Energy Efficiency Center Welcomes New Development Officer Mark de Groh


Mark de Groh has joined the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) as director of development and external relations. A recognized leader in the sustainability and smart cities communities, he comes to the EEC with more than 15 years of senior fundraising, research and development, and management experience.

Most recently, Mark served as the director of philanthropy for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). From strategic planning through implementation, he designed and led a philanthropic fundraising effort for USGBC, cultivating a myriad of executive-level relationships and securing a portfolio of six- and seven-figure gifts from corporate and foundation sources.

“We are excited to welcome Mark to our team,” said the EEC’s Executive Director Benjamin Finkelor. “With his track record for building creative and collaborative partnerships in the sustainability sector and beyond, Mark is in an ideal position to increase awareness of, and philanthropic and research support for, the EEC.”

The EEC’s mission is to accelerate the development and commercialization of energy efficiency technologies and to train future leaders in energy efficiency. This mission has attracted a team of innovators to UC Davis with knowledge and market expertise rare in depth and diversity.

“The EEC has assembled an unparalleled team at a world-class institution in arguably the most innovative region on earth,” said Mark. “With its partners, it’s pushing the limits of what’s possible to transform the energy industry. Its mission couldn’t be more urgent for the health and welfare of our society and our planet, and I feel privileged for this opportunity to be of service.”

Prior to his work for USGBC, Mark was director of innovation for the American Architectural Foundation. He also serves as an appointed member of the World Smart City Forum. An urban historian and spatial theorist by training, Mark holds advanced degrees in history from both The Ohio State University and Princeton University. He is currently finishing his doctoral degree in absentia from Princeton with a focus on urban resilience in Late Antiquity.