About Vision Ridge Partners
Vision Ridge Partners is an investment firm focused on the future. Our vision is to unleash capital markets to solve our generation’s greatest challenge: the threat posed to our planet by climate change.
Launched in 2008 to invest in transformative growth companies within the sustainable energy sector, Vision Ridge Partners has expanded its focus to include financing later stage companies and projects that deliver both financial and environmental benefits.
Vision Ridge Partners recently launched the Sustainable Asset Fund (“SAF”) in partnership with Capricorn Investment Group and a broad base of investors committed to realizing uncompromised economic outcomes while advancing the global transition to a more sustainable economy that responsibly uses the earth’s land, water, and energy resources.
The SAF portfolio includes companies and projects in the U.S. and around the world that are leading in high-value, high-impact, sustainable energy, water, and land solutions ranging from solar and biomass to advanced transportation and energy efficiency financing. Our investments demonstrate that sustainable projects make sense not only from a climate perspective, but just as importantly, from a financial one.
Reuben Munger is currently the Managing Partner of Vision Ridge Partners, LLC. Previously he was Managing Director with The Baupost Group, LLC a leading investment firm with over $25 billion in assets. He has also been a consultant to Texas Pacific Group and an investment banker with James D. Wolfensohn, Inc. 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 a number of 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.
Justin Goerke is a partner helping lead the Sustainable Asset Fund. Prior to Vision Ridge, Justin was a Principal at Capricorn Investment Group, as Head of its Real Assets portfolio – with investments in water, renewable energy, agriculture, power, real estate and transportation. A former associate at Argonaut Capital in Perth, Western Australia, Justin received his BCom with Honors in Finance and Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Curtin University of Technology, Perth. Justin serves on numerous boards, including Loch Duart and Recycled Energy Development.
David (D.R.) Richardson is responsible for deal sourcing, deal structuring and negotiation, and portfolio management, including corporate governance, financial analysis and strategy, people development and acquisition, and corporate strategy. Prior to Vision Ridge Partners, D.R. worked with Altman Vilandrie & Company, a strategy-consulting firm focused on tech, telecom, and energy. D.R. holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University.
Jonathan Levy serves as Director of Policy and Strategy at Vision Ridge Partners. Jonathan brings more than a decade of experience in the federal government to the team, first as a policy advisor to then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel and most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff to Ernest Moniz at the U.S. Department of Energy. Over the course of his career, Jonathan has consistently tackled some of the most difficult policy, political, and management issues facing his organization. He graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a degree in Political Science.
Bill Perry serves as Venture Advisor at Vision Ridge Partners, as well as at Infield Capital. He is active across a broad spectrum, including: fund strategy, sector research, deal identification and screening, deal structuring and negotiation, and development of portfolio companies. Bill came to Colorado in 1982 as President of Precision Visuals, Inc. (a software company focused on engineering graphics). He built the venture from a ten-person garage shop into number 49 on the Top 100 Software Company list. In the early 2000s, he developed Webroot Software, Inc. into his second Top 100 Company. He also co-founded, and continues to serve with SoftBridge Advisors. Under his leadership, SoftBridge has logged three IPOs, seventeen successful mergers, and raised or assisted in over forty financings totaling $350 million. Bill spent the early years of his career in large corporations, with key assignments as off-highway, then later on-highway marketing manager at Detroit Diesel Allison (a $1bn line of industrial products), and as chief financial officer of a rapidly growing, Latin American telecom group. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from MIT, an MBA from Harvard, and is a recipient of Esprit’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship.
Nancy Herzmark Hegele joined Vision Ridge Partners in 2013 as Executive Assistant to the Managing Partner. Prior to Vision Ridge Nancy served as the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of Education for the State of Colorado for four years following many years working in the non-profit community. Her non-profit experience includes Youth Programs Director at the Robert E. Loop Jewish Community Center, Director of Family Services with the Brent Eley Foundation, Manager of the Patient Assistance Fund with the Denver Health Foundation and Director of Development at Colorado Preservation Inc. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Metropolitan State College.
Rob van Es is responsible for investment strategy, sourcing, diligence, execution and asset management. Prior to Vision Ridge Partners he was a Sr. Manager at Accenture Strategy, a global consultancy focused on business and technology strategy. There he led teams partnering with client leaders to define, shape and execute growth strategies and operational restructuring, including multiple $1B+ transactions. Rob has been a business advisor to non-profits in Australia and Europe. He holds B.Com in Economics & Finance (first class honors) from Curtin University, including international programs at Lehigh University, USA and Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Sam Cummings joined Vision Ridge in early 2015 and currently focuses primarily on investment activities related to the Sustainable Asset Fund. Previously, Sam served as a Sr. Associate within the Energy & Infrastructure Investment Banking Group (EIG) at KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, L.P. a New York-based Middle-Market Investment Bank. Prior to KGS, Sam completed internships with J.P.Morgan Investment Banking in London and McKinsey & Co. in Amsterdam. Sam holds a MSc. Finance & Investments from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from McGill University, Montreal.
Jules Kortenhorst joined Vision Ridge full time in November 2015 after spending a summer interning there in 2014. He works on financial analysis, investment diligence and portfolio management. Previously, he interned at the Society for Nature and the Environment in The Netherlands, which provides public and private sector environmental consulting services. He holds a B.A. with honors in Philosophy and Economics from Brown University.