Sunlight Financial’s principals are pioneers in the renewable energy industry, with decades of collective experience and more than $5 billion in renewable energy investments. Our team is excited to apply our skills and experience in the next wave of innovation in solar financing, which complements our greater mission of accelerating the adoption of solar by increasing access to low-cost capital. Our knowledge and expertise positions us to be on the forefront of the emerging market for residential solar loans.

Matt Potere, Chief Executive Officer

Matt Potere serves as chief executive officer and joined Sunlight from Bank of America where he was senior vice president responsible for the Bank’s $90 billion home equity portfolio.

Prior to Bank of America, Matt served as the chief operating officer of start-up small business lender, Swift Financial. Matt was also previously First Vice President at MBNA America where he held senior credit, marketing and operations roles and assisted in the start-up of MBNA’s Canadian operations.

Matt has a B.A. from the University of Delaware and is active in the community serving on the board of Queen City Forward, a non-profit organization committed to accelerating socially conscious start-ups.

Tim Parsons, Chief Operating Officer

Tim Parsons serves as the chief operating officer responsible for Sunlight’s credit risk management and operations. Tim joined Sunlight from Citigroup where he was the Chief Risk Officer for Citi’s $14B Sears Card portfolio.

Previously Tim held senior credit, operations and analytics roles at start-up small business lending Swift Financial, JP Morgan Chase and MBNA America. Tim’s nearly 20 years of credit experience spans consumer & small business credit card, unsecured personal loans, medical practice finance, small business cards and lines, and retail sales finance.

Tim holds a B.S. in finance from the University of Delaware.

Barry Edinburg, Chief Financial Officer

Barry joined Sunlight as Chief Financial Officer from Spruce Finance, where he was also the Chief Financial Officer (and he had served in the same role with Kilowatt Financial prior to Kilowatt Financial and Clean Power Finance merger that formed Spruce).

Prior to Kilowatt Financial, Barry was a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group, responsible for making and managing private equity investments in financial services businesses and for the capital markets activities of portfolio companies across business lines.

Barry holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Yoni Cohen, Head of Business Development and Marketing

Yoni Cohen serves as head of business development and marketing.

Before joining Sunlight as its second employee, Yoni led business development for an energy storage company. Yoni also reported about residential solar for Greentech Media, helped a solar finance company win DOE SunShot grants,​ and worked in venture capital, at both DBL Investors and Israel Cleantech Ventures.

Earlier in his career, Yoni wrote about college basketball for Fox Sports and directed communications for political campaigns, helping to elect eight Members of Congress.

Yoni holds a JD from Yale Law School and a B.A. in Political Science and Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.​


Board of Directors

  • Emil W. Henry, Jr., Tiger Infrastructure Partners
  • Marc H. Blair, Tiger Infrastructure Partners
  • Alessandro M. Boninsegna, Tiger Infrastructure Partners
  • Neil Z. Auerbach, Hudson Clean Energy Partners
  • Wilson Chang, Hudson Clean Energy Partners
  • Matthew Potere, Sunlight Financial