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Grace Drinker

Senior Engagement Analyst at Aon Infrastructure Solutions

Chicago, Illinois
  1. Standard & Poor's
  1. James Madison University

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James Madison University

James Madison University

Finance; European Business

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Senior Engagement Analyst

Aon Infrastructure Solutions
– Present (1 year 8 months)Greater Chicago Area

Associate Director

Standard & Poor's
(1 year)

Act as the primary credit analyst for a diverse portfolio of power and renewable energy corporate and project financings that total $6.7 billion in rated debt, with a focus on contracted power projects, wind power developers, and the solar sector.

-Credit analysis includes an extensive assessment of business, financial, and structural risk as it relates to inherent cash flow volatility.
-Interact with issuers’ senior management and top investors to discuss the primary drivers of a credit rating, supported by extensive research publications that detail such analysis.
-Global coordinator for Standard & Poor’s renewable energy GIFT team, focusing on renewable energy initiatives and outreach.
-Provide significant analytical outreach through webcasts, published commentary, conference presentations, investor meetings, and Standard & Poor’s CreditMatters TV. The most recent presentations included trends in wind and solar power, as well as traditional project financings.


Standard & Poor's
(2 years)

-Completed a 3-month rotation in Standard & Poor’s London office analyzing public-private partnerships, in particular through England’s Private Finance Initiative.
-Launched a rating on a large landmark project financing in Brazil, involving significant collaboration with the Latin America office for the assessment of a new asset class.
-Acted as the spokesperson for Standard & Poor’s solar criteria through extensive discussions with solar developers and manufacturers, banks, investors, and internal management.

Ratings Specialist, Rating Analyst, Senior Research Assistant, Research Assistant

Standard & Poor's
(4 years 9 months)

-Served as the primary analyst for the development of criteria to assess the credit quality of solar panel manufacturers. -Worked with a team of senior analysts to develop criteria for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar thermal systems
-Performed confidential credit assessments as required under the Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program for multiple projects, including PV manufacturers, solar power projects, biomass power plants, and other forms of renewable energy.
-Completed extensive due diligence on various contracts and documents relating to project finance such as Engineering, Procurement and Construction contracts, credit documents, Purchase Power Agreements, Technical & Engineering reports, etc.
-Supported a team of 10 credit analysts through financial modeling, contract analysis, and market research to ensure accuracy of new and existing ratings, and to provide superior credit analysis through market commentary and presentations.
-Performed credit estimates for various projects and corporations in a variety of industries, including Independent Power Producers with merchant exposure, ethanol producers, and oil drilling companies.
-Served as the utility spokesperson for any issues or revisions to the company’s internal financial modeling database


  • Solar Power
  • Wind Power
  • Project Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Credit Analysis
  • Financial Risk
  • Power Generation
  • Offshore Drilling
  • Financial Statement...
  • Cash Flow Forecasting
  • PeopleSoft
  • Capital IQ
  • PPP
  • Infrastructure
  • Due Diligence


James Madison University

Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance; European Business

Course work in statistical analysis, economics, general business management, communications, finance, accounting, and derivatives

Honors & Awards

Internal award at S&P for recognition as a role model within the organization

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