Michael S. Cumberland (“Shawn”) (60) is a Managing Partner of EnCap Energy Transition Fund (EETF) and has over 30 of years of experience in power and gas infrastructure. Just prior to forming EETF, Mr. Cumberland was with Prisma Energy II, a private entity focused on investments in energy storage. Previously, from 2016 to 2018, Mr. Cumberland was Head of North America for Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and established the U.S. office. During his tenure at Quinbrook, the U.S. team originated three major portfolio companies: Scout Clean Energy (a wind development company), GlidePath Power Solutions (a battery and distributed power developer), and Arevia Power (developer of the Gemini Solar Project in Nevada, approximately 1GW). He originated and managed the investment in Scout, which represents one of Quinbrook’s largest investments.
From 2002 to 2016, Mr. Cumberland was with Arctas Capital Group, a company he co-founded that was an investor and advisor on several renewables and other energy infrastructure projects, both domestically and internationally. Previously, Mr. Cumberland was with Enron, where he held senior executive roles, including President of Enron Caribbean, a role that was responsible for 15 energy businesses in eight countries (including power generation and distribution, gas pipelines, gas processing, LNG, and LPG) and served on the boards of two regionally listed companies. Mr. Cumberland was also previously a Senior Managing Director at El Paso Merchant Energy, and was a co-founder of both The Wing Group and Power Pacific Company –firms that developed power infrastructure investments in emerging markets. Mr. Cumberland started his career in 1986 as a corporate securities and finance attorney in the Houston and London offices of Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Mr. Cumberland holds a Juris Doctor degree and a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with honors and highest honors, respectively. He serves on the Advisory Board of the renowned Energy Institute of the University of Texas, a multi-disciplinary research organization that taps 350 energy-related facility and researchers across 30 energy centers. Mr. Cumberland previously served on the board of directors and audit committee for Saavi Energia, the fourth largest independent power company in Mexico, until the sale of the company by Actis Capital in August 2021. Mr. Cumberland also sits on the boards of Catalyze, Broad Reach Power, Jupiter Power, Solar Proponent and Triple Oak Power.