Co-Founder, Walden Green Energy
2017 Law & Finance Award Winner
Sarah Valdovinos is a Co-Founder of Walden Green Energy, a company focused on developing utility-scale renewable energy projects. In addition to her work at Walden, Valdovinos makes discretionary growth investments in clean energy companies and ventures facilitating the shift to a low-carbon economy, including distributed solar companies in Latin America, an electric vehicle charging station distributer, and a composting facility, among others. Valdovinos is also working to ensure the workforce will be prepared to harness this trend. She is currently sponsoring and fundraising for an initiative with the University of California (UC), San Diego, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to incorporate clean energy and sustainability science into middle school curriculums to provide career and technical education built on a strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) foundation. Valdovinos transitioned to clean energy after a career in commodities sales and trading. Prior to joining Walden, she was a Managing Director at Barclays, where she served as Head of Commodities Origination for Latin America, Canada, and U.S. Oil and Gas. She joined Barclays from Goldman Sachs’ Commodities Latin America team. She started her career in energy at Southern California Edison. Valdovinos holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.