We’re pairing world class talent with strong financial backing to develop, create, and build the largest EV infrastructure network on earth.
Neha Palmer is the CEO of TeraWatt Infrastructure, bringing over two decades of leadership experience in the energy industry. Most recently, she led energy strategy for Google’s global data centers. As the first hire focused on data center energy, Neha built out and led the team developing electric infrastructure and electricity procurement for the global fleet, covering dozens of sites over four continents. Key achievements include making Google the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world, and the first company of its size to achieve 100% renewable energy for operations, which it has done since 2017. Prior to Google, Neha held leadership roles at Pacific Gas and Electric, and worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Neha will bring her deep expertise in building out rapidly growing fleets of large scale energy intensive infrastructure to the emerging heavy EV charging asset class, a segment on track to outpace even the incredible growth data centers have seen over the last decade. Neha holds an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
Ethan Goldsmith is a co-founder of TeraWatt Infrastructure and a Partner at Keyframe Capital. Ethan has spent his career working with and for companies driving the transition to electrified transportation. This includes stops working in consulting, working at Rivian Automotive in a strategy role, and most recently as a Partner at Keyframe Capital. Ethan first worked as a consultant at Roland Berger supporting the firm’s clients, primarily incumbents in the automotive industry, assess the implications of vehicle electrification on their businesses. Most recently, Ethan helped define Rivian, the startup electric vehicle OEM’s, commercial strategies. Through these experiences it was clear to Ethan that 1) electric vehicles were coming, and much faster than most, including participants in the automotive industry, were expected, and 2) there was not a “natural home” for electric vehicle charging infrastructure ownership. These conclusions, combined with the collective insights of TeraWatt’s founding team, were the driving force behind the business’ origins.
Benjamin Birnbaum is a co-founder of TeraWatt and company Board Director. Ben has been obsessively working between municipalities, companies, and capital markets on how transportation, automotive, and energy as industries would need to find new ways to collaborate and contract with one another given the pace of technology change. Ben previously served as the Vice President of Strategy for MV Transportation, one of the largest transit operators in the world. In this role, Ben was responsible for establishing partnerships with Departments of Transportation in over 200 cities across North America, where MV operates, to integrate new technologies and service models to bring positive change to urban transit ecosystems. It was this deep municipal transit operating experience that fueled Ben’s conviction that as the world’s vehicle fleet electrified, a new breed of asset developer, owner, and operator would need to emerge to deliver the kind of infrastructure that the world would require for a successful transition to electric vehicles. And TeraWatt was born.
Today, in addition to his role with TeraWatt, Ben is a Partner at Keyframe Capital, a NYC based cross-asset investment firm that focuses on enabling change in physical infrastructure categories – like electric vehicle charging. Ben leads much of Keyframe’s investing focus in transportation, mobility, the built environment, and their cross-sections with energy business models. Other Board Director roles held by Ben include May Mobility, BuildingsIOT, and Aquicore. Ben holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.
In addition to being a co-founder and Board Member of TeraWatt, John Rapaport is the Chief Investment Officer of Keyframe Capital and a Partner at Cyrus Capital Partners. Since 2008, John has served in various roles at Cyrus, including responsibility for certain investments in the industrial, transportation, financial technology, and energy sectors. Previously, John was an associate at Sankaty Advisors LLC, a division of Bain Capital LLC. John has also been a Lecturer in the Economics Department at Yale University. From 2009 until its sale to Alaska Airlines in 2016, he served on the board of Virgin America and has served on a number of other public and private corporate boards. John holds a B.A. degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Harvard University.
West Owens is the Senior Vice President of Finance and Structuring. West specializes in opening up new asset classes to scalable capital market financing, including solar, distributed energy resources (DER) and virtual power plants (VPP). In his new role at TeraWatt, Owens will be responsible for setting the capital strategy and execution for the Company, including the creation of deal structures, nurturing relationships with and managing investors, and the buildout of a financing platform. Owens has advised multiple early stage energy companies, including OhmConnect, where he structured the first residential VPP financing across thousands of homes. As vice president of structured finance at SolarCity, a company acquired by Tesla, West raised more than $2 billion in diversified capital and securitized the first solar service agreements and loans in the asset-backed security market. He has also served as CFO at Future Family, where he brought the first large scale financing facility to fertility treatments, a chronically underserved market, and he served as CFO and COO at Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), where he financed the first large scale portfolio of energy storage DERs worth more than $200 million. Owens holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton.
David Schlosberg is TeraWatt’s VP of Solutions. Previously, he served as the head of eMobility energy services for Enel X North America, where he led the business line’s participation in energy and environmental markets, load management programs for electric utilities, smart charging partnerships with electric vehicle automakers, and strategy for vehicle-to-grid integration technology. He also provided industry leadership on EVs and distributed energy resources in regulatory and legislative forums. Prior to that, he was a principal energy market analyst within Google’s Access & Energy division where he was responsible for regulatory activities as well as related business development initiatives with utilities, energy management providers and renewable energy companies. David also held origination, project development and regulatory affairs roles at BrightSource Energy, a provider of large scale solar thermal power plants. David received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Sam is TeraWatt’s VP of Partnerships and Structuring. With a background covering both energy and transportation, Sam leads the team that takes TeraWatt’s deals across the finish line. Previously, Sam was the Director of Sustainability at Lyft, where he built the company’s sustainability program from the ground up and led Lyft to make the industry-leading commitment to 100% electric vehicles by 2030. Before Lyft, Sam spent 10 years at Google, where he developed the mapping of Google’s first carbon footprint and led the program to negotiate the renewable energy purchases that resulted in Google’s achievement of 100% renewable energy in 2017. Sam earned a BA in Physics from Williams College and an MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, where his research focused on wind energy and plug-in vehicles, respectively.