Ja Kao, President & CEO, has over eighteen years of finance and legal experience as an investment banker, tax lawyer and renewables executive, structuring and placing complex financial instruments and structuring and executing M&A transactions across sectors, including financial services, media, telecom, energy (both traditional and renewable), consumer products and industrials. Ja has structured and closed over a billion dollars of tax equity transactions.
Prior to joining Onyx as President in 2015, Ja worked at The Blackstone Group, where she was a Managing Director on the Structured Solutions team of Blackstone Advisory Partners. While at Blackstone, she led the renewable energy investment banking practice, covering wind, solar and other technology companies. Ja structured multiple tax equity financing transactions for solar and wind projects. Prior to The Blackstone Group, Ja was a tax associate at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling, LLP in New York and worked on complex M&A, capital markets, cross-border finance and private client matters.
Ja received a JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA with a major in Economics from Brandeis University. Ja serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and previously served on the Board of Directors for Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE).