Eric Espino Returns to PFM as Senior Managing Consultant in Environmental Finance Group

Eric Espino has rejoined PFM as Senior Managing Consultant within the company’s Environmental Finance team in Los Angeles. In that role, once the requisite licensing is acquired, he will advise government agencies and non-profits in developing and financing environmental and sustainability programs.

Espino was originally at PFM from 2011 – 2014 after working as a credit analyst at Fitch Ratings in New York. Following a short stint at a commercial bank and after taking some time off to travel and pursue a passion project, he ultimately decided that PFM was where his passion lied.

“What stood out as I thought about my experience at PFM - and the driving force in returning - were the people. The people here are very talented, experienced and smart, and they care about the work they do,” Espino explained. “I care about the public interest and public service and that’s something that is important at the firm and I enjoy working with people who have that same mindset.”

“We are excited to have Eric and the broad financial experience he brings into the wide variety of projects we encounter,” said PFM Managing Director Laura Franke, a highly regarded professional in the field of environmental finance. “Eric’s familiarity with PFM and his knowledge of the issues we work on are major advantages for us.”

Espino said he enjoys using market financing approaches to facilitate projects that promote environmental sustainability. A major business for PFM in the West is their work with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs, which provide residential or commercial property owners with loans to pay for energy efficiency projects and upgrades, such as lighting retrofits and new insulation in older buildings.

“With PACE, the homeowners or businesses save money on their utility bills while also getting access to a relatively inexpensive financing alternative because of how the program is structured,” Espino said. “And all the while they are taking actions that promote long-term sustainability.”

Espino earned his B.S. in Public Policy and Management at the University of Southern California before completing a Master’s degree in City Planning at MIT. His focus of study – “how to work within big systems to promote a sustainable future and build out either cities or even countries that take notice of climate change and take action to address the issue accordingly.”

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