Jim Donovan

Mike Gilroy


Mike Gilroy has almost twenty years of experience as a CEO and co-founder growing specialty finance businesses by working closely with channel partners.

Mike’s involvement with solar began as an investor and board observer for Sungage starting in 2015. Until recently, Mike was also the CEO of Springstone Financial, a healthcare financing business acquired by LendingClub in 2014. Springstone partnered with over 20,000 medical and dental practices to provide affordable payment options for amounts up to $50,000.  Prior to Springstone, Mike lead the scale up of AmeriFee, a patient financing business that was acquired by Capital One in 2001. Earlier in his career, Mike held sales, marketing and business development positions at Corning, Inc and Dentsply Intl. Mike is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Sara Ross

Co-Founder & CRO

Sara founded Sungage Financial following her own experience purchasing solar.

After acting as the general contractor for an award-winning deep energy retrofit of her own home, she started a business to help solar contractors meet the needs of residential consumers. Sara was a speaker at the 2012 Building Energy Conference, and is a member of the New England Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), Solar Connecticut and the Renewable and Energy Efficiency Business Association (REEBA). Sara has worked previously for the City of New York, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, USAID, and Abt Associates performing policy and economic analysis. Sara holds an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Jim Donovan


Jim Donovan, COO, is a fintech entrepreneur with extensive experience in managing operations, risk and working with bank partners.

Jim was a co-founder of Springstone Financial, Premier Payment Solutions and AmeriFee in addition to credit positions held at Capital One and LendingClub. He has had a successful career working in operations and finance for the past 25 years. Jim holds a Master’s degree from Boston College.

Michael Giles

Chief Technology Officer & Chief Product Officer

Mike is a serial entrepreneur who has focused on conceptualizing, creating and delivering successful software products for the past 20 years.

Those products have ranged from enterprise content management, business process automation and cloud-based, mobile communications to consumer social bookmarking and travel meta-search. In addition to founding several companies, most recently Otalo and Furl (sold to LookSmart in 2004), Mike has advised start-ups, helped grow Vitria from an early start-up to a multibillion dollar public company and raised four children. Mike holds a BA in Physics from Oberlin College.

Joseph Abel

Director of Business Intelligence

Joe has a passion for market-based solutions to climate change and has experience building and improving operational capacity for energy companies.

At Bain and Company, he worked with PG&E, a large investor-owned utility, to develop systems for tracking performance across a 20,000-person organization. After Bain, Joe joined Sungevity where he managed its fast-growing Remote Solar Design team, while leading the development of new products and business processes. He played a critical role in adding a financial product offering, adopting a subcontracting model, and expanding the company’s operations to include both coasts, growing annual bookings from $3 million to $100 million. Joe holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nancy Murphy

Director of Finance and Administration

Nancy has human capital management and financial experience from a broad spectrum of industries.

Following roles in various financial organizations, including banking, mortgage lending and insurance, Nancy found Sungage during the time she was investigating solar for her own home and looking for a challenging career opportunity. She is committed to creating a culture of excellence mixed with just the right amount of fun. She became a Sungage customer within six months of joining the team.  Nancy holds a BS in Management from Boston College.

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