Curtis Probst

Former Managing Director

Curtis assists RMI’s major practice areas in the financial aspects of their research and collaboration activities. He works to ensure that RMI is being as rigorous and innovative as possible in the use of finance to maximize the impact of its work. He also develops and executes programs that seek to increase the availability and lower the cost of capital for critical initiatives. Curtis collaborates extensively with public sector and private sector stakeholders in the design of financing programs.


Prior to joining RMI, Curtis worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. for over 15 years in New York, most recently as a managing director in its investment banking division. Prior to joining the investment banking division, Curtis was a managing director in its fixed income, currency, and commodities division. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Curtis worked at Salomon Brothers, most recently as a vice president in its structured and project finance group. He joined Salomon Brothers in 1989 in its financial institutions group.

Curtis has participated in over $50 billion of financings secured by a broad range of assets, and has developed innovative solutions to raise capital for both corporate and governmental clients. Curtis also serves as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University, is on the Management Advisory Board of Earth Institute at Columbia University, serves on the United States Regional Advisory Council at University of Calgary, and is a member of CFA Institute and CFA Society of Stamford.

Curtis has served as a speaker, moderator or panelist on topics related to energy, finance and sustainability on events organized by:

  • Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • American Securitization Forum
  • Argyle Executive Forum
  • Banff Global Business Forum
  • California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy Roundtable
  • Distributed Sun New Energy Summit
  • HBS Green Business Alumni Association
  • HSBC Sustainable Financing Briefing
  • S&P U.S. Structured Credit Roundtable
  • Structured Finance News
  • Sustainable Investment Forum

Master of Public Administration, Columbia University
Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Calgary
2015 Management Alumni Excellence Award, recognizing personal achievement and extraordinary service to the business school and to the community (16th award recipient from among 22,000 Haskayne alumni)


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Authored Works
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Understanding the Innovation Dividend of Clean Energy Investment

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So You Want to Work in Sustainable Finance? RMI Provides Insight

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Reviewing the Sustainable Finance Landscape

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