Walter L. McLeod is the Managing Director of Monarch Strategic Ventures at Monarch Private Capital. With more than two decades of executive experience in business development, strategy and government relations in the energy and environment sectors, Walter is a recognized expert and thought leader in cleantech policy, finance, and development.
Walter is also the Founder and Managing Director of Eco Capitol Energy, a cleantech holding company with multiple subsidiaries and solar projects across the seven-state Mid-Atlantic Region. He has successfully developed or permitted a portfolio of utility-scale solar projects with a capacity exceeding 700 megawatts (MWac) and valued at more than $850M.
In addition to his roles in the private sector, Walter serves as a Professor of Practice at George Mason University, where he created the “Electric Vehicle Roundtable” consortium leading to the creation of the landmark document, “Guiding Principles for Electrified Mobility.” Industry participants included Dominion Energy, Xcel Energy, Deutsche Bank, Daimler, Tesla, Volkswagen, EVgo, ChargePoint, Lyft and Uber – representing a collective market cap exceeding $500B (2017).
Walter is also the author of the widely read book and blog, “The Carbon Creed,” published by New Degree Press and Substack, respectively. He has served on several boards and advisory committees, including the Chesapeake Solar and Storage Association (CHESSA), Black Owners of Solar Services (B.O.S.S.), George Mason University Alumni Association, American Council on Renewable Energy, Chemical Angels Network, SURGE Ventures Accelerator and the MIT Climate Energy Prize to name a few.
Walter earned his MS in chemistry from the College of Science at George Mason University, a BA in chemistry from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and completed the Executive Education Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Education & Professional Associations
- MS in Chemistry, George Mason University
- BA in Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- Executive Education Program, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
- Chesapeake Solar and Storage Association (CHESSA)
- Black Owners of Solar Services (B.O.S.S.)
- George Mason University Alumni Association
- American Council on Renewable Energy
- Chemical Angels Network
- SURGE Ventures Accelerator
- MIT Climate Energy Prize