“ The Clean Economist” Alison Wise  wisealf@gmail.com/  415-797-8099/  www.linkedin.com/in/alisonwise -Business Developmen...
Clean Economist:  Expert in policies, technologies and innovation in finance and markets that lead to transitioning from e...
Summary <ul><li>18+  years of experience on clean tech and socially responsible business  and policy strategies, including...
Key Accomplishments <ul><li>One of six strategists who built the Sustainable Business Achievement Rating system (S-BAR) wh...
Overview Timeline: Academic & Start-ups and NGOs, to Investing and Policy Work, to the Department of Energy/NREL and Consu...
Leadership Roles/Organizations <ul><li>WashPIRG  is an independent statewide student organization that works on issues lik...
Academic Background <ul><li>Reed College:  BA in History and Biology ,  senior thesis a history of science (ecology) </li>...
Technology Experience Ecotech Institute  5/2010-5/2011Technology: Followed the equipment needs for training students on th...
Policy Experience Ecotech Institute  5/2010-5/2011: Policy- Helped to begin communications between the clean tech industry...
Market Experience Ecotech Institute  5/2010-5/2011: Helped to begin communications between the clean tech industry policy ...
Corporate Relations/Government Relations
International Background: Exploring Innovation at the “Bottom of the Pyramid” Tallberg, Sweden 2008                       ...
For &quot;emerging economies,&quot; leveraging telecom
One recommendation (of several…..) <ul><li>“ I worked with Alison on several really innovative energy applications during ...
Logistics <ul><li>Can start as soon as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Relocation an option (anywhere) </li></ul><ul><li>My timez...
What we’ll talk about when we talk <ul><li>Looking for development, strategy, project management, analysis for impact and/...
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  1. 1. “ The Clean Economist” Alison Wise wisealf@gmail.com/ 415-797-8099/ www.linkedin.com/in/alisonwise -Business Development and Corporate Relations -Strategy Development and Policy Analysis/Advocacy -Project Finance and Management -Technology Assessment and Management Consulting -Clean Economic assessments and strategies for economic development
  2. 2. Clean Economist: Expert in policies, technologies and innovation in finance and markets that lead to transitioning from extraction (fossil fuels and other earth products as the economic development driver) to innovation as the economic driver
  3. 3. Summary <ul><li>18+ years of experience on clean tech and socially responsible business and policy strategies, including socially responsible investing and strategic consulting for Fortune 500 corporations. </li></ul><ul><li>Expert on clean technologies and policies/financing supporting these companies, on large corporations and utilities in the energy space , on social media strategies and branding, on corporate social responsibility and innovation in emerging economies . </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on clean economic development and aligning innovations in finance/markets, technologies, and policies to enhance prosperity for an increasing global population, proven strategies for raising funds for companies and projects </li></ul><ul><li>Experience with C-Level leadership contributing to development and external engagement strategies and with government agency and NGO leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent written and spoken communication skills , as well as robust skill set in strategic design and implementation for growth and branding strategies. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Key Accomplishments <ul><li>One of six strategists who built the Sustainable Business Achievement Rating system (S-BAR) whose methodology has just been adopted by United Laboratories (UL) for their assessment of business sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Contributing writer at the Huffington Post as The Clean Economist . </li></ul><ul><li>Serve on the advisory board of Phytonix, Gen-4 biobutanol company and advising several other stealth mode firms </li></ul><ul><li>Co-chair of regional Advanced Energy Economies, advisor to City of Boulder and Clean Energy Action </li></ul><ul><li>Senior strategist at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brought $5M of new program funds for the development of both the Market Data Resource Center and OpenEI (http://openei.org/). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Originated the idea for a virtual reference source for third party market research for the EERE portfolio technologies, which became the Market Data Resource Center leading coordinated access to data and analysis. Lead coordinator for the Venture Network and Venture Advisory Board , aligning the perspectives of the venture capital community with the priorities of the lab. Published on external platforms accessible writing on the promise and challenges for market transformation to clean energy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Originated the strategy for GIS mapping of clean energy economic data. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Overview Timeline: Academic & Start-ups and NGOs, to Investing and Policy Work, to the Department of Energy/NREL and Consulting Academic work, degrees in history/biology, MBA Work experience in business development (raised $Ms), policy, negotiations and sales Experience with research (NREL), think tanks and global thought leadership Twenty years of contacts and partners, policy-makers and venture capitalists Recognized writer and speaker; compelling and engaging communicator
