Director + CEO
PETE KADENS is a serial entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist. He has started three companies, which have employed thousands of people over the last 13 years, including one of the largest commercial solar companies in the US, SoCore Energy.
Under his leadership, SoCore grew into a company with operations across 17 states and was named one of Chicago's most innovative businesses by Chicago Innovation Awards. In 2013, he sold SoCore Energy to Edison International, a Fortune 500 energy holding company.
He is one of five cannabis industry CEOs selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the nation's leading organization focused solely on federal and state-wide marijuana policy reform.
Pete believes deeply in, and actively leads, organizations that seek to transform lives and strengthen communities, serving as Chairman of StreetWise (2009 – present), one of the largest homeless aid organizations in the Midwest. He also serves as board member at The Cara Program, one of the largest non-profit workforce training programs in the Midwest which focuses on preparing individuals on the verge of homelessness for employment. He is also the CEO of Purpose Investors, his own investment vehicle investing in businesses that have significant social impact.
Pete was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus for Citizenship in 2010 by his alma mater, Bucknell University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He was also named 40 under 40 by Crains Chicago Business in 2012.
In his abundant spare time, he and wife Amy hang out with their three toddler aged kids soaking in their every move. You can also find Pete at the gym really early in the morning. Really early.