Our Board


Ian Parker

Ian Parker is a member of RBC Capital Markets, LLC where he provides investment banking services to state and local governments, multifamily developers, and project developers in the sustainable infrastructure space. His practice also includes coverage of municipally-owned transportation and water systems throughout the state of California.

Prior to joining the firm, Ian worked at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch for nearly three decades. Over the years, Ian has touched aspects of housing, structured finance, derivatives, project finance, and general municipal finance. His goal in joining the Royal Bank of Canada team is to contribute to the firm’s established presence in municipal housing finance and infrastructure/utility investment banking with a particular focus on developing creative financing approaches to solve infrastructure-related public policy initiatives.

Ian serves as Board Chair Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA), based in Burlingame, California. PHS/SPCA is a private nonprofit committed to humane ethics and building healthy relationships between people and animals, and is the provider of animal rescue and control services for all of San Mateo County. PHS’ most recent initiative is to develop the first animal sanctuary in the nation to give unadoptable animals a place to live the rest of their lives with shelter, food, and companionship.

Ian earned a BA, with honors, from Harvard College in 1989.

Peter Fiske

Dr. Peter S. Fiske is the Director of the Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute (WERRI) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. WERRI’s goal is to orient and align the water-related research programs at LBNL to address critical gaps in the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of water-energy systems in California and the nation. Peter is also a seasoned executive with more than 2 decades of experience leading technology organizations and initiatives across industries such as Water, Renewable Energy, Defense, and Natural Resources. He has successfully commercialized several technologies including Reactive Atom Plasma (RAP) processing for optics and semiconductor manufacturing, biomimicry-inspired high-efficiency fluid mixing and process control technology (PAX Water) and has served as a board member or advisor to a number of technology start-ups. As CEO of PAX Water Technologies, he led the development, marketing and sales of three lines of premium process control technologies for the municipal water market, maintaining unusually high gross margins in a cost-sensitive industry with stiff competition. Under his leadership, his team of talented industry outsiders won several major industry awards for advertising and design, and maintained profitable growth of >20% per year, culminating in the acquisition of the company in January 2017 in an all-cash transaction. But he is most proud of the many talented professionals he has had the opportunity to recruit and coach throughout his career.

John Sarter

John Sarter is a sustainable designer/developer, innovator in systems integration, and expert in real estate, renewable energy, and transportation. He has owned and operated his firms, Sarter Construction & Design, Off The Grid Design, and Sol Lux Alpha, since 1986. A recognized leader in the solar+storage space since 2008, John founded the Microgrid Development Group in San Francisco in 2014 to unite a consortium of technology, energy, engineering, and other professionals committed to creating a resilient and sustainable, 100% renewable energy future. John completed coursework at the College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, and Stanford University.

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