Melinda Baglio ’09 Recognized as a Changemaker in the Clean Energy Field


As chief investment officer and general counsel at the solar storage investor CleanCapital, Melinda Baglio ’09 has dedicated her career to climate action and empowering women in the field of clean energy. She was recently recognized for her leadership and achievements at the 12th Annual Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium on Sept. 28, when she received this year’s C3E Law Award.

“I am honored and thankful to be this year’s recipient of the C3E Award, recognizing efforts from many impressive women battling for a sustainable future,” shared Baglio. “This award not only acknowledges the importance of climate action, but also underscores the significance of empowering women in this critical field. It highlights that contributions, small or large, are the stepping stones to a better tomorrow.”

The award is presented annually to a woman making a difference in the law, which promotes career advancement, inspires others to support and recognize women who are contributing to the clean energy field, and helps women of all ages envision themselves growing their careers in the sector, according to the C3E Initiative.

Baglio’s passion for renewable energy stems from her time as an advocate for effective environmental policy at the New York Public Interest Research Group. She interned at EarthJustice, a premier environmental litigation group, while attending Fordham Law and was an attorney at Chadbourne & Parke and White & Case before joining CleanCapital.

In her current role, Baglio oversees all aspects of CleanCapital’s legal affairs as well as the structuring and execution of capital markets transactions. Since joining CleanCapital in 2018, she has overseen nearly every aspect of its operations and has been instrumental in guiding the company’s advancement from a start-up to one of North America’s leading commercial solar asset owners. Baglio is also respected for her track record in promoting diversity, both within the company and the field at large.


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