2020 Board Nominees
- Three-year term: Paul Melamed (incumbent Board Director
- Three-year term: Brad Blackwell (incumbent Board Director)
Biographical information for each of these candidates is provided below, as is an overview of existing credit union officials and staff.
Paul Melamed has over thirty years’ experience with solar energy. He was the founder and President of High Country Sun, Inc. one of Colorado’s first solar contracting companies (1976-1979). In 1979, he merged with Novan Energy, Inc., a Boulder company that became one of the largest U.S. manufactures of solar thermal systems. He was part of the executive team that took the company from start up through IPO and seven years of continuous growth, until the expiration of the solar energy tax credits in 1986. Initially, as General Manager/V.P., he was responsible for setting up one of the largest solar distribution companies in the western U.S. Then as V.P. of Operations, he successfully transformed the procurement, manufacturing and logistics operations into efficient profit-generating organizations. His experiences as V.P. of Operations for Novan lead to his career in high tech and software businesses focused on operations and business management. Paul returned to the solar industry in 2005. From 2005-2007, as Director of Real Goods Solar, he created one of the largest Solar PV design and sales companies in Colorado. After retiring from Real Goods Solar, Paul formed VisionSun Design, LLC, a solar energy-consulting firm whose sole focus was to work with housing authorities to help bring solar energy to low-income affordable housing. He guided Boulder Housing Partners (the Housing Authority for Boulder, CO) in their procurement and installation of 600kW of solar PV systems. Paul is also one of the first off-the-grid solar and wind system users in the country (1980) and still uses the system today. In March 2009, Paul was elected to the Board of Directors of CoSEIA (Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association) for a one-year term. In 2013, Paul was elected to the Board of Directors of GRID Alternatives Colorado, a non-profit organization bringing solar PV to low income homeowners. He also serves as the chair of GRID Alternatives Advocacy Committee. Paul served on the City of Boulder Solar Advisory Committee in 2014.
Brad Blackwell has over 30 years of bank industry experience. Before recently retiring, Brad was an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo Home Lending (WFHL). In this role, Brad was responsible for leading a number of teams that focus on advancing homeownership through the development of housing policy and strategies to implement and promote products and programs that fill gaps, at-scale, for customers and communities with specialized mortgage needs across the economic spectrum. Prior to this, Brad led the Portfolio Lending group for WFHL to build industry leading portfolio capabilities by championing home equity products across the enterprise while also expanding Wells Fargo non-agency (jumbo) lending programs. Previously, he spent more than a decade as Executive Vice President of WFHL and jointly led the nation’s #1 retail mortgage production team. He was responsible for a distributed retail sales team of approximately 10,500 home mortgage consultants who originated residential mortgage loans in more than 2,400 mortgage stores nationwide. Brad was named to the post in 2004 after serving three years as a Senior Vice President for WFHL’s Pacific Markets where he led efforts that doubled Wells Fargo’s retail share on the West Coast. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2001, Brad was Senior Vice President for residential lending at Washington Mutual for three years and a Loan Consultant and Regional Manager for 17 years with World Savings. He also managed mortgage marketing, product development, sales planning, and retail banking organizations for World Savings. Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1982. He is passionate about environmental stewardship and charitable giving, and he is excited about the potential opportunity to help Clean Energy Credit Union pursue its mission and scale its positive environmental impact.
Diversity Statement by Board Chair, Blake Jones
Clean Energy CU strives to improve the diversity—in all of its forms—of its staff, board, supervisory committee, and membership. The 2020 nominating committee is aware that although one of its two nominees is Asian American, both nominees are men. That being said, we believe that our two nominated candidates are wonderfully qualified and mission-aligned, and both of them are incumbent directors who have played invaluable roles in helping our credit union pursue its mission. As a member-owned cooperative, we're hoping that our members will help us to continue improving the diversity of all of the stakeholder groups of our credit union.
Overview of Current Clean Energy CU Officials and Staff
Clean Energy CU’s management, Board of Directors, and Supervisory Committee includes a balanced mix of experience with credit unions, banks, clean energy companies, and start-ups.