Healthy Planet Partners believe that business and environmental stewardship should go hand in hand. We understand that today's ecological realities entail a need to change business as usual particularly in the power sector. Growing public awareness has created a demand for products and services that can replace the outdated business model of the centralized power utility. Our team of professionals exists to meet this challenge. Together, we have extensive experience in finance, renewable energy, and the building operations industries. Our expertise, contacts, and deep dedication to the cause allow us to be leaders in the field of renewable energy solutions.
Michael Richter is the Founder and Managing Partner of Healthy Planet Partners. Prior to starting HPP, he was a Founding Partner of Environmental Capital Partners, a $100 million private equity firm focused on investments in resource efficiency. A former Catto Environment Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors for Riverkeeper and serves as a member of the Board of directors for the Sierra Club Foundation. He has collaborated with the Natural Resources Defense Council in their effort to bring the best ecological practices to the sports industry, and he launched Athletes for a Healthy Planet, a group dedicated to fostering an understanding of the connections between environmental issues, human health, economy, social justice and well-being. Michael enjoyed a 15-year career as goalkeeper for the NY Rangers and has represented the United States in numerous international competitions including three US Olympic teams. Michael earned his BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.
General Counsel, Healthy Planet Partners
Irina Palchuk recently assumed the role of General Counsel after acting as Vice President of Project Finance with Healthy Planet Partners. Irina started her career as an associate in Faegre & Benson LLP’s Finance and Restructuring group. Subsequently, Irina worked on defaulted bonds and asset backed securities at U.S. Bank National Association, and closed complex debt transactions at The Bank of New York Mellon. Irina earned her BSB in International Business and her JD at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Project Manager, Healthy Planet Partners
Jessica Esposito is the Project Manager at Healthy Planet Partners. She oversees project development and construction of HPP’s renewable and energy efficiency projects. Prior to joining HPP, Jessica was a Research Fellow and Resource Specialist for the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Green Sports and Entertainment program, where she assisted large events, facilities, sports teams, companies, and organizations in reducing their environmental footprint by adopting greener practices in their daily operations and procurement. Jessica earned her BA in English from Wheaton College and her MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. She is a LEED Accredited Professional for Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance.
Executive Assistant, Healthy Planet Partners
Alicia Mandelkow is the Executive Assistant at Healthy Planet Partners. She manages day-to-day business administration and operations of the company, oversees special projects, and provides executive-level assistance to the Founder and President of HPP. Prior to HPP, Alicia was the Executive Assistant at Recyclebank, a company that works with partners using a mix of education, rewards and impact metrics to incentivize consumers and communities to live more sustainable lifestyles. Alicia earned her BFA in Theatre at Southern Oregon University.