Executive Team

Each year, CleanTech Group members in the Full-time MBA program at McCombs School of Business elect officers who manage the group.

Class of 2018

Charlie Cox



Charlie is passionate about cleantech and entrepreneurship and he plans to continue to work in that nexus following the completion of his MBA. Originally from Atlanta, Charlie comes to McCombs by way of Cape Town, South Africa. There Charlie co-founded a project development firm that focused on producing renewable energy from invasive biomass species. Charlie holds a bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University and is also in the process of finalizing a master’s degree in Energy and Development Studies from the University of Cape Town.

Nina Hitchins

Vice President (Events)


Nina is a member of the McCombs MBA Class of 2018, concentrating in Clean Technology and Private Equity Finance. In addition to her position with the CleanTech Group, she holds leadership roles in Venture Fellows and Graduate Women in Business. Prior to McCombs, Nina was a consultant with NERA Economic Consulting. She provided economic advice to industry and government, largely in the resources and energy sectors. Originally from Australia, Nina graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Resource Economics (First Class Honours).

Erica Pocs

Co-Vice President (Finance)


Erica is an MBA candidate at McCombs School of Business where her focus is in cleantech and finance. Prior to UT, Erica worked in account management roles for Software as a Service technology companies for five years in Austin, Texas. While at McCombs, she is a member of Graduate Women in Business, CleanTech Group, and Wine Club in addition to LEC. Erica earned her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and enjoys cycling, tennis, and volunteering for youth mentoring programs, and she is passionate about the future of renewables in Texas and beyond.

Peter Christmas

Co-Vice President (Careers)


Peter graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2011 with a BBA in Finance. Upon graduation, Peter spent the next 5 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised a variety of clients (i.e., World Bank Group, US Marine Corps, and Department of Energy) on improving strategic effectiveness and efficiency. Apart from McComb’s stellar reputation and academic rigor, Peter chose McCombs for the cleantech-focused curriculum and expansive network of clean tech alumni. Peter is currently a CleanTech Fellow, assisting Petros PACE Finance, a financier specializing in clean energy improvements for C&I buildings, with market research and underwriting preparation.

Lewis Bichkoff

Co-Vice President (Careers)


Lewis’ career in clean tech began at Bosch Solar Energy in Germany, where he developed Bosch’s go-to-market strategy for the US market. He then spent four years at the California Public Utilities Commission, designing and implementing clean energy programs at both the utility-scale and distributed generation level. During his first semester, he helped organize Austin’s first solar business festival and currently consults for the Energy Storage Association. Lewis is a McCombs Cleantech Fellow, recipient of the Net Impact Energy Scholars Award, and holds a B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy from UC Berkeley.

Post-MBA, Lewis wants to apply his policy experience and finance skills in a corporate finance, corporate strategy or project development role within the clean energy sector.

Raveesh Budania

Vice President (Marketing Communications)


Before joining McCombs, Raveesh led a niche consulting firm focused on solar energy in India for four years where he advised project developers and investors on solar project development and go-to-market strategy. Most recently, he determined the marketing strategy of the startup building the world’s first commercially-viable solar-powered ferry. Prior to leading his consulting firm, Raveesh worked as a business systems analyst at UK’s largest utilities services company for two years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in Information Technology from Manipal Institute of Technology, India.

Charlie Barnett

Vice President (Professional Development)


Charlie Barnett is a first-year MBA student excited about pursuing a career in renewable energy. He is specifically interested in new technologies, renewable energy origination, and energy efficiency systems. Prior to enrolling at the University of Texas, Charlie earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland and then spent 3 years working as a Technology Consultant at Accenture.

Edgar Varela

Vice President (CleanTech Fellows)


Prior to McCombs, Edgar worked at Recurrent Energy, a solar energy project developer, where he led teams that developed solar power plants in the US and abroad. He has experience ranges from building out pipelines of greenfield projects to evaluating M&A deals in key strategic regions. At McCombs, Edgar is concentrating on CleanTech and Finance, and is co-chair of the McCombs Ambassadors Committee. Edgar is passionate about the future of mobility and is using his time at McCombs to develop a deeper understanding of how global automotive megatrends will affect a variety of interrelated industries. Edgar is from San Francisco and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Santa Clara University.

To view the executive teams from previous years, please visit ‘CleanTech Alumni’ webpage.