Erik G. Birkerts has over 30 years of operational and general management experience, including project financing and strategy development for industrial, energy efficiency, and clean technology companies. Erik Birkerts is the Chief Executive Officer of Clean Energy Trust, responsible for leading the organization in its mission of bringing impactful innovation to market by finding, funding, and growing startups commercializing clean energy, decarbonization, and environmental sustainability solutions.
Birkerts has been on the senior management teams for two IPOs of venture capital backed companies, including serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of publicly-traded Orion Energy Systems (NASDAQ: OESX). Erik currently serves on the Board of Directors for Milbank Manufacturing, the largest manufacturer in the U.S. of electrical metering housings and related equipment, including electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Erik also serves as a senior advisor to Metrus Energy (energy efficiency finance), and a board observer for NanoGraf Corporation (advanced materials), Intellihot (energy efficiency) and Renewance (battery lifecycle management).
He also serves on the Advisory Council for Argonne National Laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovations Program, the Advisory Board for Northwestern University’s NUvention: Energy Program, as a Mentor for Loyola University Chicago’s Baumhart Scholars program, and as a Strategist for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
Birkerts earned his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BA with honors in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.