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Rafael Alfonzo Esq.


20009, United States

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Rafael Alfonzo - Professional Summary:


Technology & Renewable Energy Entrepreneur with more than 15 years experience investing in and managing start-ups and early-stage companies. New venture formation skills include strategy, business development, team building, and capital raising.

Ventures have included:

Distributed Sun. Co-Founder and COO of solar energy company that develops, finances, and operates commercial solar energy plants across the US.

The Map Network. Investor and Counsel in start-up pioneer in place- and event-based data and mapping, acquired by Nokia/NAVTEQ in 2006.

Witten Technologies. Investor in early-stage, technology company that earned the Wall Street Journal’s 2004 Technology Innovation Award. 

Previously practiced as attorney advising technology start-up and early-stage companies and as a regulatory enforcement counsel and commercial litigator. Admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, Florida, and New York.


Rafael Alfonzo - Professional Experience:


Green Globe Ventures                                                           


September 2008 - present  Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Entrepreneur & Attorney focusing on new venture formation in renewable energy, technology, and social sectors.  Co-founder of Distributed Sun, a solar project development company; founding Chairman of ProInspire, a nonprofit human-capital management organization; angel investor & advisor to The Map Network, an internet location-based search company; angel investor & advisor to Witten Technologies, a 3D underground imaging company; and, founding advisory board member of Read and Prosper, a nonprofit literacy project delivering solar-chargeable eReaders to schools in developing countries. 

ProInspire - Chair, Board of Directors 

August 2009 – Present  Washington D.C. Metro Area

Non-profit organization whose mission is to develop the next generation of social sector leaders through sponsored fellowship programs and professional development training.


Read & Prosper - Member, Board of Advisors

July 2012 – Present  Washington D.C. Metro Area

Read & Prosper is an NGO that promotes education in developing countries by distributing solar chargeable e-readers pre-loaded with both local and international educational content.


Distributed Sun, Co-Founder & COO

August 2009 – July 2012  Washington, DC

Solar energy development company, independent power producer, and investment fund manager with operating assets in 5 states. As Co-Founder and COO, managed company day-to-day with functional responsibility over business development, project development & construction, and legal & regulatory affairs.


Distributed Sun's Solar Energy Investment Companies, President

January 2010 – June 2012  Washington D.C. Metro Area

Distributed Sun's Solar Energy Investment Companies -- sunONE, sunTWO, and sunTHREE -- own and operate solar assets across 5 states. As President, managed the companies' day-to-day operations, including billing & collection, customer service, maintenance & repair, and regulatory compliance.


Holland & Knight, Attorney

July 2002 – August 2008  Washington, DC and Miami, FL

Counsel to technology start-ups and early-stage companies. Regulatory enforcement and commercial litigation attorney.


United States Marine Corps, Captain

July 1997 – July 2002  Worldwide

Military prosecutor and humanitarian law & human rights lawyer.


Office of Congressman John Conyers, Legislative Aide

June 1992 – June 1993  Washington, DC

Immigration, international relations, and nuclear non-proliferation.



Rafael Alfonzo - Education:

MIT Sloan School of Management

Master of Business Administration, 2012 – 2014 (expected)

Executive program in progress.

The George Washington University Law School

Juris Doctor, 1993 – 1996

University of Michigan

B.A. in Political Science1990 – 1992

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