Chad Braden

Director of Operations

Chad is a results-oriented sustainability professional with proven abilities in strategic
planning, managing projects, improving efficiency of operations, and team-building.

He comes to the Edelen Renewables team with an extensive background in the field of sustainability consulting and as the former Director of Sustainability for Stonebridge Hospitality where his primary focus was to guide hotels through the process of retrofitting their energy systems to clean, modern and cost-saving alternatives.

Prior to his sustainability career, Chad was an Assistant Director in New York City working in feature films, commercials, and music videos. Three of his films have won top honors at the Sundance Film Festival. Currently, he is co-producing a documentary film that examines the shift from coal to renewable energy and the impact and potential opportunities this change could offer the mining communities in eastern Kentucky and tribal lands (the working title is “A Just Transition”).

His educational endeavors have earned him a Masters in Business Administration in Sustainability (Green MBA) from Antioch University, as well as an Associate in Film Production from Valencia College in Orlando Florida. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional. Chad has a son, Carter, who serves as both the center of his world and his primary motivation to make impactful environmental change. Together they enjoy camping, hiking, and staring at the stars.