John D. Hirschfeld
Chief Executive Officer

Over the course of his 30-year career, John has played a key role in the execution of over $10 billion of real estate transactions. His career has spanned the practice of law, acquisitions, syndications, and investment and commercial banking. Prior to joining Class Green Capital, John was the Executive Vice President and Head of Acquisitions at U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC, one of the leading buyers of single-tenant, net leased properties in the United States. Before joining U.S. Realty Advisors in 2002, John was Managing Director at Eastdil Realty Company (now Eastdil Secured), in charge of its national Corporate Real Estate Investment Banking business. Prior to joining Eastdil in 2000, John was Managing Director in charge of Citibank's Global Real Estate Equity and Structured Finance group where, among other things, he built the bank's global sale-leaseback advisory practice and oversaw the disposition of $5 billion of Citibank's foreclosed real estate assets in the mid 1990's. From 1984 to 1989, John was a First Vice President at Integrated Resources, where he led teams in the acquisition and syndication of public and private multifamily debt and equity investments. From 1979 to 1984 John practiced real estate, corporate and securities law at the New York firm of Robinson, Silverman (now Bryan Cave).

John is a member of the Bar of New York, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Urban Land Institute's Corporate Real Estate Council, and is a frequent speaker at real estate and green building conferences.

John is an honors graduate of Harvard College (AB, 1976) and Fordham Law School (JD, 1979).

jhirschfeld (at)
(646) 619-9371

Neil Black
Managing Director

Neil has over 20 years of senior management experience and plays a central role at Class Green. He also currently leads GO Ventures, which is a co-founder and investor in Class Green and was formed by the principals of GreenOrder, a leading sustainability firm. While a managing principal at GreenOrder, Neil developed his knowledge base in sustainability initiatives (government and corporate) as well as in the rapidly expanding world of green real estate and building materials. Prior to GreenOrder, Neil ran two technology firms and advised early-stage companies. Before his years in technology, he was president of The Nation magazine, the country's oldest weekly, where he deepened his experience and knowledge of the political arena and public sector.

Neil has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

nblack (at)
(646) 896-3989

Andrew Shapiro
Chairman, GO Ventures
Co-Founder, Class Green Capital Partners

Andrew is a widely recognized leader in sustainability and business strategy whose diverse background as a consultant, journalist, lecturer, and attorney enables him to provide the integrated perspective that today's complex sustainability challenges require.

Andrew is the co-founder and chairman of GO Ventures, which incubates and invests in cleantech and green businesses, including Class Green Capital Partners. He is also founder and president of GreenOrder, a leading sustainability strategy and management consulting firm. Since founding GreenOrder in 2000, Andrew has helped GE to create and implement its award-winning "ecomagination" initiative, worked with other leading corporations including BP, DuPont, and GM, and advised real estate developers and investors including Forest City, GE Real Estate, Hines, Related, Silverstein (WTC redevelopment), Starwood Capital, Tishman Speyer, and Vornado Realty. He serves on the advisory boards of two award-winning green building companies, Serious Materials and LivingHomes. Andrew has spoken at leading real estate forums and is a member of ULI's Climate, Land Use and Energy Advisory Group.

He is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.

Joel Makower

Joel is the co-founder and chairman of Greener World Media, whose properties include the highly regarded and, along with other sites, reports and events. As a writer and strategist on corporate sustainability practices and clean technology, Joel has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy. Joel additionally serves as a senior strategist to GreenOrder and is a co-founder of Clean Edge Inc., a clean technology research and publishing firm. Joel is author of several books on business and sustainability, including his most recent, . The Associated Press has called Joel "the guru of green business practices."


Dannel P. Malloy
Senior Director (Through November 2010)

Dan Malloy was a Senior Director of Class Green from December 2009 through November 2010. He was elected Governor of Connecticut in November 2010, and has left Class Green to pursue that responsibility. When Dan joined Class Green in November 2009, he had completed his fourth term as the longest serving mayor in Stamford, Connecticut's history. As such, Dan brought to Class Green Capital tremendous expertise in municipal government, economic and environmental policy, and real estate law.

During his fourteen years as mayor of Stamford, Dan developed a national reputation as an urban pioneer in financial management and environmental awareness, while rebuilding a commercial sector that became an economic success story. As mayor, Dan played a key role in attracting global financial services firms to the city center, increasing Stamford's employment generally, and earning the city numerous awards for fiscal stewardship, along with a AAA rating throughout his term in office. Dan's environmental accomplishments included developing plans to take City Hall off of the city's power grid by the end of 2010, as well as building a facility that will turn wastewater into energy without carbon emissions, the first project of its kind in the state.

Prior to his role as mayor, Dan practiced law for 14 years, including as Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, NY, during which he tried 23 felony cases and won 22 convictions. Dan currently serves as a trustee at Mitchell College, and is a former trustee of the United States Conference of Mayors, past president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, and former President of Connecticut Chapter of the National Brownfield Association.

Dan graduated from Boston College Law School and Magna Cum Laude from Boston College.

Jackson Lehr
Director (Through February 2012)

Jackson was involved in Class Green Capital Partners at its conception, bringing green real estate investment expertise as well as management consulting and construction management experience.

Prior to Class Green, Jackson helped build the real estate practice area at GreenOrder, a leading boutique management consulting firm, advising major real estate investors and developers on green building and investment strategy, as well as major corporate tenants on their occupied real estate portfolios. While at GreenOrder, he also helped develop business and lead engagements in other industries such as financial services and manufacturing. His previous experience includes engineering, construction management, and real estate development at Bechtel and The Related Companies.

Jackson is a member of ULI's Climate, Land Use and Energy Advisory Group, as well as the Implementation Team for the Green Building Finance Consortium, with a focus on occupant health and productivity. He has presented at major real estate conferences including the Annual ULI Place Making Conference, and has been interviewed by real estate publications such as Commercial Property News.

Jackson graduated from Dartmouth College summa cum laude with BA and BE degrees in engineering and from Harvard Business School with an MBA. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Michael Eskra
Director (Through November 2012)

Michael combines experience in real estate development with expertise in real estate investment to ensure the successful execution of Class Green's acquisitions and retrofits.

Previously, Michael worked at the Ackman-Ziff Real Estate group, where he was involved in the underwriting and placement of debt for real estate investment opportunities. Prior to that, Michael worked in the engineering design and development services group at Flack + Kurtz, one of the world's leading providers, focusing on work in sustainable design. During his time there he led teams on several notable green development projects, including The Verdesian in lower Manhattan, the first LEED Platinum residential building, 50 West Street, and several commissions for the U.S. State Department around the world.

Michael holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from New York University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State. In addition, he is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Urban Land Institute.

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