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. Walden is backed by RWE Supply & Trading, the energy trading arm of Germany-based RWE, one of Europe’s top five electric and gas utilities. In addition to their work at Walden, Valdovinos and her Co-Founders make discretionary growth investments in clean energy companies; these include distributed solar companies in Latin America, an electric vehicle charging station distributer, and a composting facility, among others. Valdovinos transitioned to clean energy after a career in commodities sales & trading. She believed her experience in the highly volatile commodities markets could be put to good use as an investor and project developer facilitating the shift to a low-carbon economy. 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 and high school students’ curricula to provide career & technical education built on a strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) foundation. Prior to Walden, she was a Managing Director at Barclays and 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.