Alumni-in-Residence 2014

Energy and the Environment:
A Conversation with Morehead-Cain Alumni

Thursday and Friday, November 6–7

We’re excited to welcome to the Foundation five of our Morehead-Cain Alumni with extensive experience in the energy and environmental fields—traditional and renewable resources, investment and consulting, and policy development.

Scholars, stay tuned as we reveal one of our alumni guests each week:

  • September 26
  • October 3
  • October 10
  • October 17
  • October 24
  • October 31

Be sure to mark your calendars and RSVP on the MC Network for our lively panel discussion, scholar and alumni mixer, dinner with the panelists, and one-on-one office hours with one or more of our alumni experts.

Look who’s coming to campus!


Brad IvesBrad Ives ’86
Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Brad Ives joined the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in January 2013 as assistant secretary for Natural Resources. In that role, he oversees the N.C. Aquariums, the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Division of Marine Fisheries, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, and the N.C. Zoo.

In his time with DENR, Brad has focused on improving customer experiences, directing the state parks program’s preparations for its 100th anniversary in 2016, and leading DENR’s efforts in passing legislation to regulate the siting of wind farms in North Carolina.

Before joining DENR, Brad was with Semprius, Inc., a North Carolina-based manufacturer of advanced solar panels. He also served as chief executive officer for Integro Earth Fuels, Inc., a biomass energy technology company, and was the founder and CEO of Illumination Renewables LLC, a renewable energy project development company.

Brad received his law degree from the UNC School of Law and was in the first graduating class of the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Debra and their two children.


Latham Grimes-1Latham Grimes ’95
General Counsel, Strata Solar

Latham Grimes serves as General Counsel of Strata Solar, a fully integrated utility scale solar development and construction company based in Chapel Hill. Since 2012 when he joined the company, Strata has built and currently owns over 500 megawatts of solar projects—primarily in North Carolina. Governor McCrory recently visited a Strata construction site to celebrate a total of $1 billion of investments in solar projects in North Carolina, helping to make the state one of the hottest in the country for solar development.

Prior to joining Strata, Latham spent five years in non-legal roles as a principal in real estate development and construction firms in Charlotte, with a primary focus on urban residential and mixed-used projects.

After receiving a law degree from UNC School of Law in 1999, Latham began his career working for a federal district court judge in Asheville. He then spent four years as an associate attorney at Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson in Charlotte working in litigation and real estate.

Latham lives (and loves living) in Chapel Hill with his wife Beth and their two children, Colson (11) and Redding (9).


Week 4--James Mason-1James Mason ’91
Chief Financial Officer, Tier One Solar

James Mason’s professional experience spans twenty-two years across the private investments spectrum. In 2003, James co-founded Parish Capital Advisors, LLP, a private equity fund focused on investing in niche markets, with two of his fellow Morehead-Cain Alumni.

Before founding Parish Capital, he served as Director of Private Investments for Duke University Management Company (DUMAC) and was responsible for the endowment’s private investments strategy, including Private Equity, Real Estate, Oil & Gas, Timber and Distressed.

Before joining DUMAC, James worked as an M&A advisor at the investment banking firms of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin and Bowles Hollowell Connor & Co. He began his career at First Chicago Bank and received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.

After he sold Parish Capital Advisors, he joined Tier One Solar and is currently the CFO.


Jessica Lin-Powers ’00
Strategic Planning Lead, Wind and Water Power Program
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jessica Lin-Powers-1Jessica Lin-Powers leads long-term strategic planning for the Department of Energy’s Wind Power Program. This $90M program invests in technology development, research, and deployment activities targeted at lowering the costs and increasing deployment of wind power for the Nation.

Before joining the National Renewable Energy Lab/Department of Energy in 2011, Jessica worked at GE Wind for five years, progressing through their internal development program, the Renewable Energy Leadership Program.

At GE Jessica rotated through the business and amassed varied experiences, including auditing wind turbine maintenance jobs in rural west Texas, developing a joint venture with a wind developer in China, and identifying and negotiating new contracts with suppliers in Brazil.

Jessica earned her MBA at the University of Michigan and a BSPH in Environmental Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and daughter.


Bill Ulfelder ’90Bill Ulfelder ’90
Executive Director, New York
The Nature Conservancy

Bill Ulfelder joined the Nature Conservancy in 1995, working on community-based conservation in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuadorian Andes. In 1997, he was appointed Peru Program Director, where he helped negotiate a $10.5 million debt-for-nature swap to provide $10.5 million for Peruvian protected areas in exchange for Peruvian debt relief.

Since 2003, Bill has traveled the world and moved around the U.S. and to the Caribbean as director of the Nature Conservancy’s programs in Northern Arizona, Eastern Colorado, the Central Caribbean, and, since 2009, in New York.

During his time there, the Conservancy in New York has conserved over 100,000 acres and launched in New York City the Conservancy’s first-ever comprehensive urban conservation program. Bill holds dual master’s degrees in Forest Resource Management and Natural Resource Economics & Policy from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and is a Fulbright Scholar.

Bill lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. Read about Bill’s Sunday routine with his family in this 2011 New York Times profile.