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Lach Litwer, MBA

Principal

Mr. Litwer is a Principal at Wōden, llc. Prior to joining Wōden, he directed energy infrastructure investment for Allotrope Partners, a Bay Area Venture Fund. His work focused on energy access and resilience projects partnering energy cooperatives, international microgrid and energy storage developers, and multinational development banks. He also co-founded Optimist Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm that develops, owns, and operates mixed use and workforce housing properties in New York and Oregon. 

Before entering the private sector Mr. Litwer served as a Presidential Appointee in the United States Department of Defense from 2009 to 2013 where he was assigned as the Legislative Affairs Joint Matters Team Chief for the National Guard Bureau before assignment as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (IE). In these roles he led policy initiatives expanding public-private partnership financing for energy and infrastructure projects supporting installation resilience and cost management. He was a co-author of the fiscal impacts analysis for Secretary of Defense Gates’ Comprehensive Review Work Group for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. 

Previous to his service at the Pentagon, Mr. Litwer deployed to Afghanistan with the United States Army as an embedded trainer for the Afghan National Army. For his service he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal. 

Mr. Litwer served previously in campaign management for three national political candidates where he provided leadership in political constituency building, field operations, and fundraising.

In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Litwer holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business and is a Civil Affairs Officer in the United States Army Reserves assigned to the 445 Civil Affairs BN, in Mountain View, California.

Education

UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business
MBA, 2015

University of Oregon
B.S., Psychology & Business, 2004

Activities & Affiliations

• Security Fellow, Truman National Security Project
• Urban Land Institute, SF Chapter
• Major, United States Army Reserve