  6. 6. Leadership Roles/Organizations <ul><li>WashPIRG is an independent statewide student organization that works on issues like environmental protection, consumer protection, and hunger and homelessness. </li></ul><ul><li>Progressive Asset Management, Inc. (PAM) is the first independent full-service investment brokerage in the US to specialize in socially responsible investing (SRI). Since 1987, they have used “our ownership in public companies as a powerful vehicle for economic, social, and environmental transformation.” </li></ul><ul><li>Future 500 forges relationships that matter between the world's best-known companies and stakeholder opinion leaders. Founded in December 1995 in Aspen, Colorado, Future 500 is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in San Francisco, with affiliate offices in Beijing and Tokyo, who collectively employ 30 professionals and maintain a network of 20 on-call correspondents - stakeholder professionals who can track and engage issues and groups almost anywhere they arise.. They are adept at shifting the focus of these conflicts about labor and the environment away from demonization toward collaborative solutions that get to the root cause of climate, water, resource, and labor/human rights challenges. </li></ul><ul><li> Sea Change is a non-profit advocacy firm working to promote environmentally sustainable business on behalf of business and corporate interests. Our advocacy staff are business professionals with a graduate level education who educate policy makers about the components and objectives of the sustainable business model, while working towards the passage of legislation that will enhance the competitiveness of sustainable business practices </li></ul><ul><li> Clean Edge, Inc ., founded in 2000, is the world’s first research and advisory firm devoted to the clean-tech sector. For more than a decade, the firm has delivered timely data, expert analysis, and comprehensive insights to key industry stakeholders. Clean Edge, with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon, offers an unparalleled suite of index, benchmarking, and advisory services. </li></ul><ul><li>NREL The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the only national (DOE) laboratory solely dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies from concept to commercial application.  For 35 years, NREL innovations, analysis, and expertise have enabled the emergence of a U.S. clean energy industry.  NREL's 327-acre main campus in Golden, Colorado, is a living model of sustainable energy.  The laboratory also operates the National Wind Technology Center on 305 acres located 13 miles north of its main campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing our workforce for careers in vocational clean tech positions. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Academic Background <ul><li>Reed College: BA in History and Biology , senior thesis a history of science (ecology) </li></ul><ul><li>U of O: Master of Business Administration, Management and Marketing: </li></ul><ul><li>Recipient of Public Relations Society of America/Fortune 500 &quot;Future Business Leader&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Vice-President, Net Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Co-Director, Sustainable Business Symposium </li></ul><ul><li> Business Writing Tutor/Graduate Teaching Assistant B.E.S.T. Learning Center </li></ul>Experience from 1996 to 2003 as socially responsible investor (Series 7,24 and 63) political lobbyist for the business case for environmental policy approach, & start-up company experiences in the “sustainable business” space all prior to focus on clean economics and clean technologies
  8. 8. Technology Experience Ecotech Institute 5/2010-5/2011Technology: Followed the equipment needs for training students on the skills needed for clean tech applications National Renewable Energy Lab 10/2007-7/2010: Technology: Consulted with EERE programs to identify resources for DOE annual market reports, building communications from the technology specifics to assessments for market growth. On the forefront of &quot;CleanWeb&quot; applications, combining Information Communication Technologies (ICT) with social media technologies to build strategies and new ways of communication for energy literacy at a community level. Clean Edge, Inc. 7/2006-10/2007:Technology: Lead research on potential for later stage generation technologies including overview on needed investment to scale., including qualitative research on the companies in NASQAQ’s Clean Edge Index as well as CSP research for silicon valley firms and investor research for clean tech on behalf of large energy company interests. Future 500/2004-10/2007Technology : Engaged robustly in the Hydrogen Highway CA project, working with GM on strategies around the Hi-Wire model and participating on the Hydrogen Highway Blue Ribbon Commission on behalf of the state executive leadership. Coordinated engagements on behalf of nascent bio-materials/bio-plastics corporate membership. Led agendas for webinars on BRIC nation's technology potential versus G-8 nation's technology potential. Sea Change Sustainable Business Interest Group 6/2003 – 10/2007: Represented the interests of recycled and zero waste business, geothermal and solar. Ecotech Institute 5/2010-5/2011Technology: Followed the equipment needs for training students on the skills needed for clean tech applications National Renewable Energy Lab 10/2007-7/2010: Technology: Consulted with EERE programs to identify resources for DOE annual market reports, building communications from the technology specifics to assessments for market growth. On the forefront of &quot;CleanWeb&quot; applications, combining Information Communication Technologies (ICT) with social media technologies to build strategies and new ways of communication for energy literacy at a community level. Clean Edge, Inc. 7/2006-10/2007:Technology: Lead research on potential for later stage generation technologies including overview on needed investment to scale., including qualitative research on the companies in NASQAQ’s Clean Edge Index as well as CSP research for silicon valley firms and investor research for clean tech on behalf of large energy company interests. Future 500/2004-10/2007 Technology: Engaged robustly in the Hydrogen Highway CA project, working with GM on strategies around the Hi-Wire model and participating on the Hydrogen Highway Blue Ribbon Commission on behalf of the state executive leadership. Coordinated engagements on behalf of nascent bio-materials/bio-plastics corporate membership. Led agendas for webinars on BRIC nation's technology potential versus G-8 nation's technology potential. Sea Change Sustainable Business Interest Group 6/2003 – 10/2007: Technology: Represented the interests of recycled and zero waste business, geothermal and solar. (Also background in social investing including IPO for Clipper Wind and policy work for environmental efforts for the Public Interest Research Group)
