Peter W. Davidson is a co-founder, board member, and CEO of the Aligned Intermediary (AI), an investment advisory group created to help long-term investors (LTIs) channel significant amounts of institutional capital into climate infrastructure investments including clean energy, water infrastructure, and waste-to-value projects.
Prior to AI, Peter was the executive director of the Loan Programs Office (LPO) at the U.S. Department of Energy. Appointed to that position by President Obama in May 2013, he oversaw the program’s more than $30 billion portfolio of loans and loan guarantees, making it the largest project finance organization in the U.S. government. Among the many clean energy projects supported by his office were the first new nuclear power facility to be built in the U.S. in 30 years and the nation’s first-ever commercial-scale offshore wind facility.
Before LPO, Peter was the executive director of New York State’s economic development agency, the Empire State Development Corporation. Before entering government service, Peter founded and/or managed six media companies serving the rapidly-growing Hispanic market, including ownership of el Diario/La Prensa, New York City’s largest Spanish-language newspaper, as well as three Univision-affiliated TV stations.
Since 2001, Peter has been chairman of the JM Kaplan Fund, a family foundation with over $150 million in assets. Under his leadership, he has redirected the foundation’s grantmaking focus towards environmental conservation, urban green space and sustainable transportation. Peter is also a fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, an adjunct professor and adjunct research scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Earlier in his career, Peter was an executive in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley & Co. He holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. For the past 25 years, Peter has lived in Brooklyn, NY, where he also serves on a number of boards of local Brooklyn institutions.