Investing For a Greener Future

As prices of wind, solar, and other renewable energy technology continues to fall, communities of all sizes are looking to invest in sustainable development. This panel will examine steps that governments and private actors are taking to reach goals and mitigate impact of climate change.

  • Brian Farnen, Connecticut Green Bank, General Counsel

As General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for the Connecticut Green Bank, the nation’s first green bank, Brian directs all legal, legislative and regulatory affairs. Brian was an attorney with the AmLaw 100 law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge before accepting a position with Sikorsky Aircraft as a senior attorney. FarnenHere, Brian provided legal counsel for the majority of Sikorsky’s strategic international sales campaigns and oversaw all global environmental, health and safety legal matters. Brian’s past state government experience includes time spent as a regional director for the Department of Economic and Community Development and a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Barry Schaller of the Connecticut Appellate Court.


  • Ivan Frishberg, Director of Impact Policy at Amalgamated Bank

Ivan Frishberg is the Director of Impact Policy at Amalgamated Bank with a focus on sustainability issues. Frishberg works across the bank on a range of treasury management, investment and lending products designed to serve sustainability goals and the goals of our clients in the energy, climate and environment communities. Ivan has more than 25 years of public interest advocacy, organizing and policy experience. Previously he was Senior Advisor and Climate Change Campaign Manager for Organizing Ivan_Frishberg_0_0For Action, a senior advisor to the Climate Action Campaign, a multi-year national coalition effort to defend the Clean Air Act and support new federal policies on climate and public health. Most recently, Frishberg directed the State Climate Hub – facilitating coordination of state level efforts to implement the Clean Power Plan – and worked with the Climate Briefing Service on the intersection of US Climate Advocacy and the recent international climate negotiations. He serves on the board of directors for DC Water, the public water and sewer utility for Washington, D.C.

  • Clare Pierce, National Head of Risk & Chief Fiduciary Officer, Wealth Management U.S.

Clare is National Head of Risk for U.S. Wealth Management at BMO, joining the US headquarters leadership team in May, 2017. Clare joined  the team from the Compliance Department, where she was Head of Compliance for the US Wealth Management and US Global Asset  Management businesses. Clare joined the Compliance team in April 2015 to head the BMO Capital Markets US Compliance team, prior to taking her role in US Wealth Management in July, 2016. Before 2015 Clare spent her career in successive legal roles.Picture1.png  Clare joined BMO in January 2012, becoming Associate General Counsel in the Legal Department to lead the US Capital Markets Legal team in September, 2013. Prior to BMO, Clare was Associate GeneralCounsel at a Chicago-based MultistrategyHedge Fund and Asset Manager and  Chief Legal Officer at a regional corporate and municipal securitiesbroker.  From 2004 to 2010 Clare worked as in-house counsel at a multinational banking and financial services corporation. Clare also spent several years in private practice at two global law firms.  Clare holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University at Buffalo and a J.D. from Tulane Law School, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. Clare and her family have recently relocated to Chicago, after spending close to two decades in New York, New York. They also enjoy spending time at their mountain home near Asheville, North Carolina.  They share their home with their five dogs, Klaus, Louis, Henry, Drew & Delilah.