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James Osborn

Joined In Jul 2018

About Me

Mr. Osborn has dedicated his entire career to industries that advance environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) issues and socially responsible investing (“SRI”). After working for institutions as an environmental engineer, an investment banker in social infrastructure, a clean energy project lender, and, most recently, a clean energy investor in the private equity space, he started Envest Asset Management, LLC (“EAM”). As a grassroots effort to increase ESG practices, EAM brings SRI and ESG investing to individuals, families, businesses, and non-profits. Mr. Osborn provides a unique perspective to the financial advisor and investment management industry. He was a Director and a founding employee of two clean energy focused private equity funds having invested in over 30 unique clean energy projects over an eight year period. The amount of carbon dioxide displaced by these projects is equivalent to a forest the size of Connecticut or over 600,000 cars taken off the road. In this role, he originated and executed new investment opportunities. Not only did he make innumerable contacts from this role, but he also performed considerable analysis when reviewing an investment opportunity. He instituted a deep-dive into the financial health of the opportunity to determine its long-term value. Once a company was purchased, he was instrumental in the on-boarding and on-going management process. He often directed or helped form the company under state and federal regulations and budget for operating performance and profit and losses. He also worked on investment optimization by finding new sales, reducing expenses, or taking advantage of various capital sources. He was an acting secretary on three boards on behalf of the funds' investments. Prior to joining the fund, he worked as an investment banker focused on the clean energy sector. He executed hundreds of millions in investments, via debt instruments, into companies that made significant improvements to the environment and community: reducing carbon dioxide (“CO2”) and other greenhouse gases (“GHG”), increasing the use of renewable power/energy to corporations, municipalities and broader public, and creating long-term jobs including those based in Connecticut. Mr. Osborn begin his finance career as an investment banker with UBS Securities. As part of the municipal securities division, he was a member of a team that raised over $1 billion in bonds for social infrastructure. This was for the benefit of state and local governments, educational institutions, transportation agencies, or other municipal departments. This was accomplished by using tax-exempt and taxable bonds. His career started as an environmental engineering consultant. He designed water treatment systems, upgraded wastewater treatment plants, reduced storm water runoff, among others. These designs enhanced the environment and communities. Outside of work he is on two non-profit boards. As a Board Member for the Ridgefield Education Foundation (“REF”) in Ridgefield, CT, he is engaged in organizational planning and records as well as general board related matters that advance education for the Ridgefield Public School system. As a Board Member for and the Woodcock Nature Center (“WNC”) in Wilton, CT, he is engaged in organizational planning for events that promote environmental conservation throughout the community. He is actively chasing his two kids, engaged in endurance sports, and often found running the streets throughout Wilton and Ridgefield. He also drives a hybrid vehicle. Education: MBA, Simon Business School, University of Rochester BSE, Chemical Engineering, Villanova University




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