Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources
Brad Ives was named Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources in January 2013. He oversees the following divisions and offices within the department: Marine Fisheries, Parks and Recreation, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Aquariums, and Zoo.
Brad has extensive experience in law and business -- especially in renewable energy -- and was most recently employed with Semprius, Inc., a North Carolina-based manufacturer of advanced solar panels. During his career, he has served as Chief Executive Officer for Integro Earth Fuels, Inc., a biomass energy technology company, and was the founder and CEO of Illumination Renewables LLC, a renewable energy project development company.
During his time with Illumination Renewables, the company partnered with Siemens to develop an award-winning landfill gas-to-energy project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to provide renewable energy to an ExxonMobil plant. The project had a meaningful impact on the environment,equivalent to removing 59,000 cars from the roads or planting 79,000 acres of new forest. The project is an example of how companies can work to protect and enhance the environment while also saving money on energy costs.
In addition to his work in the renewable energy field, Brad has extensive experience in investment management and law. From 2002-2008, he was a Managing Director in the London and Charlotte offices of Babson Capital Management, where he was instrumental in founding Braemar Energy Ventures, an energy technology venture capital firm. Brad spent the first 12 years of his career as a lawyer in New York and Charlotte working on complex financial transactions.
Brad received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and is a graduate of the UNC School of Law. He also was in the first graduating class of the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics.
Brad grew up in Brevard on a summer camp in the North Carolina mountains that has been in his family for four generations. A childhood spent hiking in the Pisgah National Forest and canoeing on the French Broad River instilled a love for his home state’s beauty and natural resources, eventually leading him to take on his current position with the state agency charged with protecting them.