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Mike Smith

Managing Director & Founder

A life-long westerner, Mike grew up in Wyoming, Alaska, and Idaho and has a family and personal history of scientific land management. He founded RenewWest in Denver, Colorado in 2015.

Prior to RenewWest, Mike served as an officer in the United States Navy for over twelve years, primarily as a FA-18 Super Hornet pilot.  Postings included Italy, Japan, and throughout the United States.  While in the service, he led multiple independent projects with monthly operations budgets of $7+ million, 250+ personnel, and over $1.2 billion in assets.  His final tour on active duty was as the head of Navy cruise missile operations throughout Africa, Europe, and the western Middle East during a period of heightened international tension.

Mike earned his BS from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002, majoring in Systems Engineering, with a focus on Environmental Engineering and a minor-equivalent in Political Science. He is a certified Project Management Professional and holds a Fundamentals of Engineering certificate from the State of Maryland.


John Cleland

Managing Partner

John brings a background of entrepreneurial work in impact investing, capital raising, and commodities trading.  John’s track record of leveraging strong relationships to build and strengthen organizations supports RenewWest and its clients as they scale to achieve simultaneous social impact and financial return.

Prior to joining RenewWest, John worked as Director of Operations at the Impact Finance Center, a non-profit expanding the field of impact investing.  He led efforts for sponsorship and fundraising for IFC's CO Impact Days annual event.  Prior to moving to Denver, John spent the majority of his 14-year professional career as a futures trader/broker and Managed Futures portfolio manager in Chicago. 

John's passion for the outdoors and global sustainability combined with his background led to his move west and involvement in the impact investing community. John received his BA in Communications and Business Administration from Michigan State University and holds his Series 3 and Series 30 Registrations. 


Board of Advisors

Pete Dignan CEO Renewable Choice Energy

Pete Dignan

CEO Renewable Choice Energy

Katherine Hamilton Conservation Finance Expert

Katherine Hamilton

Conservation Finance Expert

Steven Ruddell President, CarbonVerde

Steven Ruddell

President, CarbonVerde

Jeff Lyng Senior Policy Advisor, The Center for The New Energy Economy

Jeff Lyng

Senior Policy Advisor, The Center for The New Energy Economy

Chandler Van Voorhis Managing Member, Green Trees

Chandler Van Voorhis

Managing Member, Green Trees

Matthew Bailey IoT Pioneer & Consultant

Matthew Bailey

IoT Pioneer & Consultant