Kim Leinwand Erle is a LEED accredited professional whose career spans institutional asset management and strategy consulting. Erle is currently a Managing Director at NY Green Bank, where she is Head of Strategy, Impact & Investor Relations.
Previously, Erle was an independent consultant advising government entities, NGOs, institutions and early stage companies on strategic issues related to sustainable infrastructure, energy efficiency and high-performance building. She was a co-founder and COO of Trajectory Asset Management LLC, an institutional asset management firm, and a Partner and Financial Services practice leader at Mitchell Madison Group, a global strategy consultancy, where she advised financial institutions on sourcing, organizational change and business strategy. Erle was a portfolio manager in Deutsche Bank’s RREEF Retrofit Partners private equity fund that sought to deploy investor capital to implement deep energy retrofit projects in third-party buildings. In 2016 Erle was recognized as one of Sokol Media’s 2016 Top Women to Watch in Sustainability.
Erle earned her BS in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering with honors from Cornell in 1987. She earned an MA in International Affairs and Economics from Johns Hopkins University (1992) and MBA from Columbia Business School (1994), where she was recipient of the Beta Gamma Sigma Alumni Award for highest academic performance in the graduating class.
Erle enjoys a strong connection to Cornell. In addition to her role with the Atkinson Center, she is an elected member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women and served for seven years on the Advisory Board of CFEM, Cornell’s Financial Engineering Master’s Program. Erle is parent to a Cornell class of 2016 graduate, and participated in the Parent’s Committee from 2012-2016.