Daniel Gross is a private equity investor focused upon renewable energy, infrastructure and socially responsible impact investing, and the Director of the Climate Pledge Fund at Amazon.
He is a founder and instructor at Pivotal 180, where he develops content for courses and provides advisory services and transaction support to clients globally. He also serves as Chief Investment Officer of Climate Real Impact Solutions, a repeat issuer of special purpose acquisition corporations listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a focus on companies that reduce or eliminate carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
Mr. Gross has served as a Managing Director at Oaktree Capital Management and was one of the founding Partners of Hudson Clean Energy, a private equity firm with over $1 billion in assets under management. He has served on the board of directors of multiple companies, both private and public. While in the U.S. alternative energy investment group at Goldman Sachs, he headed efforts to invest in photovoltaic solar, including private investments in First Solar and SunEdison. He also founded the renewable energy investment business at GE Capital's Energy Financial Services unit, where he closed over $1 billion of principal investments in energy-sector loans, leases, mezzanine, common/preferred equity and tax-driven partnerships. In recent years, Mr. Gross has provided advisory services to family offices, private companies, non-profits, investment funds, development finance institutions, as well as government ministries and state-owned utilities in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Gross' professional contributions to the field of renewable energy finance include structuring and leading the first U.S. project financing of a rooftop PV solar installation, as well as the tax equity financing for the first and only renewable partnership flip structure to receive a Private Letter Ruling from the IRS, which became the basis of the IRS's subsequent issuance of the partnership flip Safe Harbor Rules.
Mr. Gross is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and holds appointments as a Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School and a Lecturer at the Yale School of the Environment. His courses on Renewable Energy Project Finance are offered both on campus and online as part of the Certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy.
Mr. Gross is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Masters in Environmental Management, M.B.A. and B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale University.