We have created a specialty firm that has an incredible ability to improve commercial properties, strenghten businesses and help communities. 

Ali Cooley

CIO & Co-founder

Ali’s Nuveen Story

Alexandra “Ali” Cooley is an entrepreneur focused on financial innovation to scale the adoption of clean energy. Ali co-founded Greenworks Lending in 2015 and from start until its April 2021 acquisition by Nuveen, Greenworks expanded from lending in one to over three dozen states, from 0 to over 400 individual assets, and from two to over 60 employees. Since 2021, Nuveen Green Capital, as Greenworks is known following its acquisition, has grown to over 85 employees and a balance sheet in excess of $600M.

Prior to co-founding Greenworks, Ali oversaw and managed the development of over $100M in innovative financial products for deploying clean energy leveraging private capital in Connecticut at the Connecticut Green Bank, the nation’s first green bank.  

Ali holds an MBA/MEM from Yale University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Center for Business and Environment at Yale. Below is a selection of recent recognition for her work scaling C-PACE from a small handful of state-level programs to an institutional asset class:

● GlobeSt “Best Bosses in CRE” 2022

● CRE Finance Council 20 under 40 2022

● Commercial Observer 50 Most Important People in Commercial Real Estate 2022

● Global Capital Esoteric Asset-Backed Securitization of the Year for Nuveen Green Capital’s first 144a bond issuance in 2021

Alexandra Cooley (right) pictured with Liddy Karter of Enhanced Capital Partners, was honored by Westfair Communications Inc as one of the 2017 Fairfield County CFOs of the Year.

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