Eli Smith, President & CEO

Eli Smith joined ECRE in 2012 as Senior Vice President to lead the corporate finance activities for the company. He became President & COO at the beginning of 2018 and was named CEO when Bud Cherry retired in June 2018. Prior to joining ECRE, he served as SVP of Business Development for Safari Energy, a commercial-scale solar development company focused on large solar development and energy efficiency projects for leading REITs, national retailers and private equity real estate firms.

Prior to joining Safari, Eli served as VP of Commercial Operations for Nuclear Innovation North America (“NINA”), a billion dollar joint venture between NRG Energy and Toshiba Corp formed to develop Advanced Boiling Water Reactors in the U.S. 

Previously, he was a Vice President in the Power and Utilities group at Citi Investment Banking.  During his time with Citi, Eli advised on nearly $20 billion of transactions across Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity, and Debt markets. 

Eli received his BS and MS degrees from Stanford University.

Eagle Creek's mission is to create value for investors, employees, host communities and all stakeholders through profitable and consistent growth in the development, acquisition and safe, reliable operation of a portfolio of small hydroelectric generating facilities.