  9. 9. Policy Experience Ecotech Institute 5/2010-5/2011: Policy- Helped to begin communications between the clean tech industry policy community and the career college community to broaden the political perspective of each. National Renewable Energy Lab 10/2007-7/2010: Policy -Analysis expertise included: Renewable markets and private sector investments; FIT and PACE policies; Market/corporate policy; SmartGrid deployment and finance; Renewable energy and renewable fuels competitiveness, Best practices for incentivizing renewable energy and renewable fuels; Emerging markets for renewable technologies and emerging infrastructure issues; Climate issues, carbon and renewable market development. Clean Edge, Inc. 7/2006-10/2007:Policy- Lead research on newer forms of policies to strengthen clean tech market adoption, including clean energy lending institutions, federal and local portfolio standards, and innovation in market policies. Future 500/2004-10/2007: Policy- Represented the interests of PLA (bio-based, compostable plastics) in local and national forums. Worked on electronic recycling issues on behalf of corporate members, as well as transportation policies relating to new vehicle and fuels technologies. Sea Change Sustainable Business Interest Group 6/2003 – 10/2007: Coordinated and advocated on behalf of membership, for both specific industry policies (i.e. recycling, bio-based feedstocks, social investment) as well as broad policies (i.e. AB32 establishing carbon mitigation to propel clean technologies, B-Corp language to create corporate registration for fiduciary responsibility in terms of &quot;triple bottom-line&quot; objectives). 21st Century Tools: Innovation in Policies- Munis and Local
  10. 10. Market Experience Ecotech Institute 5/2010-5/2011: Helped to begin communications between the clean tech industry policy community and the career college community to broaden the political perspective of each. Expanded role leading strategies for growth and coordination with industry, as well as acting ambassador on behalf of the new organization. National Renewable Energy Lab 10/2007-7/2010: Originated the idea for a virtual reference source for third party market research for the EERE portfolio technologies, which became the Market Data Resource Center leading coordinated access to data and analysis. Lead coordinator for the Venture Network and Venture Advisory Board, aligning the perspectives of the venture capital community with the priorities of the lab. Published on external platforms accessible writing on the promise and challenges for market transformation to clean energy. Clean Edge, Inc. 7/2006-10/2007:Performed private assessments for the venture capital community on competitive landscapes for nascent clean technologies. Lead strategist for sensitive project on behalf of family shareholders of global energy corporation identifying risk assessment for lack of energy diversity in portfolio. Lead researcher for CE Index on qualitative assessment of potential companies for inclusion. Part of annual Clean Energy Trends report research team. Future 500/ 2004-10/2007 : Conducted strategic assessments for marketplace drivers for adoption of environmentally sustainable corporate practices. Mapped stakeholder strategies for public-private partnerships to accelerate environmentally responsible consumerism. Sea Change Sustainable Business Interest Group 6/2003 – 10/2007: Built business case for clean economic development by highlighting the job creation potential for companies built on innovation as opposed to extraction. Created visual presentations to point out commonalities in objectives between different types of environmentally and socially responsible businesses and investors. Communicated new market mechanisms to decision-makers on acceleration of competitiveness for sustainable businesses/corporations. 21st Century Tools: Innovation in Finance/Micro and Crowdsourcing
  11. 11. Corporate Relations/Government Relations
  12. 12. International Background: Exploring Innovation at the “Bottom of the Pyramid” Tallberg, Sweden 2008                                      
  13. 13. For &quot;emerging economies,&quot; leveraging telecom
  14. 14. One recommendation (of several…..) <ul><li>“ I worked with Alison on several really innovative energy applications during her tenure at NREL and I unequivocally endorse the insights, ideas and ability to integrate that she brought to the table and converted into real tools.... &quot;Wise&quot; well beyond her namesake and her innovations are top shelf -- visionary, collaborative, integrating new technologies with new communications media in ways that were powerful underneath and simple on the face generating real action by the users. Her thought leadership during this critical time of transition from 20th century energy paradigms to this century's understanding and communication of our nation's energy &quot;infrastructure&quot; will help greatly with strategies we test, develop and embrace as we make progress towards a cleaner economy. I expect more great things and trust an important piece of our future to Alison.” </li></ul><ul><li>-Darrell Beschen, Chief Economist, U.S Department of Energy, May 31, 2011. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Logistics <ul><li>Can start as soon as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Relocation an option (anywhere) </li></ul><ul><li>My timezone is MDT, but can be flexible for global conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Skype is an option for discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Salary is very negotiable, but I do have a floor </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation is serious, I do not tend to take myself so in most situations… </li></ul>
  16. 16. What we’ll talk about when we talk <ul><li>Looking for development, strategy, project management, analysis for impact and/or external affairs leadership roles. </li></ul><ul><li>Your organization’s strategy for acceleration during this shift towards clean technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions for me? </li></ul><ul><li>www.linkedin.com/in/alisonwise I have almost 3000 contacts in our “field” if you would like access to my network. </li></ul><ul><li>415-797-8099 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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