Rick Tallman 
Program Manager, Native American Mining and Energy Sovereignty Initiative

Rick Tallman is a veteran entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investment manager that leads the Tallman Group, an independent investment firm and strategic consultancy focused on the energy transition. In 2007, he founded Renova Capital, a leading Denver-based private equity firm that invested in, developed, managed, and sold over $1B of clean energy assets across multiple industries. He was a founder, CEO & Chairman of Main Street Power Company (now AES Clean Energy), a pioneering solar company that developed thousands of distributed solar arrays while launching the industry’s first residential solar leasing fund. He currently serves as a board member and strategic advisor to Sustainable Living Innovations, building the world’s first Zero Energy high-rise apartment buildings. Earlier in his career, Rick established a reputation as a successful entrepreneur by founding and leading a variety of early-stage companies through initial public offering or acquisition. This included a leading superfund remediation firm, a pioneer of municipal water utility privatization, and one of the very first internet photo community sites. Rick served as a Company Commander in the US Army during the Persian Gulf War, serves on a variety of corporate and non-profit boards, and frequently lectures on subjects of entrepreneurship and a sustainable future. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Geologic and Hydrologic Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, where he serves on the Board of Governors.