Mark McDonald


La Jolla Shores, CA
Crested Butte, Colorado
The Presidio, CA

About me

My parents knew I would grow up to be an electrical engineer (like my father) when I made a doorbell by hand at age seven. I had a beautiful and simple upbringing in the suburbs of Atlanta engaging in eagle scout, camping, fishing, hiking activities when I was not in school.  I was also a state-level gymnast which brought my family tremendous pride and joy (in addition to having to juggle my travels for competitions into their schedules). Fast forward to college, as if exactly by prediction, I went on to study Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech. My college degree really opened up my eyes to all the possibilities that lied ahead of us in the energy sector. Ever since I can remember, I have been drawn towards sustainable energy related articles, books, authors and seminars. I started my professional journey working on complex energy and grid consulting projects for GE Energy at their Albany headquarters. I also published papers on various subjects ranging from ____ to _____. After seven years, I went on to Duke University for a full-time MBA with focus on energy and finance. Upon graduation, I worked for a Baird & Co in Chicago, a medium-sized investment bank for two years, followed by a move to Invenergy, a large US-based energy project developer for three years. I then transitioned back into investment banking at Marathon Capital, this time with a clear energy focus. Having been at the company for three years now (we also relocated to the San Francisco office), I have led equity and debt raises for growth companies, buy-side and sell-side transactions, mergers and takeovers, and SPAC deals.

At home, I have a beautiful wife who is an entrepreneurial spirit and a kind soul all in one, and a twelve pound shih-tzu/bichon mix puppy who keeps us on our toes.