President & CEO
Van L. Vincent is a senior-level clean energy business executive and urban development entrepreneur. He currently serves as President & CEO of VLV Development, where he leads the company’s efforts to deliver impactful development projects across the country. Van develops sustainable housing and clean energy projects in urban centers while driving the idea that clean energy, climate security and economic development are all interrelated and are advantageous investment opportunities. In 2009 co-founded VGI Energy, LLC., which is a full service clean energy and energy efficiency company.
As free-thinker and dynamic innovator, Van’s experience in the public and private sectors has helped him bridge gaps, educate the public, drive development and foster partnerships. Van led the affordable housing practice for the Chicago office of Virchow-Krause LLP, (now Baker Tilly) and spearheaded the development of affordable housing post-Hurricane Katrina in the Mississippi Delta and gulf coast.
Van played a key role in restructuring and transforming HUD’s Project Based Section 8 portfolio while he served in the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Office of Affordable Housing Preservation. During his service he managed a portfolio in excess of $150,000,000 across 16 states, while overseeing government contractors commissioned to deliver services on behalf of the department.
Van holds an MS in Human Services Administration from Spertus College of Judaica in Chicago and a BA from Chicago State University. He has participated in executive-level programs at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) and an active clean energy policy advocate.
As a US Navy veteran, Van was nominated as a White House “Champion of Change” for leadership in the service of advanced clean energy initiatives and promoting greater climate security.