Carmen is an executive director in EY’s Transaction Advisory Services practice in New York City. For over 13 years, Carmen has advised large and middle market private equity, infrastructure fund investors and corporate acquirers on their transactions in various industries, with a particular focus on infrastructure and energy. Carmen’s experience includes leading multifunctional teams on complex, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, carve-out transactions and divestitures. She has successfully advised on more than 50 transactions ranging from $10M to over $20B in enterprise value.
Carmen has extensive experience advising investors in a variety of infrastructure subsectors, including seaports, airports, waste, water and wastewater, regulated utilities, power generation, transmission, midstream, toll roads, parking, and other infrastructure-related segments.Carmen received a Bachelor of Science from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. In addition to serving on the Steering Committee for the New York Chapter of Women's Infrastructure Network, Carmen sits on the Board of the New York Chapter of Women’s Energy Network, a not-for-profit association focused on providing women in the energy profession networking opportunities and career and leadership development.
Ms. Fitts is a corporate partner, a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Group. She has extensive experience representing a broad range of clients in the U.S. and globally. Her practice focuses on M&A transactions, projects and restructurings, as well as navigating the unique issues presented by joint ventures and other multi-party governance arrangements.
Ms. Fitts received her B.A. magna cum laude in History and Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.A. in East Asian History from the University of Pennsylvania also in 1987 and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990. Ms. Fitts reads and speaks Japanese.
In addition to serving on the Steering Committee for the New York Chapter of Women's Infrastructure Network, she actively lends her expertise to a range of pro bono initiatives. These efforts have included work for a variety of organizations, including the Global LPG Partnership, an organization dedicated to solving one of the most intractable human health, climate and energy challenges in the developing world, the Global Development Incubator, and Harvard Law School’s “Free the Law” project. Ms. Fitts serves as director on the board of Scenic Hudson, a non-profit credited with launching the grass-roots environmental movement and winning the right of citizens to initiate lawsuits to protect their environment. She also serves in leadership roles for a wide range of professional organizations committed to exploring and addressing environmental and energy issues.
Heather Godsmark is a Managing Director in the Office of the Global Chairman at KPMG, a multi-billion dollar professional services firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to corporate and government entities in the US and globally. Heather has significant experience in the climate change, sustainability and infrastructure consulting sectors, including responsibility for building new global businesses for KPMG. Throughout her career, Heather has had significant multinational experience including living in and working for KPMG in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the U.S. Heather is the KPMG Network of Women (KNOW) Partner Sponsor for the Parents Who KNOW committee, which plans and executes various programs that support working parents across KPMG.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna cum Laude, from the University of Miami and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh and ENPC (Paris). Heather was also a Fulbright Fellow at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
In addition to serving on the Steering Committee for the New York Chapter of Women's Infrastructure Network, She is a member of the Alumni Executive Committee for St. Mark's School (Southborough, MA) and serves as the Chair of the St. Mark's Washington, DC Area Alumni Chapter.
Melissa Richards is a Senior Vice President and Head of Infrastructure Project Management within the Private Funds Group. Ms. Richards is responsible for the development, structuring and launch of new private funds through the management of fundraising campaigns from concept to close. Prior to joining Brookfield in 2016, Ms. Richards was an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Infrastructure funds, responsible for investor activities globally. As an early member of the infrastructure platform, Melissa played a significant role in fundraising and marketing platform development. She joined Morgan Stanley in 2004 as a senior risk advisor in foreign exchange derivatives, following eight years at BNP Paribas and five years at Credit Suisse in FX Sales and Trading.
Ms. Richards received her BS in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In addition to serving on the Steering Committee for the New York Chapter of Women's Infrastructure Network, she serves on the Board of Directors for Urban Pathways, a New York City nonprofit serving homeless men and women.
As a Vice President and seasoned Bid Director, Kate Speir has over 18 years of experience in project finance, commercial negotiations and infrastructure development in both the US and Canadian markets.
Kate has successfully executed bid strategy and management of complex infrastructure projects valuing over $3 billion, most notably the $367 million Presidio Parkway Project in San Francisco where she acted in the capacity of Bid Director and General Manager, as well as executing over $2.5 billion in design-build-finance-operate-maintain model infrastructure projects in Alberta, Canada. Currently, Ms. Speir is responsible for business and project development in the US market with a focus on transportation infrastructure.
Kate has an Honours BA Degree from the University of Toronto and has completed numerous business and dispute resolution courses at Harvard Business School, Sauder School of Business, and University of Toronto.
In addition to Chairing the Steering Committee for the New York Chapter of Women's Infrastructure Network, Kate has also been involved as Planning Committee Chair for the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, and Active Mentor for Canada InfoNet (an organization supporting the needs of new immigrants to Canada).