Adam Edelen


Founder & CEO

Adam Edelen is a dynamic leader with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in both the public and private sectors.

Adam Edelen is a dynamic leader with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in both the private and public sectors.

Adam is the founder of Edelen Renewables, which has garnered significant attention for structuring innovative partnerships between coal interests in Appalachia and global renewable energy giants.

As a chief of staff to former Kentucky governor, Steve Beshear, and later as the State Auditor of Kentucky, Adam earned a reputation as a modernizer and reformer in government. His efforts resulted in prison terms for corrupt politicians and school administrators, uncovered fraud and abuse in Kentucky’s nearly $3 billion system of “Ghost Government” (special taxing districts), and the testing of more than 3,000 previously unaccounted for rape kits..

Adam has been described in the media as “a man on a mission” and “a refreshing example of leadership”, and his record of accomplishments have garnered state and national recognition. He has been named the Outstanding Young Kentuckian and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Junior Chamber Commerce, an honor previously bestowed upon presidents Kennedy, Ford, Nixon, and Clinton. More recently he has been honored by the Aspen Institute, the German Marshall Fund, and the Kentucky Rural Health Association.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and currently sits on its Board of Public Health. He is an avid sportsman, a proud father of twin sons, a student of history, and a University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball and football fan.

Nathan Cryder


Chief Operating Officer

Nathan Cryder has a broad range of executive and leadership experience in the business, government, non-profit, and education sectors.

In business, he is a founder or co-founder of several companies including Breakout, the world’s largest escape room company, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky with over 1,000 employees and 45 locations throughout the U.S. and one in South Africa. Nathan is also the co-founder and former CEO of Sig Luscher Brewery, a Frankfort, Kentucky-based brewery with the tenth oldest legacy of any operational brewery in the U.S. (founded in 1866 and reopened in 2018).

In the non-profit sector, he was the acting Director of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation-U.S., founded by 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, who has dedicated his life to ensuring children’s rights in India and globally since 1981. Nathan continues to serve on a pro-bono basis as an advisor to Mr. Satyarthi and his son, Bhuwan Ribhu, the founder and director of India Child Protection Fund.

In government, Nathan was Senior Advisor and Policy Director to Edelen Ventures founder, Adam Edelen, when he was the Kentucky State Auditor, and in education, he has taught high school and college courses in economics, history, sociology, psychology, history, web design, graphic design, and video editing.

Nathan holds dual masters in diplomacy and sociology from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. in sociology from Miami (OH) University. He has a daughter and a son, and enjoys his free time traveling, reading, and writing.

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.