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Key Leadership

Catalyst Energy Executive Team

Matt Cheney
Chief Executive Officer

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Steve Malnight
President & Managing Director


Matt is a seasoned CEO and company founder that has brought to life a series of large-scale renewable energy companies & funds including CP-EM, Conveyance Capital Partners, CleanPath Ventures, Fotowatio RV, MMA Renewable Ventures, & Nuon nv Americas. Matt has syndicated tax efficient and direct funding for solar and wind projects totaling over 6 GWs globally. He is also a serial investor in promising start-ups.  He holds a BS from The American University and a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS, both in Washington, DC. 

Steve worked for sixteen years at PG&E in California where he served in several executive roles leading the company’s strategy on clean energy and the transition to a sustainable future. His last role was as the Senior Vice President of Energy Supply and Policy, where he led a team of over 8,000. He most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Duquesne Light Company; a private equity owned distribution utility company. At Duquesne, Steve helped to transform the company into a regional leader in clean energy. Steve received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and his master’s in business administration from the Tuck School at Dartmouth

Andrew Roettger
Partner & Executive Director

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Andrew is a C Level corporate advisor in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York and London. Andrew was a founding member of the London International Financial Futures Exchange, has worked on the ECB Systemic Risk Board, member of the Chicago Board of Trade, Pacific Stock Exchange, European Options Exchange, and currently runs a private equity fund and has for 25 years run a strategic tax advisory service. He is an alumni of Boston University and Sloan School of Management.

Catalyst Energy Team

Stephen Levy
Finance Director

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Craig Schwer
Renewable Energy Director

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Stephen is a finance director with Catalyst. Prior to Catalyst Energy, Stephen had five years of power industry experience, having held associate roles at Prudential Private Capital (power/renewables finance group) and EnCap Energy Transition Fund (a ~$1.2 billion private equity fund focused on pursuing investment opportunities created by the global transition to a lower-carbon energy system). Mr. Levy received his BBA in Finance with Honors from Texas Christian University.

Craig leads the firm’s project development pipeline, managing interconnection, engineering, real estate, permitting, and other critical development activities related to solar, energy storage, and thermal generation. Craig most recently served as a Senior Associate at National Grid Renewables where he was a member of both the Commercial and Project Finance Teams. Craig was responsible for modeling solar, wind, and battery storage projects for the firm’s investment committee in addition to raising the required tax equity and debt financing. Craig graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.B.A. in Finance.

Ryan Cox

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Brent Ellwood
Land Consultant

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Ryan graduated with a B.S. in Business and Energy Finance from Wake Forest University in May 2021 and joined the team in June 2021. Ryan has been assisting Catalyst with identifying, evaluating and populating a deal pipeline of natural gas power plants that Catalyst will pursue in the future.

Brent brings extensive experience and a unique perspective to the Catalyst team. He is a farm owner in Dorchester County Maryland. He understands the ever-changing regulations, price fluctuations, and government oversite that farmers must overcome every day. Brent is committed to helping farmers remain independent of blanket perpetual land use agreements while co-locating existing farmland with solar development projects.

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