policy, love of science, and nearly 20 years of mountaineering. He joined Equilibrium Capital Group in late 2007 to help establish the investment firm focused on growth equity investing and financial product innovation in sustainability. Just prior to joining Equilibrium, Kipp developed an investment thesis and set of tools for mission related investing (MRI) for Meyer Memorial Trust; these tools are now part of the More for Mission Campaign.

Currently working in an operating role, Kipp serves as President of Gerding Edlen Sustainable Solutions (GESS), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Equilibrium portfolio company, Gerding Edlen Development, Inc. – the leading green building developer in the United States. GESS is a resource efficiency company that provides comprehensive retrofit services to large institutional public and private real estate portfolio owners.

Prior to Equilibrium, Kipp worked at two leading emerging market public purpose investment funds (Acumen Fund and E+Co) pioneering innovative debt and equity financings to achieve sustainability and poverty alleviation in developing countries. At Cambridge Associates, LLC, in addition to specializing in all aspects of portfolio monitoring, planning and investing for several large universities and pension plans’ dedicated private equity programs, Kipp spearheaded the firm’s initial research in clean energy venture capital in 2004 and helped advise a large U.S. pension fund with a $250 million allocation to clean technology.

Kipp is a CFA charter holder, earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University, and attended the University of Michigan where he earned an M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business and an M.S. Environmental Science from the School of Natural Resources & Environment. While at Michigan, Kipp worked under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative (UNEP-SEFI) to co-author and design a report, “Renewables, Policy and the Cost of Capital,” that analyzed policy’s ability to promote efficient capital market development in renewable energy.

Kipp currently serves as a member of the E+Co investment committee, member of Portland’s Eco District Technical Advisory Committee, a guest lecturer on sustainable finance at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and actively works on various initiatives with state and local officials in Oregon to design better policy and programs fostering financial innovation and sustainable economic development.

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